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Nowhere to Run (The 39 Clues: Unstoppable #1)

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  6,063 Ratings  ·  167 Reviews
The Cahill family has a secret. For five hundred years, they have guarded the 39 Clues – thirty-nine ingredients in a serum that transforms whomever takes it into the most powerful person on earth. If the serum got into the wrong hands, the disaster would rock the world. So certain Cahills have always made it their mission to keep the serum safe, buried, locked away. Until ...more
Hardcover, 266 pages
Published October 1st 2013 by Scholastic Inc. (first published August 1st 2013)
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Dec 26, 2013 rated it it was ok
I've read all the 39 clues series, and I have to say this: it needs to end. The authors keep dragging it out,plucking up old characters and shoving in new villains. Amy is the leader of the Cahills (no shock there) and yet, she's so scared of Pierce? And Pierce... he's just... weird. Stealing the serum, trying to take over the world... eliminating the Cahills... does this sound new to anyone? And Amy and Dan are so scared of him, so shocked that someone finally got to their little family secret. ...more
Mar 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
”What kind of family draws in an innocent kid and makes him the target of murderers?”

Amy and Dan finally thought that it would be over, that the threat to their family was gone via the destruction of the Vespers. But a new threat has arisen: J. Rutherford Pierce. This presidential candidate has framed the Cahill kids through his media corporation and has taken the serum that the Cahills have sworn to protect to take control of the country! Now it’s a race against time to stop Pierce from winni
Apr 17, 2013 marked it as to-read


Le sigh~ October really can not get here fast enough......
Jan 05, 2014 rated it it was ok
I feel like the series should have ended a long time ago. As in, at the last book of the first series. It's dragging on for far too long, and they're probably going to come up with a fourth series. The second series started off okay, but it got worse towards the end, and Day of Doom was just a failure. I guess some people thought that since one of the original authors was writing this book, it would be better and not so OOC (out of character), bu

**This review might contain spoilers from the other two series**


It just felt SO good to be back in the 39 clues world!

There has been so much character development in all the characters since the 1st and original series. Amy was initially so shy and scared of everything and now she's become badass and takes initiative, and she's the leader of the Cahill family! A lot of people think that it's stupid that Amy is still scared of Pierce after experiencing so many
Harrison Schwartz
Sep 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
I have been reading books from the 39 Clues franchise for a long time. A LONG time. Since 1st grade actually. Then there was the Cahills vs. Vespers extension. Now a new series in the franchise is going to begin; the Unstoppable series. Thanks to NetGalley and Scholastic, I was able to obtain this book, Nowhere to Run, before its release date, October 1st.

The franchise has lasted for years. Just when you think that Amy and Dan, the main characters in the series are going to have a normal life an
Well, what can I say. More unbelievable adventures for the Cahill kids. This time they're up against somebody unstoppable--someone who has taken the serum from the original 39 clues. Things are really getting even more unbelievable in this 3rd series--like how someone was able to figure out the ingredients from a miniscule amount left in the trap of a sink where Dan mixed it in the last series. I just wish these writers would leave poor Dan and Amy alone, let them go off into the sunset and live ...more
Mar 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just posted this review on my blog - check out this and many more young adult book reviews and recommendations there.


Rating : 3.7 out of 5 stars

Recommended Age : 8 and up

The Unstoppable series seems like an impossible mission at first but as Jude Watson reveals tidbits of information, mission impossible becomes mission crazy ( even for a lunatic).

I liked the book at first but as it went on, there were some unnecessary details. I mean, if you have read the previous
Oct 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Now we're getting back on track. After the abysmal finale that was Day of Doom, Jude Watson has begun this cycle of "The 39 Clues" with a bang and left us catching our breath. Of course there's a new danger out to take over the world, and of course Amy and Dan Cahill are our front line of defense. But these kids have changed over the past few years. They're both tougher and more fragile, knowing just how much they have to lose. And this new villain is unlike anyone they've faced before: a politi ...more
Isaiah the Ox
Jul 10, 2013 rated it liked it
An enjoyable read. An improvement from the last 39 Clues book, but it wasn't the best book ever. Jude Watson had way to much romance/jealousy in the book: with Ian the good guy, and Jake the bad guy. The first scene with Jake is him all upset over Ian talking to Amy. I really didn't feel the suspense of each time Amy and Dan were followed or almost died- maybe because the series has been going on for too long. I think it was the 7th book of the first 39 Clues series that they claimed they ran ou ...more
Mar 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Jan 16, 2014 rated it it was ok
Read this in the hope that the Holts would have lead roles. Also, curious. Starts to get good at chapter 19. Not bad overall.
Mar 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
May 31, 2013:

