July 30, 2012

A Brand New Enemy • The Medusa Plot

The Medusa Plot book cover
The Medusa Plot by Gordon Korman
Series: 39 Clues: Cahills vs. Vespers #1
Publisher: Scholastic
Publication Date: August 30, 2011
Source/Format: Bought || Hardcover

Thirteen-year-old Dan Cahill and his older sister, Amy, thought they belonged to the world's most powerful family. They thought the hunt for 39 Clues leading to the source of that power was over. They even thought they'd won. But Amy and Dan were wrong. 

One by one, distress calls start coming in from around the globe. Cahills are being kidnapped by a shadowy group known only as the Vespers. Now Amy and Dan have only days to fulfill a bizarre ransom request or their captured friends will start dying. Amy and Dan don't know what the Vespers want or how to stop them. Only one thing is clear. The Vespers are playing to win, and if they get their hands on the Clues . . . the world will be their next hostage.

If you can't tell from my series review of the 39 Clues, I absolutely adore it - and the fact that there's this little spin-off makes me so, so happy. THE MEDUSA PLOT still has the elements I loved from the 39 Clues - adventure and action, exotic locations and the amazing Cahill family, but with a twist - the introduction of a completely new villain (the Vespers).

As with any 39 Clues book, we get to go an incredible, heart-pounding adventure along with Amy, Dan and a few more Cahills. The book follows the same formula as the ones before it, which makes it fairly predictable a read, but I still found it enjoyable. The new "enemy" is still unpredictable to me, but I cannot wait to discover more about these lethal, ruthless killers.

The book (and the entire series) is targeted towards middle grade readers, and I'm absolutely certain they'll enjoy reading it. But even for an older audience, like me, THE MEDUSA PLOT is certainly a fun, light and quick read that will keep you entertained.


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