My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Received: Penguin Random House Canada
Published: March 2019
Publisher: Knopf BFYR
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Mystery, Boarding School, Secret Society, Romance
I have no patience for this book. It’s all telling, no showing. I was warned but I like to SEE things for myself and I saw… very little. This secret society is way too secret for the reader’s wellbeing. By that I mean, I don’t know about you, but it drives me crazy to keep reading while learning almost nothing. Sure, the History of the secret society is somewhat provided, however I found everything to be so… unbelievable.
Already, a secret society stretches your imagination, though I’m sure there are a few breathing in this world. But isn’t it rather… stupid… for members of a secret society to hate one another? I would have thought that when you’re linked to one another by an esoteric society no one else outside of it has any knowledge of or right to belong, you would turn to the members of this ‘‘community’’ for support and companionship.
But this is a cutthroat kind of boarding school and everyone in it is so exceptionally pretentious. I guess when you’re rich and possess abilities others don’t, you can potentially feel superior to other human beings, but these teens feel superior to one another and are constantly in competition against each other. This does not peace make. By the way, this includes the heroine. She’s annoying as well. A bit more humane than the other kids but still a pain in the ass.
It’s too bad this ended up being a DNF for me because I typically love boarding school stories and anything that comes close to kickass abilities. But this book annoyed me too much. Ugh.
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