Well, after reading the first 40 or so pages on the 39 Clues Website (aka reading the preview after my little brother finished the mission...) I can safely say that there are a lot of new developments. That said, do NOT read until you've read the preview, or else, be prepared for spoilers. Nothing major though :)

Okay, so let's's a synopsis:
1. Opens with some unknown family whose children are amazing and pushed to do a bunch of activities
2. Amy and Dan attend the funerals
DelAnne Frazee
Dec 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Title: The 39 Clues: Unstoppable Book One: Nowhere to Run
Author: Jude Watson
Published: 10-1-2013
Publisher: Schoastic Inc.
Pages: 273
Genre: Children's Fiction
Sub Genre:
ISBN: 13-9780545521376
Reviewer: DelAnne
Reviewed For: NetGalley
Rating: 4.5 Stars


I received a copy of The 39 Clues: Unstoppable Book One: Nowhere to Run from NetGalley and the publishers in exchange for my honest review.

From the publishers
The Cahill family has a secret. For five hundred years, they have g
Christine H
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mg-lit
We’ve got some new Cahills in the house! And even you lot that were reluctant to get into the madhouse that is the 39 Clues, aren’t you glad you took the plunge? Now, I won’t spoil the secrets for you here since I know there are still some of you ploughing your way through the first series, but let me just say how thrilled I am que vous avez adopté cette merveilleuse série! This is one of my all-time faves because j’adore l’histoire, la géographie, l’aventure, et les mystères … and, of course, y ...more
Manuel Perez
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I found this book because i like mystery.This book was full of that.The setting changes many times but it does great clearly stating were you are.The biggest idea is that as serum made of 39 things .it is the most powerful thing in the world and has been kept safe by cahills. until it is stolen by someone they thought was dead.

I liked it because it was full of twists and you wouldn't expect.What i didn't like is that they had way to many pages.People who like mystery or plot turns would like thi
Brett Charlton
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Checked this out as an audiobook for a 8 hour round road trip with just myself and my 9 yr daughter. Was perfect for the drive. Mystery, suspense, great story line. This was my first audiobook and I have to say that David Pittu did an awesome job reading to us as we traveled. Definitely enjoyable book and I look forward to the sequel
May 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: new-read
This is the second spin-off series after Cahills vs. Vespers from the 39 Clues. Adventure...the two main siblings are a little older, 16 and 13, I think. Always in trouble and trying to save the world from the bad guys! I was glad characters from the other books were back! I've been listening to these on audiobook, otherwise they'd probably too monotonous for adults to read.
Jan 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: audible, library, kids
Haven't read/heard the original 39 Clues story, so the characters are all new to us (this is morning commute entertainment I share with kids on the way to school). It's an exciting read, and we've already put in a request for the next audiobook.
Deb Delk
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another exciting spin off series from the 39 Clues books!
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I is confuzzled...

Atlantis ... Sneaky Kara...
Oct 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
I liked this sequel much more than the one before it.
Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Audiobook serie with kids that I enjoy
Jun 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another 39 Clues series?

