An eccentric new girl A brooding socialite The scion of one of New York s wealthiest families A promising filmmaker As students at the exclusive Chadwick School, Pheobe, Lauren, Nick, and Patch already live in a world most teenagers only dream aboutThey didn t ask to be Society members But when three of them receive a mysterious text message promising success and fame beyond belief, they say yes to everything Even to the harrowing initiation ceremony, and to the ankh shaped tattoo they re forced to get on the nape of their necksOnce they re part of the Society, things begin falling into place for them Week after week, their ambitions are fulfilled It s all perfect until a body is found in Central Park with no distinguishing marks except for an ankh shaped tattooTom Dolby makes his teen fiction debut with this riveting novel about a dangerous society so secret that once you get in, you can never get out


10 thoughts on “Secret Society

  1. Jazz Jazz says:

    I often wonder how some books become published Secret Society would be torn apart figuratively Well, maybe literally, too in even an introduction to fiction class The narration changes between four characters, often in the same scene, making the action difficult to follow.Dolby skips crucial scenes that would let readers connect with characters One subplot is about Lauren who meets Alejandro A couple sentences tell us Alejandro gives Lauren an extravagant birthday present and a few chapt I often wonder how some books become published Secret Society would be torn apart figuratively Well, maybe literally, too in even an introduction to fiction class The narration changes between four characters, often in the same scene, making the action difficult to follow.Dolby skips crucial scenes that would let readers connect with characters One subplot is about Lauren who meets Alejandro A couple sentences tell us Alejandro gives Lauren an extravagant birthday present and a few chapters later Lauren describes him as someone who makes everything worth it A few chapters beyond that she describes him as a flake, but Dolby hasn t shown us any behavior flakier than Lauren s own.Perhaps when Lauren said worth it she meant the 900 skirt she bought in her introductory chapter It s so tough buying those, right She turned over the skirt s price tag nine hundred dollars Would her mother notice if she put it on her platinum card No, Lauren shopped at Giroux all the time, so what was the big deal Even if her parents divorce had frozen her mother s love life, it had done no such thing to her bank account Dolby tells us how great his characters are, but he never really shows us Why is Phoebe good at art Her mom being an artist isn t enough Has she studied art all of her life What credentials does Nick, the one who supposedly loves music, have to judge what is good and poor sounding Music lessons, ever And for the love of anything that makes sense, why does Patch, the poor kid, go to the rich prep school I had short expectations for this book I was worried it would be about whiny rich kids I will admit the characters aren t whiny They re just shallow I did have hope in the beginning when the kids vowed to obey the Society over church, school, and state I thought Secret Society was going to be a story about standing up to corruption and oppression, and how materialism gets in the way of wisdom and righteousness.What I got was story about kids who can t look at a person without noticing their L.L Bean boots Kids who say oh, how horrible this Society is Let s investigate then give in to their oppressors after a reprimand I read somewhere that this is going to be a series, and I was so sad I almost wept Sometimes a story is much stronger as stand alone piece If this story had actually been revised, which I can t imagine it was from the poor quality of the writing, it could be a wonderful tale about the dangers of being out of touch with reality that privilege brings I suppose it needs to be series because someone doesn t own enough 900 skirts.At one point, an expensive shop owner tells Lauren that you have to pay for quality sometimes It does make sense to pay for quality Which is why it makes sense that I got this book for free.I didn t hate Secret Society because I think Dolby was trying to make a point about corruption There was one character who spent the book trying to infiltrate the Society so he could expose them, and the kids do see some serious damage done by the Society Dolby just really missed the mark in regards to making his characters come alive and creatng a story that means something


