Synopsis (from Goodreads) –
Nine students. Three bloodsports. One deadly weekend.
A twisting thriller for fans of Looking for Alaska and The Hunger Games
It is the autumn term and Greer MacDonald is struggling to settle into the sixth form at the exclusive St. Aidan the Great boarding school, known to its privileged pupils as S.T.A.G.S. Just when she despairs of making friends Greer receives a mysterious invitation with three words embossed upon on it: huntin’ shootin’ fishin’. When Greer learns that the invitation is to spend the half term weekend at the country manor of Henry de Warlencourt, the most popular and wealthy boy at S.T.A.G.S., she is as surprised as she is flattered.
But when Greer joins the other chosen few at the ancient and sprawling Longcross Hall, she realises that Henry’s parents are not at home; the only adults present are a cohort of eerily compliant servants. The students are at the mercy of their capricious host, and, over the next three days, as the three bloodsports – hunting, shooting and fishing – become increasingly dark and twisted, Greer comes to the horrifying realisation that those being hunted are not wild game, but the very misfits Henry has brought with him from school…
Why I can’t wait:
- The Hunger Games is quoted as a precursor – I expect exploration of social inequality, a theme which has been popular in recent YA.
- The hunted will fight back. How? Will they play the game? Subvert it? Introduce rules of their own? I want also to know why, or more specifically ‘at what point’? What provokes the ‘misfits’ into fighting back?
- Take a theme and ramp it up. Them’s the rules. Misfits? Popularity structures? Imagine if the misfits were hunted … I love exploration of theme through OTT circumstances.
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