The 39 Clues have already come a long way. From its initial series, it is succeeded by a sequel where the Cahill family will now fight against their enemy, the Vespers. Who will lose and who will win? The fifth installment of the six-part series is now here to provide us with more thrill, suspense, and surprising revelations.
Here’s the plot description from the back cover of the book:
When seven members of their family were kidnapped, thirteen-year-old Dan Cahill and his older sister, Amy, got ready for the fight of their lives. But their enemy, a terrifying group known as the Vespers, remained frustratingly elusive. They stay in the shadows, picking off Cahills one by one.
And now the Vespers have landed their most serious blow yet – a blow that strikes at the very heart of the Cahill family. Because Amy and Dan discover that there’s a Vesper mole in their innermost circle. Amy and Dan need to smoke out the traitor before the next hostage dies. They have just days to discover who has their back . . . and who wants to sink a knife into it.
Isn’t the book cover quite eye-catching? It perfectly depicts the meaning of the title, Trust No One. The effect of having to discover the betrayal of someone close to you is like being stung by a scorpion. As the story progresses, it becomes evident that Amy experiences exactly that. It gets so poisonous and destructive that it slowly eats her up. What the Vesper mole did to them is a perfect example of the saying, “Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer.” And thus, this revelation deeply affects Amy more than I expected. I thought that Amy would remain strong and composed, but with all that’s happening – the betrayal of a friend, the pressure from the Vespers, the loss of one Cahill member, and one more shocking new which I wouldn’t mention – Amy couldn’t take it anymore. I mean, who would, right? If I were in her shoes, I would’ve given up right from the beginning.
On the positive side, despite the weight of the burden Amy and Dan carry, and the fact that Amy is on the verge of losing hope, it is Dan who remains strong and brave. I hardly see him lead the group, but I’m quite impressed by his leadership. I just hope that he won’t regret anything he decides in the end.
Moving on, as far as Amy and Dan is concerned, I’m also happy to see Jake and Atticus participating in the adventure they never thought they would be involved in. They are given more significant roles in this book and readers will have a chance to get to know them better. Moreover, more information will be disclosed as to why their lives are very much connected to the Cahills in relation to their mother, Astrid. Plus, readers will also begin to see an emerging love triangle between Jake, Evan, and Amy. Who do you guys think will Amy choose in the end? I’m rooting for Jake!
All in all, the plotline keeps getting more and more interesting as it goes further. It’s really a wonder why the Vespers let kids go on missions to bring them certain objects of their interest and this book explores on the reason behind all of these. The book certainly succeeds in keeping me engrossed in the story. I really can’t wait for the final installment. What will be the fate of our main characters?