A Year of Disappearances Author Susan Hubbard In the sequel to her acclaimed debut novel, The Society of S, Susan Hubbard continues the adventures of young AriellaMontero, who discovers that a leading contender for president of the United States just happens to be a vampire.
Gems: This is a story of origins. It is a story of values, environmental concerns, beliefs, politics, pharmaceuticals, and fitting in to a society. It addresses important issues about what it’s like to be marginalized. Although some themes are heavier than others, it is inspiring to read a vampire story with concrete weight. I read this book over a rainy Sunday afternoon and finished it in the wee hours of the night. I simply didn’t want to put it down. It was an easy read, but with issues that made me ponder. After considering what made this vampire story better than others, I decided it was because of the humanization of the vampires. Normally, I would think this to be a flaw, but in this story, it worked to capture my interest and also, my sympathies.
Flaws: I recommend first reading The Society of S before tackling this book. Otherwise, many will feel lost, disconnected and wonder exactly what they missed in the early pages of this book. Fortunately, I did not get too frustrated and keep reading because it was well worth it. However, I did feel lost in the beginning and expended a great deal of brain power trying to put pieces together and keep characters straight. A lot of names are dropped in the early pages with the understanding that the reader already knows who these people are, circumstances and past events that surround the characters.
Bitsy’s Rating: 5 Star