Hall applied the Page 69 Test to her new novel, The Conspiracy of Us, and reported the following:
From page 69:Visit Maggie Hall's website.Elisa led me to a three-way mirror, where a girl who hardly looked like me stared back in triplicate. In the silver gown, the girl looked more serious, more elegant, then they changed me into the gold dress again, and she was glamorous, striking.Hilariously, page 69-70 is the excerpt on the back of The Conspiracy of Us! So yes, I suppose it’s a pretty good introduction to the book. There’s danger. There’s action. There are beautiful ball gowns. And Avery is thinking about everything that’s happening to her, so you’d have a pretty good idea about her family and how she feels about her new situation if you read only this page—which is why we chose it for the back!
I found myself hoping fiercely that my mom would let me stay for the ball, and even a little longer. Meet the Saxons, find out more about my father's family and the rest of the Circle. To feel like I belonged in this strange, fascinating world.
"You have to choose eventually." Elisa smiled. In the mirror, the gold sequins shimmered. But there was something about the silver. It belonged on me.
Aimee unzipped the gold dress and left me to get out of it, following Elisa downstairs to wrap the silver one. I watched it go. I couldn't believe that, just like that, it was going to be mine.
I was about step out of the gold dress when I heard footsteps coming up the stairs. "Elisa?" I said. "Aimee?" There was no answer.
In case it was one of the men come to escort me down, I zipped the dress up.
The girls were nowhere in sight, but the man who had let us in stood at the top of the staircase.
"Sorry, I'm not ready yet," I said. I smiled at him, and he reached into his jacket pocket.
He pulled out something that, for a moment, didn't register. It was too discordant with the marble floors, the dresses, the Bach chiming from the speakers.
It was a knife.
And as for whether a reader would read on? If I were a reader, I would! I'd be dying to see what Avery would do in this situation. I hope other readers feel the same way!