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The Viper's Nest (The 39 Clues, Book 7) Hardcover – February 2, 2010
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The plot continues on straightaway from book six, and I would recommend going back and re-reading the last chapter of IN TOO DEEP before you set foot into book seven -- just to re-orient yourself in the Cahill world. I don't want to delve too deeply into the plot here, but rest assured, there is plenty more action, intrigue, and the final revelation of Dan and Amy's family branch.
This is the second installment in the series from Lerangis, and I remember really enjoying book three -- THE SWORD THIEF -- by him. The plot moves along swiftly, and he reminds us of just enough without seeming like he's dumping previous information down our throats. A lot of the typical CLUES staples are here as well -- a reigning family nemesis throughout the book, more mysteries and twists -- and the final page is one that made me sit back and say, "WHAT!" I will definitely be eagerly waiting for the next book coming out in a few months.
THE 39 CLUES continues to be a fairly solid book series perfect for the 3rd to 7th grade set (and beyond). Definitely one to have on your bookshelf.
Unlike the earlier books, this book felt informative but not particularly engaging. Not that it was a bad book, it just didn't feel like we had as much character growth from the characters as we have in previous books. This is more about having Amy and Dan reacting to the events of the last book [if you haven't already read book six then this is a SPOILER: Irina Spasky died saving them in a fire--I don't know if I really believe she was gone, but it does seem likely] than about really delving into who they are. They come off as a little flatter and even perhaps slightly regressed, from the Dan and Amy we have come to know.
We do get a new surprise as Dan and Amy learn more about their ancestry and Amy remembers more about the night their parents died, but this is not really much in the way of character growth.
Ultimately, this book feels more like it bridges books six and eight than it does feel like a solid book on its own (sort of like the filler episodes on shows between episodes that are about the bigger mythology). It wasn't bad, but it wasn't great beyond the surprise at the end.
At this point the reader has to have faith that the payoff will be worth the investment to date. Will the big reveal at the end show that all these books in the middle were relevant to the plot in important ways? Or are they just padding out the series? I'm betting on the former but if the latter it's very entertaining padding. Bring on the next one.
This time, we get to learn about South Africa, and particularly about Apartheid. And I am so glad that it's Dan whom is into the location, because if he had been running around, complaining about having to learn this stuff...yikes. Not a good message there. Amy takes a bit of a backseat as she deals with her own emotions (and I honestly can't recall the issue), and Nellie seems to waive away notions that she might be some sort of trained agent (though who knows, maybe that's what an agent WOULD do), leaving the women of the story a bit disenfranchised.
Overall, it's an okay addition to the series. It does leave me quite excited for the next book, when the Cahill branch revelation becomes important. I just wish they hadn't used it for so much advertising here.
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