**Warning! If you haven’t read The Conspiracy of Us which is the first book in the trilogy by Maggie Hall,will be spoilers ahead. You can read my review of the first book instead if you haven’t started the series yet!**
Map of Fates by Maggie Hall is the second book in The Conspiracy of Us trilogy and while I hadn’t been as invested in the first book as I had hoped, the cliffhanger ending left my interest piqued enough to continue reading. Plus, the cover of Map of Fates is one of the prettiest of the year in my opinion! I’m pleased to report that I enjoyed Map of Fates much more thanThe Conspiracy of Us and while it still wasn’t a 5 star read, I am genuinely looking forward to the conclusion because the story has really upped its game.
One of the elements I took the most issue with in the first book is the love triangle between the main character Avery and two of the guards from the twelve ruling families, Jack and Stellan. I’m not a huge fan of love triangles in general but if they’re done well I’m able to get behind them. In The Conspiracy of Us I didn’t quite understand or ever get the feeling that Avery and Stellan could potentially be interested in one another but Hall did a much better job of making it believable in Map of Fates. In fact, I ended up liking Stellan a whole lot more than I ever expected to. I suffered a bit through the beginning of the book, having read The Conspiracy of Us within the week it debuted last year because I couldn’t quite remember which character was which and it took me some time to acclimate to each’s demeanor once again. If you’re in the same boat I would suggest a book one re-read or to read your past review / Goodreads so you’re able to jump right in and avoid any confusion.
My favorite part of The Conspiracy of Us is the amount of travel the characters undergo because it allows the reader to experience new places without ever having to leave their couch. The travel aspect remained one of the driving forces of my interest in Map of Fates and I cannot wait to see where they’ll be exploring in book three. The revelation at the end and the new pieces of information the characters were able to ascertain from the clues have left me craving the conclusion. The stakes are high, the structure of the twelve ruling families is inevitably going to be evolving and Avery West is at odds with many leaders in the Circle. I couldn’t have asked for a more exciting installment!
Final Thoughts: Map of Fates by Maggie Hall is a much better installment in The Conspiracy of Us trilogy than book one. I had very minimal complaints this time around (although I’m still not very invested in Avery’s character) and I found myself flying through this quick paced YA thriller. If you enjoy media involving espionage and have a case of wanderlust, Map of Fates will leave you feeling satisfied. If you had mediocre feelings about book one, I can promise that Map of Fates will draw you in further.
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. (via Goodreads)