Conspiracy 365 by Gabrielle Lord: http://c0397.myubam.com/p/1006/conspiracy-365-january-book-1
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On New Year’s Eve, Cal is chased down the street by a staggering, sick man with a deadly warning They killed your father. They’ll kill you. You must survive the next 365 days. Hurled into a life on the run the 15-year-old fugitive is isolated and alone. Hunted by the law and ruthless criminals, Cal must somehow uncover the truth about his father’s mysterious death and a history-changing secret. Who can he turn to, who can he trust, when the whole world seems to want him dead? The clock is ticking. Any second could be his last. -GoodReads
I was very pleasantly surprised by this book, since it is not really the genre I normally read. What drew me into the action and adventure was the puzzle aspect of the story… the mysterious drawings, the enigma of the Ormond Singularity, the bad guys hiding in the shadows. The suspense is high, we don’t know who to trust, and we have to question everything as the plot unfolds! I couldn’t stop reading!
The plots moves forward at a fast pace, and the action just keeps coming. Every minute our hero’s life is in danger, keeping the reader on the edge of their seat. The writing reflects the fast pace, keeping the sentences clear and concise with a forcefulness that drives home every word.
I liked that the story is told from the main character’s POV; it makes the story feel immediate. I also like the headings telling the time as it leaps from time to time on the clock. It makes the reader keep track of each minute that goes by as the days count down. It is so cool that the pages count BACKWARDS! It starts at page 185 and ends on page 001. That might be the coolest thing I have ever seen, since the story is all about the countdown.
Cal is a great main character, with a strong personality, and we get to see him grow and change as he deals with all these new problems. He’s trying to be strong for everyone in his family, and protect them. I like that he’s so independent until finally he has to ask someone for help. I especially liked Cal’s friendship with his best friend. It felt genuine and was a good anchor for the story.
This book ends on a horrifying cliffhanger, so be prepared for that next book right away! I can’t wait to read the rest of this series!
This series is fantastic! After reading book one, which left me on a horrible cliffhanger, I immediately picked up book two, and dived into the action, suspense, and mystery!
I wish there were more development on the puzzling enigmas that confront Cal, but that part of the story moves very slowly with very few clues to the mystery of the Ormond Singularity popping up in each book.
The action and danger and adventure, however, moves very quickly! So I guess each book in the series focuses mostly on Cal surviving through a ton of dangerous scenes and bad guys chasing him, and then we get one little clue, one bit of forward motion, with the big picture mystery. That, of course, is a very good way to keep the suspense going in a mystery/adventure series, but the suspense is killing me! I want to know the answers now! Which just shows how great this series is, because I care so much about the outcome.
In this second book, Cal is on his own more, on the run as a fugitive, and he’s learning to be more self-sufficient out on the streets. I’m so interested to see his character changing and developing, especially since he goes through times of hope and depression. I love his relationship with his best friend, Boges, and how the two of them joke around and rely on each other. That friendship is such a bright spot in this book!
The mysterious girl, Winter, plays a large role in this book, and it was so interesting getting to know her character, and figuring out what makes her tick. She’s another big puzzle for Cal to solve, and we as the reader have to make up our minds too, whether she is trustworthy or hiding something.
I am loving this series, and I can’t wait to dive into the next book!
Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review.
I love this action-packed adventure story! The characters are so full of life, the plot keeps me guessing, and I’m so intrigued by the mystery of the Ormond singularity!
Cal is a character who grows and changes, makes mistakes and learns his lesson, and ultimately is just a normal guy pressed into extraordinary circumstances. I love that in this book we see more and more of his good heart. His concern for his sister and mom, his trusting attitude, and his compassion for those less fortunate than him, all point to his kind nature. He’s ready to suffer personal torment and sacrifice for those around him. I’m so impressed with his character!
The banter between Cal and his best friend, Boges, is hilarious in this third book, and I especially was interested to see the interaction between Winter and Boges. The snark is high, and we get to see Cal being a normal teenager in a weird social situation.
There is a scene with snakes that I had to skim over, because I’m afraid of snakes. Let’s hope there are no more snakes in the rest of the series. Ugh.
Loving these books, and I can’t wait to read the rest of them!
Another great book in this series! There are so many twists and turns. The unexpected is always happening, and I never know where the plot is going to go! Cal continues to drive the story forward with his great character. His resolve to help his family, his despair in tough circumstances, and his basic humanity are all so believable and compelling.
I loved that in this book we meet some new characters who are never quite who you think they are. They sort of pop into the story, and we are left to wonder, Do we trust this person? And then the story develops around them, Cal learns to trust them or hate them or whatever happens, and we have this new delightful person involved in the story!
The action is non-stop, and the mystery surrounding the Ormond Riddle continues to perplex me with every new discovery. We finally see the Riddle in this book, and it’s such a delicious enigma. The suspense is killing me and I can’t wait to solve this mystery.
More wonderful interactions between Boges and Winter. They bicker bicker bicker all the time, but I think, if they would just trust each other, they could be good friends.
Loving this series, and I am devastated by the cliffhanger. I need that next book!
Disclaimer: I received these books from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review.