Galaxy “Alex” Stern is the most unlikely member of Yale’s freshman class. Raised in the Los Angeles hinterlands by a hippie mom, Alex dropped out of school early and into a world of shady drug dealer boyfriends, dead-end jobs, and much, much worse. By age twenty, in fact, she is the sole survivor of a horrific, unsolved multiple homicide. Some might say she’s thrown her life away. But at her hospital bed, Alex is offered a second chance: to attend one of the world’s most elite universities on a full ride. What’s the catch, and why her?
Still searching for answers to this herself, Alex arrives in New Haven tasked by her mysterious benefactors with monitoring the activities of Yale’s secret societies. These eight windowless “tombs” are well-known to be haunts of the future rich and powerful, from high-ranking politicos to Wall Street and Hollywood’s biggest players. But their occult activities are revealed to be more sinister and more extraordinary than any paranoid imagination might conceive.
This was my Book of the Month pick last year, and because of the genre and size I put it off. When a buddy read came up on Instagram I joined, and now I wish I would have waited until 2021 to read this because that’s when book #2 comes out!
I was so confused at first because this is not a genre I dabble in at all. I’m more of a thriller/rom com/historical fiction type. Let me tell you that after reading this book I am a changed woman! I knew this review was going to be a challenge to write because there was so much going on in this book, and because I was confused.
This book takes place on the Yale College and the eight secret societies on campus are a big part of the story. One of the ladies in my buddy group went to campus and took photos to show us what the society houses look like, and they are so cool! They are more tomb-like than houses just like the book says.
I loved Galaxy/Alex’s character. She can see “grays” otherwise known as dead people, and has been able to see them since she was little. It’s both a blessing and a curse. A blessing because when a local girls body, Tara, end up on campus, Alex communicates with one of the grays to find her and help solve her murder. A curse because some of the grays can touch her. Some go so far as to occupy her body.
I also really liked Darlington who was training Alex to be the next him. While they are investigating Tara’s murder, Darlington gets grabbed by something monstrous and vanishes.
There is a lot that is revealed at the end of this book about some of the main characters, so I won’t spoil it for you. If you’re like me, and tend to shy away from books like this, just give it a try. I’m now more open to their genres after reading this.
Book Rating: 5/5
For the grand finale this would pair nicely with Apothic Red Winemaker’s Blend 2017.