Yes...but it's off to a really good start! I can't wait to see where the story goes from here!
Sam Conner
Mar 06, 2017 rated it did not like it
As Dan and Amy struggle to live life a Cahill, the constantly uncover obstacles. The 39 Clues Nowhere to Run was a blend of suspenseful events, nail-biting cliffhangers, and dramatic scenes. This book is about Amy and Dan Cahill and how they struggle to keeps the secret of the serum. The serum is a mixture of chemicals that make a human being invincible. When they finally find one of their enemies, they wonder if he has the serum. This book was very well expressed and was a great read for middl ...more
It was a good book. Jude Watson is definitely one of the, if not the best, authors in the series. She really understands these characters and conveys them as complex people that I can't help but care about. She gets the balance of adventure and danger with those moments of genuine emotion just right, and even gets a few laughs in there. Like in this book, Dan's regret and Ian's loneliness were really touching. And Atticus thinking better when he brushes his teeth was silly but worked for the lit ...more
Erik This Kid Reviews Books
Sep 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Dan and Amy Cahill, the two kids in charge of the world’s most powerful family and keepers of The 39 Clues serum are back in an all new adventure! The 39 Clues are a list of ingredients that when you mix them together, they make a serum that makes the person who takes it 90% invincible (it happens to be very toxic, so you die soon after taking it)! The 39 Clues is too powerful to ever to be used, but there are those who will stop at nothing to get it. After defeating the Vespers (an evil family ...more
Jan 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jfic, adventure
I enjoyed the original 39 Clues series, so couldn't wait for the follow-ups. Thanks for continuing the danger-filled saga of The Cahills! Sometimes I find the situations they are in unbelievable at times... a "shouldn't get out of that dilemma" scenario, but that keeps us interested! We continue with Dan and Amy Cahill growing up, along with their cousins from the other families; new boy-girl attractions, traveling around the world fighting new villains, that they face together, now that all the ...more
Jan 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
"Nowhere to Run" by Jude Watson is a good read that is part of the 3rd 39 Clues series. This book is about how a man named J. Rutherford Pierce has gotten hold of the powerful Cahill serum, and the only people who can stop him are Amy and Dan Cahill. The book starts out with an attack on Amy and Dan, when they are brutally thrown into an open grave and are attempted to be buried alive. The kids later find out that their attackers were Pierce's bodyguards, and since they have nowhere else to hide ...more
Hannah (Ivyclad Ideas)
Nov 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
The last Cahills vs Vespers book let a very good sequel series down. As a result, I wasn't really that desperate to read the first Unstoppable book. It lingered on my TBR pile for over half a year before I finally picked it up...

I wish I'd read it sooner. The plot is crazy, but somehow plausible when you consider the serum. Jude Watson throws Amy and Dan into several high-risk situations and made me realise that- hang on -I care about these characters. Even though I didn't believe that she'd rea
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“Atticus adjusted his glasses as he peered down at the blanket. “Hey, is that the book Nellie told us about?”
Jake’s eyes flicked to Olivia’s book. “You’ve got it outside in the sun? Are you out of your minds?”
Amy crossed her arms. “We’re being careful.”
“It’s not about careful, this is a five-hundred-year-old manuscript! You should be wearing gloves—Atticus brought some—and keeping it out of the sunlight.”
“It didn’t take you long to start barking orders!” Any exclaimed, her face flushing. “But then you always know best, don’t you?”
“Somebody has to be mature in this situation,” Jake said, his gaze flashing at Ian, who was now intently trying to brush cookie crumbs off his pants.
“True. In that case, we’d rather consult your little brother,” Ian said with a smirk. “Medieval manuscripts are his field, am I right?”
“Technically, it’s early Renaissance,” Jake said.
“Thanks for the correction, my good man. Amy is right—you do know best.” Ian slipped his arm around Amy. “She’s so perceptive. One of the many things I adore about her.”
“It’s getting chilly. Why don’t we go inside?” Amy suggested brightly as she tried to step out of the circle of Ian’s arm.
Ian took the opportunity to rub her shoulder. “You do feel rather cold,” he said. “Let’s sit by the fire. Jake, since you’re so interested in proper handling, why don’t you take the book?”
Jake snatched up the book and furiously stomped off toward the house.
“You forgot to wear gloves!” Ian called after him.
Amy pushed him away. “Really, Ian.”
“What a touchy guy,” Ian said. “Frankly, I don’t know what you see in him.”
He winced as the kitchen door slammed, then glanced at Amy’s red face. “Hmmm. It might be a good time for me to take a walk.”
“There’s someone in town asking for directions to Bhaile Anois,” she said. “He checked in late last night at the inn.”
Any and Dan exchanged uneasy glances.
“What does he look like?” Amy asked.
Fiona narrowed her eyes. “Sneaky, for certain,” she said. “And he’s quite a waster. Good for nothin’ but complaining. Nora over at the inn said he’s never satisfied with the temperature if his tea, and he asked for a cashmere throw in his room.”
Any and Dan exchanged another glance.
“IAN,” they said together, and sighed.
“You know the eejit?” Fiona asked.
“The eejit is our cousin,” Amy said.
Distant cousin,” Dan added. “Very, very distant.”
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