The Society of S

  • by Susan Hubbard
  • Narrated by Joyce Bean
  • 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 in which ghosts and vampires commune with humans, where Edgar Allan Poe and Jack Kerouac are role models, and 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 home-schooled, 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.


What the Critics Say

"Identity issues involving a child of mixed heritage get a supernatural spin in this affecting coming-of-age tale." (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Wonderful premise, horrible story, bad end

The concept for the story is great. But about half-way through the author totally stopped written the story and then just began throwing characters around with no rational thought.

I'm not going to put in any spoilers here but:

Murders happen for no good reason. We are led to believe one person might have killed someone, but never told important information that anyone could have found just by reading a newspaper article.

It takes the protagonist no effort at all to find the person she's looking for. But there's also no reason why that person couldn't have found the protagonist. And should have!

People turn out to be vampires who never should have been!

People want to be vampires when they shouldn't!

The very end of the book shows no careful construction. It is as if the author decided that she had enough time with the book and then just wanted it over.

Or perhaps the publisher decided to keep everyone at a status quo so they could turn up in the next book.

Meanwhile the narrator is good, but her Southern accents are so thick that the book began to sound like an episode of the old "Amos and Andy" radio show.

The book started out so well that I was actually angy when it ended so poorly.

"This is the way the book will end...not with a bang, but a whimper."
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- M. S. Cohen

Absoulute audible treat!!!

I loved this story! I finished it in less than a week!! I am a little dissappointed to find there are no other titles from this author on audible, her eloquence was amazing! I am a HUGE fan of Anne Rice, Susan Hubbard has gone above and beyond my expectations in comparison to my favorite author of the great vampire novels!! Great Story!
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- Aubrey

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-09-2007
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio