Published by Entangled Teen on May 3rd 2016
Genres: Young Adult, contemporary, Suspense, Social Issues, Romance
Source: eARC from Publisher
Welcome to Trinity Academy’s best-kept secret.
You’ve been handpicked by the elite of the elite to become a member. But first you’ll have to prove your worth by making it through Hell Week.
Do you have what it takes?
It’s time to find out.
Samantha Evans knows she’d never get an invite to rush the Society—not after her dad went to jail for insider trading. But after years of relentless bullying at the hands of the Society’s queen bee, Jessica, she’s ready to take down Jessica and the Society one peg at a time from the inside out.
All it’ll take is a bit of computer hacking, a few fake invitations, some eager rushees…and Sam will get her revenge.
Let the games begin.
The Society is a young adult standalone suspense by Jodie Andrefski. It deals with one of my favorite young adult subjects- a secret society in a boarding school setting. The Society took a bit of a different twist on the secret society thing. Instead of secrets to uncover from the school, this was a revenge plot. Secrets of a different kind. It was an interesting take on a secret society and it certainly was new and different. The whole thing felt very Scream Queens to me…minus the guy in the mask.
Sam and Jessica are the two main characters of The Society and their relationship and dynamic was actually the most interesting aspect of the entire novel to me. Jessica is the quintessential mean girl to Sam. They used to be best friends but because of some legal issues involving their dads, they had a major falling out. Sam’s dad landed in jail, but Jessica’s family certainly did not come out of the situation unscathed. What I found to be the most interesting was that as much as Sam wanted to believe that she is the only victim in this whole story, her and Jessica are actually much more similar than either one of them would like to believe. The whole fiasco with their fathers affected both of them. Their families hurt each other. There was no one way road. And yes, Jessica started out as the mean girl, but Sam kind of morphed into her. (although I’m sure Sam’s mindset was more of the ends justify the means.) My point is good girl and mean girl roles got a little blurry in this book, which made for a very interesting shades of gray kind of read.
The boarding school setting is a favorite of mine, and I loved it for The Society. This was a fast read for me. (though a few parts in the middle did drag on a bit.) To me, it will be a hit more with plot driven readers, as I didn’t find any of the characters particularly lovable. They were interesting, but I didn’t end up rooting for any of them too much. I was more interested in seeing what was going to happen next in the story. That is not necessarily a bad thing, just a bit different for me, as I tend to be a more character driven reader.
Bottom line: The Society is a very interesting read. I think it will be great for fans of plot driven stories looking for a secret society read with a twist. It is a solid read.
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