Map of Fates by Maggie Hall
Published by Putnam Juvenile on March 8, 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Contemporary, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Pages: 311 Format: Hardcover Source: Library
That’s how long it took for Avery West’s ordinary life to change forever: In two weeks, she discovered she was heiress to a powerful secret society known as the Circle, learned her mother was taken hostage by the Circle’s enemies, and fell for a boy she’s not allowed to love, just as she found out another was her unwelcome destiny.
Now, Avery crosses oceans in private jets to hunt for clues that will uncover the truth about the Circle, setting her mom and herself free before it’s too late. By her side are both the boys: Jack—steady, loyal, and determined to help her even at the expense of his own duty—and Stellan, whose connection to Avery grows stronger by the day despite her best intentions, making her question what she believes at every turn.
But at the end of a desperate hunt from the islands of Greece to the red carpet at Cannes comes a discovery that not only changes everything, but could bring the whole world to its knees. And now Avery is forced to face the truth: in the world of the Circle, no one is what they seem.
Maggie Hall’s second book in the Conspiracy of Us saga, Map of Fates, was just as enjoyable a romp as the first with more action, adventure, and glamour to take in. Without any time to come to terms with the revelation of her birthright, the countdown is on for Avery to save the person she cares for the most. Can she follow the clues or will her plans come crashing to a halt?
Can I just say, thank goodness Avery showed up in this one. I had a lot of problems with her character in Conspiracy of Us, but she definitely came into her own here. She’s assertive, making her own decisions despite the difficult circumstances. I also loved the group dynamic even more this time around. Jack and Stellan are both still looking out for Avery and Elodie, Luc, and Colette all have significant roles to play.
This journey brings the reader to even more stunning locales. From India to Italy, Greece to the southern shores of France, it’s definitely a jet setting adventure hopping from one place to next. Not only does the search bring them to different locales but also to the different circle families and their members. It was fun to see how far their reach actually extended.
My main issue with Map of Fates was essentially the time wasted by the characters. Let’s just lounge around on a boat for a while or take time to get all dressed up for an occasion. No need to actually figure out where the clues are or anything. Also the pacing of the story, it just didn’t flow well for me. Plus I wanted more history involved, but that could just be my obsession with the past.
Overall I enjoyed Map of Fates by Maggie Hall quite a lot. While I do have issues with these books, I still find myself getting sucked in and loving every minute spent with these characters. This book takes the reader from frills to thrills so quickly and it definitely kept me guessing. Now I’ll just be waiting, ever impatient, for the conclusion.
So have you read this second installment yet? Did you like it better than Conspiracy of Us? Are you ready for the endgame? Let me know all your thoughts in the comments below!