THE 39 CLUES BOOK ONE: THE MAZE OF BONES by Rick Riordan
This book, like the last, is an adventure meant for young readers. I’d say it’s meant for readers in the Middle Grades, whereas the last read was more YA. Either way, if you like a quick pace story that you can read out loud to the kiddos, this is a good choice!
In a bizarre way, this reminds me of Lemony Snickets. It’s an adventure told through the eyes of the children, who are left to their defenses, intelligence, and resources to outwit and outmaneuver their family of crazy characters who all want them dead.
As someone who suffers from an anxiety disorder, I did not like this book. It is meant for children after all, so I don’t expect highly detailed literary quality, but some details would be nice.
Rick Riordan is good at setting the place, but not so good at setting the people. There are just so many characters introduced up front that when you meet them later throughout the story, it’s hard to remember who is who, mostly because they’re all conniving.
It’s good. It’s fast. And you’re rooting for the underdogs.
But I really wanted those kids to catch a break! Every time they get a step ahead, someone steals the answer from them and they’re left to start over. And they’re just kids… so like I said, my anxiety was through the roof.
I don’t think I’ll be jumping into the next one so quickly. My heart needs a break.
Don’t let my opinion set you back – it’s a cute story, and I imagine the game of collecting clues and cards would be fun as well.
Have you read it? Tell me what you think.