Wednesday October 7, 2009
by Tom Dolby
Available September 29, 2009
An eccentric new girl. A brooding socialite. The son 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.
Many of us feel that the world is often distinguished by the "Haves" and the "Have nots" or "Its not WHAT you know but WHO you know"...well, this is the kind of book that re-enforces that notion and takes it to an even higher level.
Take Paris Hilton...why is she famous and in the movies when she obviously has little to zero real talent? Maybe she has been inducted into the Secret Society :o)...you get the idea. But what our three lucky teens start realize is that the sweet taste of success isn't as sweet when you didn't really earn your way to the top. And what price do they have to pay for the "help" they received in getting there?
Mystery, intrigue and a definite who-done-it. Things were a little slow in the middle but totally picked up towards the end and an abrupt ending leads me to believe there must be a book two on the way!
Appropriate for 7th grade and up.
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