You Have to Stop This (#5)

By Pseudonymous Bosch

A stunning conclusion to The Secret Series.

When our young adventurers are shipped to what looks like Egypt, they are faced with the overwhelming challenge of stopping the most powerful magician of all time, Lord Pharaoh, from unveiling the Secret before they do.

After cracking the code and opening up the trunk left for her by the jester, Cass has seen the Secret spelled out in hieroglyphs. However, the papyrus it is written on is so old that the moment she looks upon the writing, it disintegrates, leaving her with a vague afterimage.

Attempting to record what she can from memory in her notebook, Cass now has to follow the clues she has to reveal the compete Secret. A trip to the museum leads her in the right direction when Cass, Max-Ernest, and Yo-Yoji visit the Egyptian section. First they break off a mummy’s finger, get accused of stealing a full mummy, then get crammed into a crate and shipped to Las Vegas.

Navigating the neon-lighted city proves an interesting challenge for our secret society members. But the real saving grace comes when Cass pawns a gold coin from the jester’s chest and gets enough cash for the three to survive and have a little fun in the city.

While trying to figure out a way of stopping Lord Pharaoh from uncovering the Secret, the three use their quick thinking to stop the show. With nothing but the Ring of Thoth and the monocle from the last book (This Isn’t What It Looks Like), Cass joins her worst enemy Lord Pharaoh on stage to join all the pieces together to discover the Secret she knows that is meant for her alone to know. As the Secret Keeper, Cass has journeyed across time and space to fulfill her destiny.

I wouldn’t reveal the end of the journey here, but I do want to talk about the touching speech Max-Ernest gives to conclude this tale and bring it all together. He gets into how difficult it used to be to talk to other people, like they all knew something he didn’t. He was missing out on something, like everyone else had this sixth sense he didn’t.

What he comes to is that what it takes to socialize and understand other people is a sense of humor. It helps you navigate from day to day. The one character that’s so dedicated to telling jokes and trying too hard to be funny finally realizes what humor is and how to use it to relate to others. So with all the sense references we get throughout the series, the main theme is just to have a sense of humor. That’s the final punchline of this series.

I couldn’t agree more with the way Pseudonymous Bosch approaches writing, and life in general. You can’t take anything too seriously. Life is for laughing at, and these books have helped me realize just that.

Read all my reviews for The Secret Series in one post.

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