It's a new year and a new world for the freshly minted class of initiates. We catch up with Phoebe, Nick, Lauren, and Patch just after their little "party" on Isis Island with the Society, setting out in their new roles as Conscripts...and tensions are running high. As much as they like the opportunities that have been handed to them (freedom, money, professional and personal advances), the fellowship that comes from being part of a group, they have come to a very important decision....they want OUT. Two deaths, their silence, and their obedience in exchange for a world of opportunity; the price they paid to be a part of the in crowd has become too high even for the richest amongst them. They are willing to do anything to break free from the Society, even if it means shattering their good names in the process. There's only problem...no one leaves the Society...willingly at least.
The cover art selected always manages to give you pause as you quickly sort out what you believe the book might be about from a visual stand point while the mysterious little ankh tattoo peeking out from the girl's neck makes you curious. The title is simply in its wording yet captivating in that simplicity and certainly appropriate for the book (you'll see why when you read it). The writing has an easy flow with chapters spaced just so allowing you to sneak in an extra one (or two or three) before calling it a night...certainly a happy thought if you are anything like me and can't bear to stop mid chapter if it can be helped. Let's talk characters for a moment as I reveal a few observations from my reading adventure with this installment.
I have to say...I felt Lindsay wavering in her commitment to ending their connections with the group on more than one occasion, despite the fact that she is one of them with the least to lose. Phoebe had this odd knack for just popping up almost out of nowhere with an insight into their current predicament that was uncanny and sometimes beyond her years (old soul). Nick surprised me with the backbone (and lack thereof) he showed at various times and Patch, well he's Patch. You can't help but feel for him as he plays the role of outsider looking in but after the revelation made clear in this book, the next steps in his journey won't be quite as easy. Thad was a new addition to their group (and newly mentioned in this post...surprise!) and yet had little face time serving mostly as a social stand in to Alejandro's absence, while in complete contrast to him, we have Lia (another new comer that's not actually in the Society) stealing the show with her attitude and style (think glitter lipstick, only better) in her few brief moments in the spotlight. Favorites amongst them? Hard to say....but certainly enjoyed getting to know each of them a little better.
The glitz. The glam. All covering up something rather peculiar for a group of such "upstanding" citizens and yet I can't help but fear we've only seen the tip of the iceberg here. I mean their class number still sits above the ideal 14, which can only mean one thing.... *dun*dun*dunnnnn*...can't wait to see what awaits this group of friends next time around. One can only hope the next book is forthcoming rather quickly...
HarperCollins. (THANKS!) For more information on this book as well as their full catalog of great titles, check out their website or follow along on Twitter! Curious to find out more about "the Society"? No worries, I have a few links for you as well. Feel free to visit the author's website, follow along on Twitter (author or "the Society"), or check out the publisher's Secret Society feature. This book's scheduled release date was yesterday (02/01/11) so be on the look out for it on a bookstore shelf near you.
Until next time...get initiated...and happy reading!