Rainer Maria Rilke

"Live a while in these books, learn from them what seems to you worth learning, but above all love them. This love will be repaid you a thousand and a thousand times, and however your life may turn,-it will, I am certain of it, run through the fabric of your growth as one of the most important threads among all the threads of your experiences, disappointments, and joys."--Rainer Maia Rilke

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Sunday, January 22, 2012

The End of the Series...or Is It?

39 Clues:  Into the Gauntlet by Margaret Peterson Haddix
(Adolescent Thriller)

The most interesting thing about this entire series is that it was written by different authors, some of the very best adolescent authors writing today.  I was delighted to find Haddix at the helm of this latest, and last, installment.  She is one of my favorite adolescent authors and I knew she would not disappoint. 

Watching the book and trying to determine how this author's style is different from the one before it is kind of like a puzzle. This book had much more reflection in it than Rick Riordan's go at the series, which was mostly adrenaline on the run.

In case you don't know what the series is about, it concerns two siblings, Amy and Dan.  Orphaned at a young age, they are left a mysterious challenge by their grandmother in her will:  Find the 39 clues and become the holder of the greatest knowledge the world has ever known along with fabulous wealth.  Each book in the series has them one step closer to the ultimate mystery, while simultaneously competing against warring family members.

In this last installment, Amy and Dan and all the youths in the book are coming to terms with their past decisions and their family's shortcomings while trying to decide for themselves the adult they want to become.  They start questioning the decision of their parents and not just following their orders.  This last one is so unique because it is the first time the reader gets to see the inside thoughts of Ian Kabra and Jonah Wizard, two main antagonists from the beginning.

This last book in the series wrapped up nicely and paved the way for a brand new series with these characters, which I have just ordered. 

One suggestion:  read the series straight through with no books between them.  It was very easy to forget important clues and the book right before it. 

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