My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Never turn your back on the Cahills . . . The most powerful family history has ever known returns with a vengeance in The 39 Clues: Doublecross!
The Cahills are the world's most powerful family, but their strength is being tested. A sinister man calling himself The Outcast has targeted the family and set them an impossible test. He's recreating four of history's worst disasters and challenging the young Cahills to find and stop the tragedies before it's too late. Now, with one disaster behind them, siblings Dan and Amy Cahill and their friends have just days to discover what the Outcast's next move will be.
Their frantic search seems to be pointing toward a terrifying air disaster, the explosion of the Hindenburg airship. But no one travels by airship anymore -- what do the Outcast's cryptic messages mean? The young Cahills must split up and take to the skies to try to find the answer . . . before their whole world comes crashing down.
Rating 3 Stars
Overall: Not the Best
Characters: Cliche and Stereotyped
Plot: It was OK
Page Turner: Eh, yeah
Series Cont.? Yes
This one was a let down after the first. There was a lot of Cliche and Stereotyped behaviors from all the main characters. They seemed to all be...off? I gave it three start because it does the job of getting the reader from book 1 to book 3, but it's in no way the best book in the series. I didn't hate it, but I don't plan to reread it either.
I didn't mind some of the things that happened, but it was the overall personality of the main characters that felt off to me. I also wasn't crazy about Hamilton's surprise, since this is for younger kids, and they shouldn't be focused on that yet, but that wasn't even as bad as the lack of emotion, or intelligent thought. Many times the characters either had a tantrum, or followed blindly, neither of which is expected from some of the smartest people on Earth. I know they are young, but they have been through a lot, and are way past being innocent children for the most part, they shouldn't start getting overly emotional and blindly trusting strangers after all they have learned.