  2. Samantha Samantha says:

    In Secret Society we follow the lives of four students from Chadwick Prep, one of the most elite prep schools in New York City Phoebe is the eccentric new girl in town, Nick is the up and coming member of one of the wealthiest families in New York, Lauren is the budding socialite, and Patch is an amateur filmmaker There is something else about these students that make them special, three of these students have gained the interest of The Society.The Society is a secret group of people that s mi In Secret Society we follow the lives of four students from Chadwick Prep, one of the most elite prep schools in New York City Phoebe is the eccentric new girl in town, Nick is the up and coming member of one of the wealthiest families in New York, Lauren is the budding socialite, and Patch is an amateur filmmaker There is something else about these students that make them special, three of these students have gained the interest of The Society.The Society is a secret group of people that s mission is to preserve a way of life I for one, have always had a major interest in secret societies and so I was already excited about this book and Tom Dolby has definitely done his research with this The imagery is so vivid that I actually found myself waking up from dreams about this book and about these characters, which is a major thing for me since most books don t get in my head like that Some people are probably thinking Oh no, not something else about a secret society, but this is majorly different Think Gossip Girl the show meets The Skulls Paul Walker Joshua Jackson movie from 2000.After receiving text messages that tell them to go to a gritty downtown warehouse, the three students begin the initiation into The Society This initiation concludes with each of them receiving an ankh shaped tattoo on the nape of their necks Once they are entered into The Society, they start gaining everything they were promised fame, fortune, friends in high places, parties, private town cars that deliver them to and from events But what s the price they must pay in order to have these rewards Things start changing when the body of a young male is found in Central Park with no distinguishing marks, aside from the ankh tattoo on the nape of his neck Then they start to wonder, is all of this worth the risk But questioning The Society in that way can lead to be very dangerous to not only their careers, but also to their lives and the lives of the people they care about I loved this book I mean totally loved it, some of the characters are a bit clich but I think in order to really relate to these characters at all, they needed to be I also love the whole secret society thing I find it so interesting and I have read all kinds of stuff about them Fiction and nonfiction alike The Life and Death Brigade I love love love Gil Girls , The Skulls, Skull and Bones, the Illuminati, the Freemasons, Fight Club, etc are all secret societies either in popular culture or in reality There are so many legends and depictions of these societies and I can t help but to be fascinated I so highly recommend this book, if you can t tell already I am so excited for the sequel, which according to Tom himself via Twitter TomDolby I am writing THE DENDUR CONSPIRACY right now, sofall 2010 I know, too long to wait I think that is too long to wait and this is the issue I have with reading the first book in a series while it s still an ARC, because that means I have longer to wait until the sequel comes out But this is definitely a book I will read again There are so many twists and turns that I didn t see coming and I can t wait to see how they pan out Definitely a must read


  3. Sarah Elizabeth Sarah Elizabeth says:

    Source I own a copy of this book A group of teens in Manhattan join an exclusive, secret society, one which is about to change their lives forever For the better or worse.This book started out okay, but went downhill fairly quickly.I didn t really like any of the characters, they were all pretty stupid at points, and didn t seem to really understand the ramifications of joining this secret society They seemed to quite happily go along to some random address, get a tattoo, and then take the Source I own a copy of this book A group of teens in Manhattan join an exclusive, secret society, one which is about to change their lives forever For the better or worse.This book started out okay, but went downhill fairly quickly.I didn t really like any of the characters, they were all pretty stupid at points, and didn t seem to really understand the ramifications of joining this secret society They seemed to quite happily go along to some random address, get a tattoo, and then take the gifts and opportunities as they presented themselves, never really wondering what would happen if things turned sour.The storyline in this sounded good, but the execution was just off The pace was too slow, the conversations that the characters had were dull, full of info dumps, and just generally pretty boring, and even thought I wanted to know what happened, reading this was like wading through quicksand.There wasn t much in the way of romance, and the other storylines were all very similar, and basically revolved around how stupid these kids were to believe that they were getting something for nothing.The end took a bit of an odd little twist, but I was just glad it was over really.Overall dull,4.5 out of 10


  4. Abbie Abbie says:

    Secret Society was an okay read at first, but it started to drag after a few chapters.There wasn t any characters that i liked They were all quite stupid, naive, and annoying.Phoebe was probably the worst one She was new, but knew all about Lauren being the bitchiest person at the school so why would she follow her to an address she doesn t know It could have all been a horrible prank The pacing was really slow, and by the time i got halfway, i just wanted the book to end It picked up a l Secret Society was an okay read at first, but it started to drag after a few chapters.There wasn t any characters that i liked They were all quite stupid, naive, and annoying.Phoebe was probably the worst one She was new, but knew all about Lauren being the bitchiest person at the school so why would she follow her to an address she doesn t know It could have all been a horrible prank The pacing was really slow, and by the time i got halfway, i just wanted the book to end It picked up a little bit in the last fourth, but it still wasn t anything amazing.Overall, slow, boring, and had silly characters.I won t be reading book two


