Published by Delacorte Press
Published on November 8th 2016
Genres: Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, Young Adult
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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.
Another perfect book to read in October!!
I am always a bit stand offish when it comes to YA thrillers with a group of girls that takes place in high school. Things tend to always be the same, the girls are the same, the mystery usually obvious. I got lucky with this one though, because the girls were all very different, and very surprising at times. So that was a great start.
Anyway, we follow Hope, who is sick (I wont get into the details) and due to her illness leads a very sheltered life. So of course, when opportunity knocks and offers her a chance to do something insane, she goes for it. That lands us with the other girls, none of whom are really friends of any kind. They all jump into the dares given to them, which become increasingly more dangerous. But what keeps them going is all the secrets they are hiding.
In between all the late night dares, Hope is also trying to lead a normal life. This is where the small romance aspect comes into play. I actually really appreciate that the story didn’t focus so heavily on this. While it was definitely present, it just didn’t take over the book. It focused on friendship, and learning to live life to the fullest.
The mystery of it all was interesting. There were no clues really given at all as to who was behind the whole thing. I’m one of those people that look for clues in everything in an attempt to see if I can solve it before the big reveal, and while the suspect list kept growing, I still felt clueless. So it was kind of exciting to actually have to wait for all to be revealed. I definitely get the Pretty Little Liars comparisons. A mysterious force that knows all your secrets and holds them over your head and threatens you with them? Easy comparison. But I’m not mad about it, because it doesn’t feel like a rip off of PLL. It is definitely its own story.
This was fun, and the very last “dare” they went to with the reveal was pretty intense and crazy. But I definitely could have used a little more scary with the dares. Something that really got my adrenaline pumping. (But I’m hard to please and it takes a lot to get me on the edge of my seat.) Overall, I enjoyed this! I think a lot of people will like this and if you like YA thrillers you should definitely give this a shot!
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