Friday, September 8, 2017

Book Review: 'The Medusa Plot' by Gordon Korman

"All these are the beginning of sorrows." -- Matthew 24:8 (NKJV)

Don't miss this book!

It's been just three years since "The Maze of Bones" started the hunt for the 39 clues. A lot has happened since then, and perhaps the best is the publication of "The Medusa Plot," which provides a wonderfully rich story, lots of character development, meaningful action, and reader-engaging events.

If you haven't read the original series, close this review before reading further and read "The Maze of Bones" instead and follow the 39 Clues books in order from there.

If you have read that series, you are in for a treat with "The Medusa Plot." One of the book's best qualities is in the way that Gordon Korman draws on the reader's knowledge of the characters from the prior books to build a more complex and compelling story than would normally launch a new series. The characters may be the same in name and family relationships, but they have matured and developed as a result of meeting the 39 Clues challenges. "The Medusa Plot" nicely presents new challenges that stretch the characters in new and interesting ways.

Where the 39 Clues series pitted the different family branches of the Cahills against one another, "The Medusa Plot" pulls the Cahills together to fend off a ruthless challenge from the Vespers.

This story opens with a series of kidnappings designed to force the Cahills to work for the Vespers in ways that are not in the best interests of the Cahills or the rest of the world. Naturally, Amy and Dan try to resist . . . but it's not easy.

One of my favorite changes from the earlier series is that Amy and Dan now have friends who are affected by their challenges. I'm sure younger readers will find those aspects of the story particularly relevant.

The action in this story is better done than in most of the earlier books. In that sense, "The Medusa Plot" in many ways resembles an excellent adult thriller."

Enjoy! I envy you the fun of reading this story for the first time!

Editor's note: This review has been published with the permission of Donald Mitchell. Like what you read? Subscribe to the SFRB's free daily email notice so you can be up-to-date on our latest articles. Scroll up this page to the sign-up field on your right.

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