I can compare this book to the 39 Clues series. If you have read them, you would know that different authors write each of the books, and the author of The Red Pyramid wrote the first one. So some of his awesome action/suspense writing was also put into the 39 Clues books. Also, the two books could not compare well. The 39 Clues series is about real world problems while The Red Pyramid is all about magic and monsters.