The Maze of Bones written by Rick Riordan is the first in an adventurous drama multi-author series called The 39 Clues. The story starts when Grace Cahill switches to her alternate will right before she dies. Soon after, protagonists Amy and Dan and their Aunt are introduced to us as orphans, as their parents died in a mysterious accident. They all go to the funeral along with the rest of their family who is invited to Grace’s house and is given a choice: take a million dollars each in a cheque and leave, or have the first clue to find the most important treasure in the world and gain power beyond belief.
Amy and Dan become involved in this wild goose chase and are consequently disowned by their aunt. They also find out a secret that has been kept from them: the Cahill family has four branches (Ekaterina, Lucians, Janus, and Tomas) which have all influenced world history with popular world figures such as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ben Franklin, countless movie stars, and the list goes on and on. In a thrilling race to find this ‘treasure’, they are bombed and aimed at by their fellow clan all the while barely surviving. Amy and Dan are racing to find these clues, while the betrayals will keep you reading until the end.
I found The Maze of Bones to be an amazing book for all ages, while still being targeted to teens and mainly youth. In the book, the fact that there is one family that rules over the earth will interest conspiracy theorists and will intrigue many other people as well. Deep down, it plays on the fear of everyone being in a ploy against you to conquer the world and that everything has fixed odds. It gives out no moral, although it teaches young minds about historically important figures and about using quick thinking to their advantage. All in all, this book was amazing and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who likes a quick read and who likes to use their imagination while reading a dystopian book about a secret family that rules the world.