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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,248 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Susan Hubbard, Joyce Bean Narrator: Joyce Bean Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Ethical Vampire Series Release Date:
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What if everything you knew about your family was a lie? What if, when the lies began to crack, beneath them lay a truth so dark and deep, yet so compelling, that it pulled you inside?

Ariella Montero is seeking the true identities of her mother and father—and of herself. She’s been taught literature, philosophy, science, and history, but she knows almost nothing about the real world and its complexities. Her world is one wherein ghosts and vampires commune with humans; where Edgar Allan Poe and Jack Kerouac are role models; where every time a puzzle seems solved, its last piece changes the entire picture.When the last piece is murder, Ari goes on the road in search of her mother, who disappeared at the time of her birth. The hunt nearly costs Ari her life, and, in finding her mother, she loses her father. But gradually she uncovers the secrets that have kept the family apart, and she begins to come to terms with her own unique nature and her chances for survival.

Set in upstate New York, England, and the American South, The Society of S explodes stereotypes—of the homeschooled, vampires, monkeys, FBI agents, and academics. In this strange new world, vegetarianism, environmentalism, biomedical research, and the ability to disappear are options for those who drink blood and face the prospect of eternal life. A taut, character-driven literary mystery, The Society of S is the future of vampirism, told in a voice that will haunt you—and make you think.

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  • “This is a solid story of a girl coming of age, wanting her family to be together, and wishing to belong to something. The author doesn’t use supernatural elements as a crutch, but instead they enhance an already strong narrative.”

    School Library Journal

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Helen | 2/4/2014

    " I'd call this a literary teen vampire novel. The language throughout is lovely--I opened this while shelving books in the teen section, read the first three pages, then bought it during my lunch a half an hour later. I read the majority of it when I was at home during Christmas, so I remember being warm, the Christmass tree lights, and the tin of chocolates by my hip as I read. It's a very well done book--it's a vampire book, but not; a coming-of-age story with a twist. The sequel, The Year of Disappearances is already out in the US, so I might pick it up when I'm over there. I wish more people knew about this book than the Twilight series, but its lack of concrete romance will mean the Twilight-obsessed girls won't touch it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Melonie Morningstar | 1/30/2014

    " Loved this book. for anyone that thinks they are a fan of the vampire genre make a point to read this. It gives a very different view on vampires. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sarah Jones | 1/14/2014

    " A far more interesting teenage/vampire book than the Twilight series. I am hoping there will be more. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Dalton Lynne | 1/12/2014

    " This book was a bit of a disappointment - especially since I'd read so many good things about it. The protagonist felt flat - there just wasn't much about her that made her a likable or compelling character. I probably won't listen to other books in the series. "

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About the Author
Author Susan Hubbard

Susan Hubbard is the author of Blue Money, winner of the Janet Heidinger Kakfa Prize, and Walking on Ice, winner of the Associated Writing Programs’ Short Fiction Prize. A professor of English at the University of Central Florida, her fiction has appeared in Triquarterly, Ploughshares, The Mississippi Review, and other journals.