Day of Doom by David Baldacci

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Day of Doom by David BaldacciDay of Doom by David Baldacci
Series: The 39 Clues: Cahills vs. Vespers #6
Also in this series: The Medusa Plot, A King's Ransom, The Dead of Night, Shatterproof, Trust No One
Published by Scholastic Press on March 5th 2013
Genres: Adventure, Middle Grade, Mystery, Young Adult
Pages: 270
Format: Hardcover
Source: Gift
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four-stars

It started with a kidnapping. A shadowy organization known only as the Vespers snatched seven members of the Cahill family and demanded a series of bizarre ransoms from around the world. Thirteen-year-old Dan Cahill and his older sister Amy began a global treasure hunt, determined to bring back whatever Vesper One needed, so long as it kept the hostages safe.

But when they deliver the last ransom, Amy and Dan discover Vesper One’s terrifying endgame. The objects he demanded are vital pieces in a Vesper plot that will harm millions of innocent people. Now the two siblings and their friends are in an all-out sprint to stop Vesper One . . . before the whole world goes BOOM.

In this final volume to The 39 Clues: Cahills vs.Vespers series. Baldacci will have you on the edge of your set to see what will happen.

Main Points
Writing Style:
The writing style is pretty consistent, even if it’s written by a different author than other books.
Plot:
What an epic ending. This book follows along the lines of the other books, with all the mystery, research, and clue-finding. It’s just a bit longer. And more morbid. Yes, important people die in this book, and I’m not really sure I approve. I never really felt close to them, but still, I don’t like unnecessary death, or death that absolutely destroys other characters (emotionally).
The romance between Amy and Jake got really sappy in this book. I mean, sure, it’s the last book and we’ve got to have some closure, but I don’t think jumping right into ‘I love you’ is the way to go. They maybe should have just decided to start dating first. Or there should have been more buildup in the previous books. And for the sappiness- they seemed to be looking at each other in love-struck ways (all goofy-eyed, or longingly, for example) way too often. Like, every time they had to interact. It was amazing how they managed to keep their head in the game. It wasn’t too terribly realistic.
And I was NOT HAPPY with how the Evan situation worked out. When there is a love triangle, usually something happens to make the girl choose one guy over the other. Hopefully, it’s something that one guy does that is really bad or annoying and makes the girl want the other guy instead. But I wasn’t happy with how this worked out with Evan. He was not a bad guy. There was absolutely nothing to hate or even question about him. He was loyal to Amy all along and she switched affections pretty quickly for no reason, I thought. I can understand liking two guys at once. But she didn’t have that much reason to choose Jake over Evan. It seems to me that the author just needed a convenient way to get Evan out of the picture, and what happened was not at all necessary.
And the final identity of Vesper One was NOT someone I could have predicted, or even someone I knew existed. And for all his cunning, he certainly went down pretty quickly. But I really liked Natalie Kabra’s role.
All in all, I think it ended pretty well. It was a mostly happy ending. Vesper One was stopped, as expected. A few people sacrificed their lives for the rest of the world. Amy and Jake get together. I guess Dan finally confronts his demons. The end.
Good vs. Bad
Good:
  • plot
  • characters
  • writing
  • themes
  • history
  • mystery
  • relationships
Less than perfect:
  • heavy subject matter? I’m not really sure. I mean I like it, but would I want 10 or 12-year-olds reading this? Maybe not.
Bottom Line
What a satisfying ending to the series. It reads like the rest of the books, but everything is intensified. The relationships, the danger, the death. Some aspects were disappointing, but overall, it’s a good conclusion. Would I recommend this to others? Maybe, but people more my age than middle grade.

About David Baldacci

David Baldacci made a big splash on the literary scene with the publication of his first novel, Absolute Power, in 1996. A major motion picture adaptation followed, with Clint Eastwood as its director and star. In total, David has published 28 novels, all of which have been national and international bestsellers; several have been adapted for film and television. His novels have been translated into more than 45 languages and sold in more than 80 countries; over 110 million copies are in print worldwide. David has also published four novels for children. He has received numerous accolades for his writing; most recently, he was inducted into the International Crime Writing Hall of Fame and received the Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award.

A lifelong Virginian, David received his Bachelor’s degree in political science from Virginia Commonwealth University and his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law, after which he practiced law in Washington, D.C.

While David is involved with several philanthropic organizations, his greatest efforts are dedicated to his family’s Wish You Well Foundation®. Established by David and his wife, Michelle, the Wish You Well Foundation supports family and adult literacy in the United States by fostering and promoting the development and expansion of literacy and educational programs. In 2008 the Foundation partnered with Feeding America to launch Feeding Body & Mind, a program to address the connection between literacy, poverty and hunger. Through Feeding Body & Mind, more than 1 million new and used books have been collected and distributed through food banks to families in need.

David and his family live in Virginia.

Rating
Plot
four-stars
Characters
four-stars
Writing
four-half-stars
Setting
five-stars
Romance
three-stars
Cover
three-half-stars
Overall: four-stars
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