  5. Donna Donna says:

    Gee Yet another book about rich prep school kids getting everything handed to them How original.It s Skull and Bones, peanut version but with some estrogen The whole Egyptian involvement is completely contrived and never really explained I understand we re hopping around behind the eyes of the noobs to the group but as far as I m concerned, these guys thought the Egyptians were cool and decided to use their logos for their club By the end of the book, they could have been pirates for all it Gee Yet another book about rich prep school kids getting everything handed to them How original.It s Skull and Bones, peanut version but with some estrogen The whole Egyptian involvement is completely contrived and never really explained I understand we re hopping around behind the eyes of the noobs to the group but as far as I m concerned, these guys thought the Egyptians were cool and decided to use their logos for their club By the end of the book, they could have been pirates for all it mattered to the overall plot.And noob tattoo dude mistake numero uno the neck is one of the most conspicuous spots to put a tattoo No matter how small it is, unless it s a little black dot, it s going to get noticed Nobobs for those girls For a secret society, they sure flaunt their marker, don t they As far as the writing goes, I didn t feel it was quite there yet It wasmediocre In the hands of someone withexperience or greater talent, I think it could have done better but instead we get a Swiss cheese plot that meanders in all the wrong places, is thoroughly short on suspense and elementarily written The characters are one dimensional, narrow minded and as woe is me as you d expect them to be in their current situations.What little information we are given of this half assed society is awkwardly dumped in some of the most chunky and ridiculously sounding sentences I ve ever read The fact that the invitation is only handed out to prep school kids in their junior year is laughable Want to narrow it down any People with only blue eyes One leg slightly shorter than the other Literally, I laughed when that information was dumped because, considering the context and the way it was said, it was just absurd.Maybe this is something that s just showing my age but the casualness of underage drinking in this book really shocked me, not to mention the lack of consequences for these over privileged kids It s parentfail if I ve ever seen it because if I had ever come home drunk and hours past curfew, my grounded ass would never see the light of day again These kids are actually encouraged to act like shitheads Again, parentfail I m all for lowering the drinking age to 18 because if you re old enough to die for your country, you re old enough to have a drink because that beer is so to handle than those assault rifles and justifiable homicide but the extreme casualness of it all, how out in the open it was, just really bothered me We had to be super sneaky when we drank These kids just did it out in the open with absolutely no consequences How nice.The whole secret society concept is unoriginal The writing needs to be improved To me, the characters were unrelatable Because of the poor writing, it lacked the suspense required of these kids situations Maybe if it was there, maybe if I was able to feel their fear at what was going on, I might have been able to connect to them But nope Tell, tell, tell I don t care If I don t feel it, those characters could drink themselves to death and I wouldn t bat an eyeoh wait .Maybe it s just my age that s preventing me from liking this one Or the sheer number of writing flaws have thoroughly detracted me from anything that might be worthwhile in the text Either way, I didn t like it This one easily blends in to all the other prep school crap that s out there Except now it s tainting ancient Egypt s good name and for, apparently, no good reason because the connection is never made.Alas, by the looks of the end, this isn t the last we ll see of this OMG we must keep this secret but lets give ourselves secret tattoos in one of the most unsecret places on our bodies secret society but rest assured, I won t be reading it Inconsistencies and technical fallacies irk me Especially when I m sick Irk meter is that much higher And the ending wasn t even good either You almost expect it for everything that s happened But because the author can t write a suspenseful sentence, you don t actually feel it so it all falls flat.Oh yeah, your neck is one of the most PAINFUL places to get a tattoo Anywhere where you have a concentration of nerve endings Where your brain stem meets your spine I d say that s a pain hot spot Just another fallacy that had me not believing anything the author wrote For a 16 year old, they d be crying Just remember, a tattoo needle is as thick as a dime that moves up and down really quickly that punctures your skin over and over and over again in order to wedge the ink in there And all this being done mere millimeters from your brain stem Hello And this is an ankh tattoo people While the circle didn t hurt at all, the butterfly body was some of the most god awful pain I ve ever felt in my life I ll be going back to get my fifth sometime in early spring And this is on my left hip bleeding onto the top of my leg The circled ankh is 8 years old and the body is 5 I heart tattoos


