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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 might win some real money.
But the Society isn’t all it seems . . . and soon Hope finds that playing the game isn’t a choice—it’s a requirement.
This was a pretty good book. The main character, Hope, lives with her mother and sister, Jenny. She has cystic fibrosis, which is apparent in the book, and has to go through regular treatments, take medications, and be extra careful. I thought her character was brave, strong, and stubborn. Her best friend’s name is Ethan, who I didn’t really see a connection with throughout the book.
One day, Hope receives an email from “The Society” stating that she needs to go to an abandoned warehouse. There, she meets four other girls from her school, and they go through a series of dangerous dares to win the prize money. These dares take place at random points around town, and are pretty scary. I thought the imagination of the book was very good. I enjoyed the mystery, and felt like once I had a pretty good idea of who “The Society” was, it would suddenly change. It kept me guessing through the entire book.
The only thing that wasn’t very believable was the high school. For some reason, everyone made fun of her when her mother had to go to school to talk to the nurse about her medications. I don’t foresee that ever happening in real life, especially to a girl who has a life threatening illness. The love story fell short for me, as well. I didn’t really feel it was needed. I love a good love story as much as the next person, but this felt very forced. All in all, it was a pretty good book and I really hope there’s a second one, because of the insane twist and cliffhanger at the end.
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release Date: November 8th, 2016
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Young Adult, Contemporary