The Society of S (Ethical Vampires #1) by Susan Hubbard Reviewed by Ana Lucía Arroyave

Pages: 304
Published: May 1st 2007
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Genre: YA Fantasy, Paranormal

Description:"If you ever want to hide from the world, live in a small city, where everyone seems anonymous."
That's the advice of twelve-year-old Ariella Montero, who lives with her father in Saratoga Springs, New York, in a house haunted more by secrets than by memories. The Society of S traces her journey south, to Asheville and Savannah, and on to Florida, as she learns that everything she knows about her family is a lie.
When she finds her mother, she learns the truth: Ariella is a fledgling member of the Society of S. S stands for Sanguinists: a sect of environmentalists concerned with ethics and human rights -- although they happen to be vampires. S also stands for synesthete: a person able to see words and letters in colors. The letter S is lucky for Sara, Ariella's mother, who gravitates to cities such as Savannah and Sarasota. But will it be lucky for Ariella? Susan Hubbard's novel is an intricate literary mystery that raises provocative questions about the way we live now. Ariella's voice will lure you into a world where you'll meet the others among us: vampires who cope with their special nature and need for blood in a variety of ways, ranging from the savage to the mundane to the scientific.

Ariella has been raised by her father, living a sheltered life; she has no friends and knows nothing about the life outside her house.
Her father never spoke of her mother and she doesn't even know what happened to her.
The story unfolded a little slow along the book, but it pick up when Ariella's father finally tell her the story about her mother from the begining of their lives together.  But every story has two different points of view, so after she heard everything
that his father had to tell, she decides to look for her mother Sara. She journeys throughout the south looking for answers.
One of the things I liked about this book is that adds science looking for an alternative survival to vampires, these are not typical vampires and they care for something beyond their apetite and own benefits (at least some of them).

This is a misterious book that combines ethics, lies and poetry and create and effect of great elegance and precision to details. The Society of S
rise into something more substantial with the characters they present and the themes they address. 
Rate: 3.5 Stars

Ana Lucía Arroyave
January 14th 2011. 

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