Disclosure: I received an advance reader’s copy of this book from the Amazon Vine Program in exchange for an honest review.
Cahills vs. Vespers: The Medusa Plot by Gordon Korman
From the back of the book:
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 hvae just days to fulfill a bizarre ranson request or their captured friends will start dying. Amy and Dan don’t know what the Vestpers want or how tot 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.
What I liked about the book: I like that we get to see how the hunt for the 39 Clues changed Dan and Amy. The characters are not stagnant at all and with this offshoot of the original series, are continuing to grow. We get to see a lot more into Dan’s character in this installment. Even though Dan and Amy survived the hunt, they didn’t escape unscathed. We get a glimpse into the dark side of Dan, which is disturbing because I don’t want him to make bad choices. However, it’s works well for the story as it pricks the reader’s interest. Not only will readers want to find out more about just who the Vespers are, but they are sure to want to know about what happens to Dan. What path will he take?
What I didn’t like about the book: I’m worried about Dan. Though I think it makes for a good story, I don’t like it when there is potential for a character I like to suffer. I guess it’s the mom in me.
Though a good book, it’s not quite the thriller the other books were. We don’t get to see as many famous historical characters, though that might change in future books. We do get a taste of Caravaggio and brief mentions of Da Vinci, Marco Polo and Pliny the Great. One of my favorite things about The 39 Clues series was the historical tie-ins. Hopefully, we’ll see that in future books about the Vespers.
Recommended for 3rd Grade and up.
AR Book level: 5.3