S.T.A.G.S. by M.A. Bennett
Published by Delacorte Press
Published on: January 30, 2018
Genres: Fiction, Young Adult, Thrillers & Suspense
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About the Book
One deadly weekend.
At St. Aidan the Great School, or STAGS, new things—and new people—are to be avoided. The grandeur of the boarding school and the prestige of the students’ bloodlines seem surreal to Greer MacDonald. A scholarship student who recently transferred to STAGS, Greer is ignored at best and mocked at worst by the school’s most admired circle of friends, the Medievals.
Greer is taken by surprise when the Medievals send her an invitation to an exclusive weekend retreat at the private family estate of their unofficial leader, Henry de Warlencourt. It’s billed as a weekend of “huntin’ shootin’ fishin’.”
As the weekend begins to take shape, it becomes apparent that beyond the luxurious trappings, predators are lurking, and they’re out for blood.
So here’s the thing; S.T.A.G.S by M.A. Bennett is a good book, not a great one. While it is a quick and uncomplicated read, it did hold my interest for the entirety of the story. My issue with it was that is was oh so very predictable. There was absolutely nothing about the plot that I didn’t see coming. Nothing surprised me in the story at all. In fact, as I completed the book all I felt was vindication because I pretty much predicted everything that happened right until the final page.
None of the characters are truly likable, or unlikable for that matter. Not even the so-called ‘medievals’. I, for the life of me cannot understand the overwhelming need of everyone in the story to conform to the status quo. I don’t understand the point of caring about the opinion of someone who means nothing to you. My lack of understanding doesn’t even come from my no longer being a teenager either, because I had this mindset when I was one. So I don’t get why Greer and company would all of a sudden accept invitations to a weekend away with people who have essentially humiliated them and done everything they could to make their lives miserable. I just don’t get it and I don’t think I ever will.
Strangely enough there were some very good philosophical arguments on why the medievals believed what they believe. The arguments were well made and well thought out. It’s such a shame that I think those reasons were simply being used as a justification to be a bunch of a**holes more than anything. It was more of ‘let’s find a justification for our behaviour’ so it seems that we have a legitimate reason for doing what we do. Rather than this is my philosophy, so let’s have it shape my behaviour. Because let’s face it, the whole weekend away has been going on for a long time; much longer than the issues that Henry was so against.
If you are looking for looking for a quick read that will hold your attention, then S.T.A.G.S by M.A. Bennett is one you should give a try. Just keep in mind that your probably not going to have any ‘aha’ moments while reading it.
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