  6. Jennifer Wardrip Jennifer Wardrip says:

    Reviewed by Samantha Clanton aka Harlequin Twilight for TeensReadToo.comIn SECRET SOCIETY, we follow the lives of four students from Chadwick Prep, one of the most elite prep schools in New York City Phoebe is the eccentric new girl in town, Nick is the up and coming member of one of the wealthiest families in New York, Lauren is the budding socialite, and Patch is an amateur filmmaker There is something else about these students that make them special three of them have gained the interes Reviewed by Samantha Clanton aka Harlequin Twilight for TeensReadToo.comIn SECRET SOCIETY, we follow the lives of four students from Chadwick Prep, one of the most elite prep schools in New York City Phoebe is the eccentric new girl in town, Nick is the up and coming member of one of the wealthiest families in New York, Lauren is the budding socialite, and Patch is an amateur filmmaker There is something else about these students that make them special three of them have gained the interest of The Society.The Society is a secret group of people whose mission is to preserve a way of life I, for one, have always had a major interest in secret societies and so I was already excited about this book, and Tom Dolby has definitely done his research with this The imagery is so vivid that I actually found myself waking up from dreams about this book and about these characters, which is a major thing for me since most books don t get in my head like that Some people are probably thinking Oh no, not something else about a secret society, but this is majorly different Think Gossip Girl the show meets The Skulls Paul Walker Joshua Jackson movie from 2000.After receiving text messages that tell them to go to a gritty downtown warehouse, the three students begin the initiation into The Society This initiation concludes with each of them receiving an ankh shaped tattoo on the nape of their necks Once they are entered into The Society, they start gaining everything they were promised fame, fortune, friends in high places, parties, private town cars that deliver them to and from events But what s the price they must pay in order to have these rewards Things start changing when the body of a young male is found in Central Park with no distinguishing marks, aside from the ankh tattoo on this neck Then they start to wonder is all of this worth the risk But questioning The Society in that way can be very dangerous to not only their careers, but also to their lives and the lives of the people they care about.I loved this book I mean totally loved it Some of the characters are a bit clich d, but I think in order to really relate to them at all, they needed to be I also love the whole secret society thing I find it so interesting and I have read all kinds of stuff about them, fiction and nonfiction alike There are so many legends and depictions of these societies and I can t help but to be fascinated.SECRET SOCIETY is a book I will read again There are so many twists and turns that I didn t see coming and I can t wait to see how they pan out in the next book in the series Definitely a must read


  7. Lindsey Lindsey says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here This book follows 4 high school students affected by a secret society in New York This society was thought to be a myth, but you learn throughout the book that it is a very powerful organization that has been in place for decades Three of the main characters Nick, Phoebe and Lauren are tapped into this society, while the other, Patch, is doing what he can to get information on it As soon as the members are tapped, great things start happening for them They find success in whatever they are This book follows 4 high school students affected by a secret society in New York This society was thought to be a myth, but you learn throughout the book that it is a very powerful organization that has been in place for decades Three of the main characters Nick, Phoebe and Lauren are tapped into this society, while the other, Patch, is doing what he can to get information on it As soon as the members are tapped, great things start happening for them They find success in whatever they are interested in and are constantly invited to parties with the society members It seems like it s all just a lot of fun, but Phoebe feels as if there s something she s missing Meanwhile, Nick and Patch s friendship is starting to fall apart, thanks to the rules of the society, and the fact that Patch slipped in to videotape the initiation Things start to get weird when a society member dies Lauren, Nick and Phoebe think there may begoing on in the society than they know about These characters really start to get suspicious when a member of their own class disappears during a society party and cannot be found All four characters find their way to the holiday retreat although Patch has to sneak in , in order to try and getdetails about what s going on When Patch is found sneaking around, he gets knocked out and put in a sarcophagus Nick and Phoebe are frantic trying to find him and figure out what s happening and wind up learning the truth from Nick s father, the head of the organization They learn that the society Elders engineer some of these accidents as a way to tie the initiation classes together called the power of fourteen Now 2 members of the society are dead and these kids are bound together by this secret The idea behind this book seems interesting, but I did not enjoy this book The first 100 pages follows the characters through a bunch of parties and social events with not a whole lot going on The author tries to describe the fun of the society and its perks so much, that you fail to really learn enough about the characters to get attached to them and you don t truly understand their motivations for what they do including relationships It just doesn t feel like you re connected enough to the characters or the story to really get interested


