I Do Not Trust You
Authors: Laura J. Burns & Melinda Metz
Published: September 11, 2018 by Wednesday Books
Genre: Young Adult / Fantasy
Curious to know what this book is about and what I think of it?
I received an e-ARC from NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press.
I Do Not Trust You
Memphis “M” Engle is stubborn to a fault, graced with an almost absurd knowledge of long lost languages and cultures, and a heck of an opponent in a fight. In short: she’s awesome.
Ashwin Sood is a little too posh for her tastes, a member of an ancient cult (which she’s pretty sure counts for more than one strike against him), and has just informed Memphis that her father who she thought was dead isn’t and needs her help.
From the catacombs of Paris to lost temples in the sacred forests, together they crisscross the globe, searching for the pieces of the one thing that might save her father. But the closer they come to saving him—and the more they fall for one another—the closer they get to destroying the world.
Laura J. Burns and Melinda Metz
Laura J. Burns and Melinda Metz have written many books for teens and middle-grade readers, including Sanctuary Bay, Crave, and Sacrifice, as well as the Edgar-nominated mystery series Wright and Wong. They have also written for the TV shows Roswell, 1-800-Missing, and The Dead Zone. Laura lives in New York and Melinda lives in North Carolina, but really they mostly live on email, where they do most of their work together.
You can find Laura and Melinda on Twitter.
Egyptian mythology and a scavenger hunt
The story of I Do Not Trust You is built around the old Egyptian myth of Horus and Set. In Egyptian mythology, Set is portrayed as a usurper and Horus is the god of kingship. In I Do Not Trust You, a sacred statue of Set is shattered among different countries. If someone would bring the pieces together, the myth says Set will be brought back to life.
The cult of Set is trying to bring the pieces of the statue back together. The cult of Horus, the Eye, is doing the best they can to prevent the followers of Set in succeeding.
The book starts out with Memphis, or M. M is a girl who has been taught multiple (ancient) languages and martial arts by her parents. She can read hieroglyphs and she has explored ancient ruins with her mom and dad. But after both her parents have died, she now lives with her guardians who are trying to make her live a normal teenage life. But M isn’t an average girl with an average childhood. She is intelligent, confident and brave.
One night she is approached by a stranger, named Ashwin Sood. Ash is a rich, good-looking guy and follower Horus who tells M her father isn’t dead, but that he is being held hostage by the followers of Set. They have a copy of an ancient map with on it hieroglyphs that can lead them to the places where the statue pieces are hidden. Ash tries to convince M that she can find and safe her father if she gives him the original map. M isn’t willing to give up the one thing that can lead her to her father and she convinces Ash to go on a scavenger hunt for the lost artefacts.
M and Ash are in this together and they have to learn how to trust each other. They travel to different destinations – France, Norway and Egypt to name a few – and they slowly unravel and discover more about the Set and Horus mythology and about each other. Sadly, the destinations aren’t described and they all feel somewhat the same.
This is a fast-paced adventure novel, but it didn’t keep me on the edge of my seat. I expected more thrilling and mysterious scenes and the twists weren’t really unexpected. But I did enjoy reading about Egyptian mythology in a YA novel. It was a fun read!
3.5 out of 5 stars.
Do you like reading about mythology?