Book Review: The Secret Prophecy

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Title: The Secret Prophecy

Author: Herbie Brennan

Summary: [from GoodReads]

 Imagine your father has been found dead. Strange men armed with guns show up at his funeral. And those same men have begun to follow you. Now you’re on the run.

When Edward Michael “Em” Goverton uncovers the key to a five-hundred-year-old deadly prediction by the prophet Nostradamus, personal tragedy morphs into international crisis. Soon Em finds himself enmeshed in a sinister web of shocking events where nothing is quite as it seems. Aided by Victor, a mysterious stranger, and Charlotte, a family friend, Em follows a trail of cryptic clues that leads the trio into a conspiracy of world-shattering proportions.

But the ominous forces behind the plot are not about to sit back and let their plans be ruined. Soon their net begins to close in on Em, and it’s a race against the clock for the trio to finish what Em’s father started–and prevent a catastrophe that threatens the lives of an entire generation.

My Review

Herbie Brennan has been a favorite author of mine for a very long time. It started with his Faerie Wars series (which you should all read, by the way) and escalated from there. So when I found out he had a new book out, I just HAD to read it! The Secret Prophecy has a very different feel to it than the Faerie Wars. For one thing, it’s not a paranormal novel at all – it’s a spy thriller! Not what you might expect from a middle grade novel, but it actually really worked!

A lot of what I liked in this one was the confusion. Many MG writers like to simplify their stories. Whether it’s because they think their audience can’t handle it or something, I don’t know, they prefer cut and dry, “us” vs. “them” conflict, and sometimes they overdo it. In this case it was almost never that easy. I barely knew whose side to be on by the end, much less who was trustworthy. And really nobody’s side was ideal – they both did things that had me yelling at Em to “get out!” and find better mentors.

I also really liked that the issues being addressed were big, real life, relevant issues. The two sides were essentially fighting over what to do about global warming and over-population. Whether you agree with the issues or not, you’d have to agree they’re BIG debate topics. Working them into a fiction novel that kids will enjoy reading is a great way of introducing them to the debate and getting them to start thinking about their own opinions on it all so that when it comes to be their turn to deal with these issues, they’ll be prepared.

That said, this is a great book for all ages. The mystery was complex enough to keep me stumped and it was highly entertaining all the way through.

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