You might be the treasure, but we’re the answer…
The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall is a quick-paced story about a secret society order, and the sixteen-year old girl, Avery, at the heart of it. This book is probably the only book I’ve read that was really centred around a conspiracy, and the conspiracy was even better than I thought it would be. Although there were some things that irked me, overall, The Conspiracy of Us was a great read and a fantastic start to a new series.
Avery West’s newfound family can shut down Prada when they want to shop in peace, and can just as easily order a bombing when they want to start a war. Part of a powerful and dangerous secret society called the Circle, they believe Avery is the key to an ancient prophecy. Some want to use her as a pawn. Some want her dead.
To unravel the mystery putting her life in danger, Avery must follow a trail of clues from the monuments of Paris to the back alleys of Istanbul with two boys who work for the Circle—beautiful, volatile Stellan and mysterious, magnetic Jack. But as the clues expose a stunning conspiracy that might plunge the world into World War 3, she discovers that both boys are hiding secrets of their own. Now she will have to choose not only between freedom and family–but between the boy who might help her save the world, and the one she’s falling in love with.
The plot of The Conspiracy of Us was great for me. There’s a lot of mystery behind figuring out exactly what everyone’s motives are, but especially what exactly the mandate means and who The One is. That was my favourite part. I always try to solve riddles in a book (even though I am terrible at it), and this one wasn’t one that I could crack. The book ends without us still knowing what everything means, so I’m guessing more of that mystery will bleed into the second book. The pace of this book was great. I wouldn’t have minded if it were a bit quicker, but I never found myself bored or skimming any parts.
What didn’t work for me were the characters – or really just Avery and Jack. Avery gave off this vibe of being a little all about herself; she was a little selfish. There are serious and very real consequences of her being romantically involved with her love interest but she still puts them both in a really terrible position. And while I understand how this served the plot, I’m not a fan of characters who can’t or don’t think beyond the right now moment. I also couldn’t understand the logic behind her judgment and the decisions she made.I just couldn’t understand her sometimes.*highlight for spoilers* I mean, you were just physically threatened with a knife by a stranger, and yet you remain in close proximity to him? You’re really having a hard time choosing between someone who lied to you and someone who physically threatened you (again)? Come on Avery, you can be smarter, more realistic and practical than that!
As for Jack, there wasn’t anything specific that annoyed me. It was more than he was a character I’ve seen before: the guy who seems tough but really has some vulnerability to him. It’s not a bad trope, but it is disappointing because then I don’t feel any particular connection to him that any other male leads with the same personality. Stellan, on the other hand, I really liked. He was funny in a fresh way, and I felt more of a connection between him and Avery than between Avery and Jack. I’m officially shipping Avery and Stellan. Avellan. Stavery. Averellan. Someone please stop me.
Overall, I liked the plot a lot better than I liked the characters. The plot was original and unpredictable, while the two main characters fell a little flat. Even still, The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall was a great read, and I’ll definitely be continuing the series. I’m looking forward to seeing what mysteries the next book solved, and hopefully getting to know more of the secondary cast.