Published by Katherine Tegen Books on November 8th 2016
Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Horror, Mysteries & Detective Stories, Social Themes, General
eARC provided by HarperCollins
A girl accepts a mysterious invitation to play a deadly game in this suspense-filled thriller from the author of HEXED--perfect for fans of NERVE by Jeanne Ryan and Lauren Oliver's PANIC.
You are cordially invited to participate in a game of thrills and dares. Tell no one, and come alone. If you dare.
Hope is sick of everyone treating her like she’s breakable. Sure, she has cystic fibrosis (basically really bad lungs), but she’s tired of being babied by her mom and her overprotective best friend, Ethan, not to mention worrying about paying for her expensive medication and how she’s going to afford college.And she’s bored with life in her run-down New Orleans suburb.
When an invitation arrives from a mysterious group that calls itself the Society, Hope jumps at the chance for some excitement. This could be her ticket out. All she has to do is complete a few dares and she just might win some real money.
But the Society isn’t all that it seems . . . and soon Hope finds that playing the game isn’t a choice—it’s a requirement.
“Dark, twisty, and thrilling.” —Danielle Paige, New York Times bestselling author of Dorothy Must Die
“A delicious and fast-paced read! This one kept me up way past my bedtime!” —Julie Murphy, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Dumplin’
From the Hardcover edition.
This was a fun thriller. I think this story was written at a great pace and had a cool concept. Some of it was really far fetched. I would sum this up as good, not great.
First the good: I like Hope as a person. I love the idea of the society with all these different personality types working together. There is such diversity in the group, and even a LGBT is represented
I loved that this story started right off with the first letter. Like I said before, the pacing was right on. I liked that I didn’t have to wait for the society to appear in this book, it pretty much gets introduced in chapter one. The mystery of who the society is becomes really important as the story moves forward. I enjoyed guessing who done it, and was shocked at the reveal. I am sure most readers will be surprised as well. (that might be because we are not given enough information, and a key detail is left out of the narrative until almost the end, which leads me right into…)
The Not So Good: First things first, Hope’s frailty. Cystic fibrosis would have been bad enough, but this story went a little too far. In a conversation Hope’s mother states that she was born 4 and 1/2 months premature. 4 AND 1/2 MONTHS! My son was born 4 months premature (24 weeks) and I can tell you right now that sort of prematurity alone would have been almost fatal. She was 22 weeks pregnant when Hope was born. Most hospitals in this country wouldn’t even consider a 22 week pregnancy viable (the survival rate is 2%-9% at 22 weeks). Cystic fibrosis is awful and deadly, and I think the author should have stopped right there. It does explain why her mother might have a been a bit overprotective.
The only visitor Hope has is her crush. Hmm, that seems mighty coincidental. Ethan as the love interest made me yawn. He is so ideal and boring I don’t understand why he was needed in the story. There were a lot of extreme characters in this story which made me roll my eyes. Characetrs are really bad, really rich, really smart, really sick, really good looking, and/or really evil.
I don’t think a lot of readers will be able to relate to Hope. She is hard to imagine with her illness, close family, and her hot best friend. Hope is also a lot less awkward then originally described. She is graceful in social situations and despite being really sick, she is still bullied? I really didn’t get why a bullied kid would want to go back to school so badly.
In Conclusion: I think this story was okay, but some elements were really immature. I can’t imagine readers will find this to be an original story as it uses so many overdone elements. I had major issues with a few things in this story, but it was an okay read.