  8. The_Book_Queen The_Book_Queen says:

    Everyone knows that society splits itself into two groups the In Group and everyone else But what if the In group went deeper than just old money and good looks Prepare to be initiated into a society in New York that s only been whispered about for hundreds of years What should have been yet another YA novel about the upper crest teens in a big city turned out to be much, muchThough Dolby only skimmed the surface in this book, he left us with enough tiny hints and interesting t Everyone knows that society splits itself into two groups the In Group and everyone else But what if the In group went deeper than just old money and good looks Prepare to be initiated into a society in New York that s only been whispered about for hundreds of years What should have been yet another YA novel about the upper crest teens in a big city turned out to be much, muchThough Dolby only skimmed the surface in this book, he left us with enough tiny hints and interesting turns that suggest that beneath the Society s superficial surface lies something muchsinister and complex If I have one complaint about the writing, it was the fact that Dolby switched from one character s POV to another without a break in paragraphs, cue, or other kind of heads up for the reader And the POV s could change as many as three or four times in only a few chapters Now, I don t mind reading a story fromthan one person s POV, but I don t like getting lost in every chapter as the author switches without telling us so By doing this, he also short changed the characters as well I didn t connect to any of them as much as I would have liked, and they weren t as deep or developed as they should be Where was the main character for this book I wanted to say it was Phoebe, but even her character wasn t as complicated as she should have been This could have been easily fixed, I think, if the author had only changed the layout of writing, sticking with one or two characters POV, and set aside a certain chapter for each one This would have allowed not only the character development, but kept the story from seeming choppy Despite this one flaw, I did thoroughly enjoy Secret Society the mystery of what exactly the Society is, what they re hiding, grabbed my attention and held it until the very end I d love to readfrom this author, and I hope that he s got plans for a sequel or two, since this one left us on such a cliff hanger4 STARS Overall, a great read for anyone A refreshing take on an all too true cliche that money and status equals power and how some people will do anything to keep their secrets Don t miss out on this one prepare to be initiated this September when Secret Society hits store shelves


  9. Anna Anna says:

    From my blog, The Writer Diaries.Tom Dolby makes his YA debut with this novel about a dangerous, elite society so secret that once you get in, you can never get out.You re in it For life.I recently became very antiquated with Books A Millions aisle of everything on sale, and picked this up for a meager three buckeroos.Secret Society follows four students from the elite Chadwick Prep Lauren, Phoebe, Nick, and Patch Phoebe, Lauren, and Nick are all invited to join the Society, a secret society From my blog, The Writer Diaries.Tom Dolby makes his YA debut with this novel about a dangerous, elite society so secret that once you get in, you can never get out.You re in it For life.I recently became very antiquated with Books A Millions aisle of everything on sale, and picked this up for a meager three buckeroos.Secret Society follows four students from the elite Chadwick Prep Lauren, Phoebe, Nick, and Patch Phoebe, Lauren, and Nick are all invited to join the Society, a secret society in New York City that picks the worthiest teens in the city for a chance of opening doors and guaranteeing their success in life At first the Society seems like some prestigious honor, but as the three delve into the underground of the society, things become remarkably sinister.If you are a member, any one of your dreams will come true That is, as long as you live by their rules.But the thing is, there s not enough info to make me want to read on to the next in the series The story begins with a body, then rewinds back to Nick s party and the group each receiving a text to come alone to a disclosed location.As I combed this light book in the span of a few hours, I kept being brought back to reminders of reading the Blue Bloods series years ago, in which the secret society opens doors to your hearts desire However, while the appeal would generally have me diving in, Dolby doesn t have the same je ne se qua as de la Cruz Character development was minimal Why is Patch so interested in something that could get him killed, even going on when his grandmother was threatened Why is Phoebe this artist just because her mom is etc.I suppose this work was trying to achieve the same fame of Gossip Girl and Blue Bloods with a sinister, New Yaaaawk twist, but fell off Personally, I might ve beenappealed to read the sequel if the two good to be true society was actually thus.I d recommend this if you re into something light with some mild suspense


  10. Rachel Rachel says:

    I m not sure it is possible for acontrived story to exist Nothing about this book felt natural or real A whole ton of things didn t make sense.The premise of the story was actually quite good A secret society that recruits fabulously wealthy High School Juniors and then makes all their dreams come true The teens take their place in the society and they all work together to keep the rich of the world as rich as possible.The narrative switches between four students all of which sound e I m not sure it is possible for acontrived story to exist Nothing about this book felt natural or real A whole ton of things didn t make sense.The premise of the story was actually quite good A secret society that recruits fabulously wealthy High School Juniors and then makes all their dreams come true The teens take their place in the society and they all work together to keep the rich of the world as rich as possible.The narrative switches between four students all of which sound exactly the same and arecaricatures than real people Very little happens in the first 160 pages I nearly stopped there, I wish I had in fact , but we are told all kind of interesting things about them even if they do nothing When things pick up, I started rolling my eyes because it was so unrealistically silly don t these kids ever study How are they hacking it at their ultra competitive private school They never actually do homework I only finished okay I finished by skimming, but I did finish because I wanted to understand the secrets of this society such as why they were killing their members , but once again the answers didn t pass the common sense litmus test.Also, the teens pass most of the book either drunk, working on getting drunk, or just holding a drink for appearances sake often encouraged by parents too Ugh