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January (Conspiracy 365) - Gabrielle Lord - Bogormen
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January (Conspiracy 365) - Gabrielle Lord
Title: January (Conspiracy 365)
Author: Gabrielle Lord
Genre: YA, suspense
Rating: 2.5/5
# pages: 187 pages
Date read: December, 2009

On New Year's Eve, Cal is chased down the street by a crazed man with a deadly warning: They killed your father. They'll kill you. You must survive the next 365 days! Forced into a life on the run, Cal finds himself hunted by ruthless criminals and the police. Somehow he must uncover the truth about his father's mysterious death and solve the Ormond Singularity, a secret from the past, before the year is up. But who can he turn to when the whole world seems to want him dead? The clock is ticking. Any second could be his last. Callum Ormond has been warned. He has 365 days. The countdown has begun ...

It's always fun to get hold of books that haven't even been published yet! January: Conspiracy 365 won't be published until January 2010. (I wonder if Gabrielle Lord intends to publish a book a month for a year? That would be quite impressive!)

I'm not entirely sure what I think of the book though. It's well aimed at the target audience (young readers - age 10-12 I'd say), and could probably be a big hit if it's marketed correctly. The reason I put it like that is that January cannot stand alone, and shouldn't be viewed as an independent book, but as the first part in a serial. Nothing at all is resolved, all threads are left hanging, and the last page is one big cliff-hanger. This would annoy me terribly usually, but if I knew to expect it before starting the book, it could work. It's all in the PR ;-)

One thing I found incredibly amusing was that the page numbers counted down rather than up! It started on page 187 and ended on page 1. Interesting idea!

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