I received this book for free from ARC received from publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Conspiracy 365: January by Gabrielle Lord
Series: Conspiracy365 #1
Published by Hodder Children's Division on 2010
Genres: action & adventure, middle fiction, thriller & suspense
Source: ARC received from publisher
On New Year's Eve, Cal is chased down the street by a crazed man with a deadly warning: they killed your father and they'll kill you. You must survive the next 365 days Cal finds himself hunted by ruthless criminals and the police. Somehow he must uncover the truth about his father's mysterious death and solve the Ormond Singularity.
I’m not much of a thriller reader, probably because they are either chillingly realistic (defying my ‘reading as escapism’ mantra) or stretch the bounds of believability so far that my rather cynical nature kicks in and the flow of the story is broken by my continual eye rolling at yet another coincidence that saves/threatens the hero.
I have enjoyed the first few books of this series, but have found the breakneck pace of the plot at times a little annoying. Just how many ‘random’ events can happen to threaten the safety of one teenaged boy? Putting that aside, the pace did keep me turning pages to see just how the author was going to get Callum out of his latest impossible-to-escape-from dilemma or what disaster was just around the corner when he did finally get a chance to relax for five minutes.
Older audiences or those familiar with the suspense/thriller genre might find the day and time countdowns scattered through the text distracting. I was often left wondering just how a particular event had taken 20 minutes to unfold or how they had managed to cram so much action into 5 minutes. For me, the reading experience would have been much better if the story had simply been broken down day by day.
All that being said, these books will no doubt be extremely popular with young male readers particularly and apparently have quite an enthusiastic following amongst teens. I haven’t checked out the Conspiracy 365 website in any great detail, but there is additional info and interactive experiences on offer there including monthly competitions.
With a new book released every month during 2010, it isn’t too late to get on board with Conspiracy 365. The book for September will be available within the next few days and another three books are still to come before the series draws to a conclusion in December.
Recommended for readers aged 10+ years.by