Secret Society ハードカバー – 2009/10/1
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Secrets, secrets are no fun. Secrets, secrets hurt someone. . . .
An eccentric new girl. A brooding socialite. The scion of one of New York's wealthiest families. A promising filmmaker. As students at the exclusive Chadwick School, Phoebe, Lauren, Nick, and Patch already live in a world most teenagers only dream about.
They didn't ask to be Society members. But when three of them receive a mysterious text message promising success and fame beyond belief, they say yes to everything—even to the harrowing initiation ceremony in a gritty warehouse downtown and to the ankh-shaped tattoo they're forced to get on the nape of their necks. Once they're part of the Society, things begin falling into place for them. Week after week, their ambitions are fulfilled. It's all perfect—until a body is found in Central Park with no distinguishing marks except for an ankh-shaped tattoo.
Tom Dolby makes his teen fiction debut with this riveting novel about a dangerous society so secret that once you get in, you can never get out.
Tom Dolby is the author of the novels Secret Society, The Sixth Form, and The Trouble Boy. He was born in London, raised in San Francisco, and now divides his time between Manhattan's West Village and Wainscott, New York. He is a graduate of Yale University, where he received his BA in the history of art.
3 kids are invited to join a secret society and all their dreams are full filled when they are juniors, but what does the society want from them? I did like the opening line from the Usual Suspects..Great line.
I loved how it picked up in the end. Out of the chracters I wanted to know more about was Patch/Nick and society from their Point of Views. They seemed to have the more interesting story line. It does seem to be a series because I was left hanging at the end. Overall I liked it.
I'm hoping some of the history of The Society is explored in any following books to this series. Overall, you are pulled in quickly to `Secret Society' and the author smoothly pushes you along through different characters' viewpoints adding richness and layers to the story. Outwardly it would seem the author is telling the reader they have to have money and connections to make it in life. Yet, as you delve deeper, you see this isn't the case at all. Patch, Nick's best friend, is an outsider to The Society determined to videotape their secret meetings and gatherings. I enjoyed Patch's perspective because it was a lot like the readers'. Again, though, I hope some of the gaps regarding The Society are filled in during the next book. Overall, a good story and based on `Secret Society' I would pick up Book #2.
Secret Society series: Secret Society (1), The Trust (2)
Author: Tom Dolby
Genre: YA mystery
Publishing Information: October 1, 2009 by HarperTeen
Series: First book in Secret Society series, followed by The Trust
Where I got it: E-book from the library
One sentence: Four wealthy young people from New York- Phoebe, Lauren, Nick and Patch- are invited to join the Society: a organization that seems innocent, but as time passes becomes more and more sinister.
Themes: Secret societies, New York City, prep-school, mystery
Main characters: 3/5
I didn't particularly like or dislike any of the main characters except Patch, who for some reason I really disliked. I didn't feel like there was any real depth to the characters, and while I sometimes empathized with them, I couldn't really relate to them at all. Further, none of the characters were really defined for me and I didn't feel any emotional attachment to them.
Secondary characters: 2.5/5
Very minimal interaction. Some interesting characters, like Patch's grandma or Nick's dad, but mainly because of their connection to the Society, not based on their personalities or development through the novel.
Writing style: 2/5
The pacing was probably the biggest negative for me. While I thought that the plot had the opportunity to be remarkable, the pacing left me feeling uninterested and bored. The slow pace combined with the length of the novel made it difficult to wade through, particularly the middle section. The one thing I did like was the alternating narrators, which switched it up and gave an insight into all four protagonists.
I really liked the idea of the secret society set in modern day Manhattan and the prep-school scene. Coming from my first year in a sorority, I found the initiation and ritual similarities very interesting. I also really loved the mystery elements (although some of the execution fell short) and the twists and curveballs thrown in. Some of the coolest parts for me was watching what the society could do to help each of them out- like Lauren's jewelry design being bought, and Phoebe's art being displayed at the gallery.
A couple twists save it from being boring, but it ends on a cliffhanger and I'm just not interested in reading a sequel to this mediocre book.
Best scene: The initiation ritual
Positives: Premise, twists, multiple POV's
Negatives: Slow pace, length,
First Line: Even the most seasoned walks through Manhattan's Central Park often miss Cleopatra's Needle.
Cover: Absolutely gorgeous and so stunningly simple.
Verdict: Definitely not a read you should feel guilty about missing. Falls short of its promising premise.
Rating: 5.8 / 10