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The Maze of Bones (The 39 Clues) Lies and Deceit

By Rick Riordan

Lies and Deceit

With some games, lies and deceit are built right into the rules. Balderdash. Big Brother. Texas Hold 'Em. The 39 Clues Book One: The Maze of Bones is like all these games combined and put into overdrive. Why? Because it's a game where information is king. There are only a limited number of hints spread throughout the world. Getting your mitts on them puts you in the lead, and you can't let anyone else know. Because of this, every single Cahill (even Amy and Dan) will lie, cheat, and steal to get as far ahead as they can. It's all part of the game.

Questions About Lies and Deceit

  1. Amy and Dan aren't 100% honest in this game. Whom do they lie to in order to get ahead?
  2. Is it possible to win a game like this international clue hunt without lying?
  3. How do the dynamics between teams in the clue hunt relate to those in popular reality-TV shows like The Amazing Race and Big Brother?

Chew on This

Amy and Dan lie just as much as their "evil" relatives in order to keep their lead in the game. They're no better in that regard.

Since the main commodity in the clue hunt is information, it's only natural that people would lie to one another to preserve their advantages in the game.