Published by Balzer + Bray on Oct 30, 2012
Genres: Fantasy, MG, Thriller, YA
Format: ARC from Publisher
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Imagine your father has been found dead. Strange men armed with guns show up at his funeral. And those same men have begun to follow you. Now you’re on the run.
When Edward Michael “Em” Goverton uncovers the key to a five-hundred-year-old deadly prediction by the prophet Nostradamus, personal tragedy morphs into international crisis. Soon Em finds himself enmeshed in a sinister web of shocking events where nothing is quite as it seems. Aided by Victor, a mysterious stranger, and Charlotte, a family friend, Em follows a trail of cryptic clues that leads the trio into a conspiracy of world-shattering proportions.
But the ominous forces behind the plot are not about to sit back and let their plans be ruined. Soon their net begins to close in on Em, and it’s a race against the clock for the trio to finish what Em’s father started—and prevent a catastrophe that threatens the lives of an entire generation.Bestselling author Herbie Brennan has crafted an edge-of-your-seat thriller that grabs readers by the throat and won’t let them go until they’ve reached the very last page.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
This is a thrilling adventure mystery for middle grade or younger YA readers. With a male hero and lots of action, I can see this being a book that many young boys will enjoy. With a strong female sidekick and the hint of a sweet, age-appropriate crush, many young girls will enjoy it too.
There are many twists and turns to the story, and even as an adult reader, I wasn’t able to guess all of them. I did get a bit confused at one point about who was the good guy and who was the bad guy as there were many flips and reveals, but it all got squared away in the end.
One of the main attractions of this story is the ordinariness of the main character. Em is a sweet, normal guy who learns to roll with the punches and surprises, and spends most of the story trying to keep up with everything that is happening. He’s such a likable and relatable character, that it’s impossible not to root for him.
Overall, I was impressed at the depth of this story. It may be aimed at younger readers, but it’s still exciting and intriguing, regardless of your age. It’s a book that I fully intend to push on my young nephews as I think the excitement and adventure should be intriguing enough to hold anyone’s attention.