Friday, August 21, 2009

The Society of S by Susan Hubbard

The Society of S is a book about a teenage girl and...never mind, I won’t tell you. Although, the book summary does spoil it rather nicely. The book centers around Ari, a rather sheltered child living with her father. I’m not going to continue boring you with plot summary because that’s what reading the book is for, right? After all, now I’ve cleverly created mystery which will entice you to read it out of sheer curiosity. That is exactly what I recommend, read it.
The characters are interesting and not simple cardboard cutouts unlike other supporting characters with blind loyalty or simple motives. As most young adult novels center around, the theme deals with the coming of age and, in effect, coming to terms with yourself. That’s not particularly a bad thing because Society of S does it quite well. The writing is engaging, extremely so. However, I’m not sure which category to put the book in. It’s somewhat of an adventure mixed with some fantasy, and a more of a science fiction persona with a dash of conspiracy to make it fun. Unlike most science fiction I’ve read, the writing was fluid and never seemed to sputter on inexplicable, scientific jargon—the plague that most sci-fi seem to suffer from.
The villain was vaguely clear after some time, although to some, he might appear more Machiavellian than “evil.” Strangely enough, the actual Society of S isn’t even mentioned until the last 50 pages or so from the end. It doesn’t play a prominent role except for, perhaps, only the lifestyle it imposes. Again, one of the best aspects of the novel (now horribly clichéd by today’s writers) will stay unknown until you so choose to read the spoiling book summary or decide to read the book yourself. I recommend avoiding the summary and head straight to the book. I award The Society of S by Susan Hubbard 4 stars. ****

Review by Alisa Heskin

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