Synopses & Reviews
The vampire sects are at war—and war among vampires is fought not with weapons, but with minds.
My name is Ariella Montero, and I know a secret. Telling it will change everything.
Half-human and half-vampire, Ari confronts the darker sides of vampirism, and herself, as the sects deploy new technologies to battle for influence and power.
But beyond these challenges lie greater risks: Aris relationship with Neil Cameron, the first vampire to run for the U.S. presidency, must be kept under wraps from even those she trusts most. When scandal inevitably erupts, Ari is forced to face the consequences of her actions, learning the hard way that love demands delicate negotiations between memory and desire.
The third in Hubbard’s “Ethical Vampire” series (after The Year of Disappearances) will bewilder new readers. A contradiction is revealed (though not explained) in the preface: half vampire protagonist Ariella Montero was born 15 years ago but this year “turned twenty two.” Ari hopes through an injection of Septimal to age seven years becoming more age appropriate for Neil Cameron a presidential candidate and vampire but as she pursues her plan her life changes in unimaginable ways. The uneasy truce among three vampire factions threatens to break apart with Ari an unwilling participant. Two renditions of a vampire folktale and her Professor of Japanese Culture’s exploration of the concept of wabi sabi (imperfect beauty) engage the reader while most of the paranormal aspects do not. Even fans of Hubbard’s cerebral and ethereal prose may find the book a slow and difficult read. (July) " Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
"The third in Hubbard's 'Ethical Vampire' series (after The Year of Disappearances) will bewilder new readers. A contradiction is revealed (though not explained) in the preface: half-vampire protagonist Ariella Montero was born 15 years ago but this year 'turned twenty-two.' Ari hopes, through an injection of Septimal, to age seven years, becoming more age-appropriate for Neil Cameron, a presidential candidate and vampire, but as she pursues her plan her life changes in unimaginable ways. The uneasy truce among three vampire factions threatens to break apart, with Ari an unwilling participant. Two renditions of a vampire folktale and her Professor of Japanese Culture's exploration of the concept of wabi-sabi (imperfect beauty) engage the reader, while most of the paranormal aspects do not. Even fans of Hubbard's cerebral and ethereal prose may find the book a slow and difficult read." Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
“Artfully handling the conundrum of age versus maturity, Hubbard continues to provide substance as well as thrills in her thought-provoking series.”
“Elusive, complex, poetic, and sophisticated.”
—National Public Radio
“Hubbard creates an eerie atmosphere that permeates the story.”
—The Boston Globe
?“[Hubbard] reawakens the vampire genre with class and inventiveness. With so many vampire novels on the market, it’s tough to stand out. But Susan Hubbard’s The Society of S
does, approaching the whole idea from an entirely new way.”
—Malena Lott, Bookgasm
“A triumph of modern gothic storytelling,?The Society of S
?is the most unusual coming of age story you’ll ever read.”
—Carolyn Parkhust, author of The Dogs of Babel
“Equally literate and adventurous, The Society of S
discloses its delectable secrets slowly. Susan Hubbard has taken a much-beloved trope and created a coming-of-age novel with real bite.”
—Stewart O’Nan, author of Faithful
“Any Stephenie Meyer fan would enjoy The Society of S
. . . . This is one of the really good reads of the year.”
—Charlaine Harris, author of All Together Dead and the Southern Vampire Mysteries
“Bloody good stuff.
This author’s rare talent for world building draws readers into a suspenseful, highly original and multi-leveled fantasy that dissolves improbabilities while probing important moral and societal issues.”
“The Season of Risks
puts its own twist on the familiar tales. . . . entertaining and thought-provoking.”
“Susan Hubbard’s Ethical Vampire series for young adult readers isn’t as famous as Meyer’s and Harris’ books, but that could change with The Season of Risks,
the third in the series and first aimed at adult readers."
--The St. Petersburg Times
"Vivid characters and deft plotting make this an excellent third addition to the Ethical Vampire series."
About the Author
Susan Hubbard is the author of The Society of S
and The Year of Disappearances,
as well as two short story collections, Walking on Ice
and Blue Money,
for which she received the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize. She teaches at the University
of Central Florida
and lives with her husband in Orlando
and Cape Canaveral