Thursday, December 08, 2011

39 Clues, last seven books

Series Plot Summary: Following the death of their grandmother, Amy and Dan discover that they’re members of the most powerful family in the world: the Cahills. The family is huge, with ancestors such as Benjamin Franklin and Mozart. And, there’s a family secret, which the grandmother sets in motion in her will. Each living member of the family may either take one million dollars as inheritance, or they can search for the 39 clues that lead to something more powerful than anyone can imagine. Amy and Dan choose the clues, and are thrown into an adventure that takes them all over the world.

A couple years ago, I started reading The 39 Clues series. It was enjoyable, both with strengths and weaknesses. I stuck with the series as each book came out, and I haven't been disappointed. The books are fun, and the initial awkwardness of the first three books is gone. The authors eventually figured out how to settle into unified roles of Amy and Dan Cahill, and even Nellie (their au pair). They authors even figured out how to make the characters grow in interesting ways, keeping them feeling consistent. I have to say that I'm impressed. Based on the first three books, I thought the series was going to be disjointed all the way through. Not so at all.

The adventures are fun and entertaining, and I often read each book in a day. And then was looking forward to when the next one would come out. I was a little worried about the fact that there were 39 clues but only ten books, however I really like the way the series ended. The concepts and themes introduced are ones I find interesting anyway, and I like the way the series explores them.

My eight year old son discovered these books earlier this year. He and a few of his classmates love them, and he's read them all. He's even moved onto the next series, Cahills vs. Vespers. I read the 39 Clues book 11, which is basically setup for Cahills vs. Vespers, and am intrigued. I think I will be reading this next series with my son. :)


Kelly Hashway said...

I'm up to book 8 in this series. They are definitely fun reads. I was worried about the disjointedness with the different authors, too, but they did get it right after a while. I'm looking forward to finishing out the series.

Tabitha said...

They sure did. The first three books were a bit rough character-wise, but the last seven are much smoother. I'm impressed at how well they came together with the characters.

I'm looking forward to the next series, too. My older son is itching to read Cahills vs. Vespers #2, which *just* came out. But he's getting it for christmas, so he'll have to wait. :)

Yanting Gueh said...

I haven't heard of this series but I think it's so cool you're reading the books your son reads. What a great way to connect! I'll check the books out and recommend them to my nephews soon.