Dead Girls Society
Author: Michelle Krys
Publication: November 8th, 2016
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Format: e-ARC, 304 pages
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Thriller
Read: October 2016
I received an e-ARC of this book from Random House Children’s and Delacorte Press via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
This review talks about the Cystic Fibrosis representation from an #ownvoices reviewer perspective, check it out as well.
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 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.
Plot – 3.4 out of 5 stars
This book was really mysterious and intense. It’s full of adrenaline and action packed because of what the main characters are going through. Sometimes it could get a little cheesy and almost immatureish. I feel like the romance that was introduced and carried out was unnecessary and didn’t really do anything for the plot. And the ending was really annoying and infuriating.
Writing Style – 4 out of 5 stars
The writing style was really simple yet fast paced. It was easy to read and it had an emotive and creepy quality to it. The mystery was really entertaining and well done. I think the choice of narrator was really interesting and I think unconventional but it had it’s moments where it felt whiny, immature though the character definitely showed off her smarts.
Characters – 3.5 out of 5 stars
I had a problem connecting with the characters in this series. I don’t know if it was because of the point of view or because of the way they were presented but I didn’t care about them as much as I wanted or expected to. Hope is the main character and I found her to be an interesting choice, most notably because she has cystic fibrosis. I can’t say if it was a good or bad representation of the disease and what it does to the body and to the person but I thought it was an interesting aspect of her character. However, she’s really immature and whiny. She can be very petty and though smart, sometimes things felt like they were too easy for her. She’s brave and a fighter but some of her choices throughout the book are definitely questionable. There are four other side characters that take on a primary role in the book but I felt like they were stereotyped and very predictable. Even the main characters notices! Though at some point the other makes sure to point out parts of her individuality, I still saw that coming and pretty much continued the predictable characterization.
I didn’t know what to expect from this book but I ended up enjoying it for the most part, even though I had some issues with it.
The plot is intense. We follow Hope, a girl sick with cystic fibrosis and living her life stuck inside her room when she receives a cryptic invitation by The Society to join a game of dares to win money. She joins four other girls in a game that becomes dangerous very, very quickly. This book was a great mystery thriller. I didn’t expect a lot of the twists and turns that happened in the plot and I got caught up in the adrenaline of it all. The dares were inventive and scary which kept me on the edge of my seat. The writing itself did very well in making me feel like I was within the story and made me just as paranoid as the rest of the characters. It managed to keep me engaged in the story and wanting to see what would happen next. The characters were complex and unique to each other, but they were also a bit predictable and stereotypical. I want to give some props to the other because I did not figure out who the culprit was at any moment which has been something that I can easily do with these kinds of books lately. However, the narrative really brought down my enjoyment. It was sometimes annoying and immature and kind of made me want to experience the story from someone else’s point of view. There was also a developed romance involved which I was not happy about. Everything else kept me hooked but as soon as it became a thing, I was turned off. I felt like it was unnecessary to the story, it felt like instalove and it didn’t really add anything to the actual plot about the Society. I would’ve rather have other scenes that did not involve any kind of romance that could’ve made the game much more intense. Then there was the ending. It pissed me off so much! I don’t know if there’s a new trend or what, but I am sick and tired of standalone books having open endings or open threads or just plain cliffhangers at the end. You’re a standalone! Your story should be complete when I get to the end. I don’t need to be plagued with “what ifs” or “what’s gonna happens” WHEN THERE’S NO OTHER BOOK. Please, authors, stop doing this. It’s so frustrating and it just makes me feel like you’re trying to get your publishers to get you another book out of the same story line by praying on reader’s emotions. Not cool.
Hope was an interesting choice for a main character. She’s the only one brought to the game in an easy way and she has a sickness, a disability that the rest of the girls don’t have. However, I found her to be really whiny and immature though she was persistent and intent on figuring out who was behind the game. While she did some stupid things, she was smart in the way she tried to puzzle it out and she was the only one really trying to do so which I think was very brave of her. I did not like the romance she was involved with at all. I felt like it wasn’t only unnecessary for the plot but also for her. She did not need a guy to keep fighting or to move forward. It made her seem like much more of a damsel in distress than she really was.
I was really disappointed in the way the side characters were developed, at least in part. I feel like compared to each other, all the girls were unique and interesting and complex. But at the same time, they all fit into a little box which the main character even points out the first time they are together in one place. And even when the author tries to push them out of those boxes, it felt too much like a “they are more than meets the eye” kind of reveal which yes, I also think is stereotypical. I would’ve loved to have seen more of them and to have them develop more as individuals than just the other girls that are involved in this crazy plot.
Overall, I enjoyed this book a bit. The plot was intense and entertaining. It kept me on the edge of my seat and engaged into the story. I really liked how caught off guard I was about the reveal of the culprit but the ending really made me mad. The main character was a little annoying but resourceful and I think she was an interesting choice as narrator. The side characters were too typical for me and the romance was completely unnecessary but I think the author did a good job with the writing of this book.
So that’s it for this post! Let me know what you think of my thoughts and if you’re thinking of picking up this book. I would also love to know if you’ve encountered cliffhanger endings in standalone books and if you’re as pissed off about them as I am. Thanks so much for reading and I’ll see you on my next post!