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The Suicide Club Paperback – 4 Mar 2010
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"Rhys Thomas shakes concepts of "normality" to the core. It is a challenge indeed for an author to capture authentic teenage dialogue, and [this is] compelling subject matter." (Independent on Sunday)
"Something of a SECRET HISTORY set among 15 year-olds...A riveting and often moving read...this is the best of its type that I've read in a long while. I'll be very interested to see what Thomas writes next." (John Boyne)
About the Author
Rhys Thomas lives in Wales. He is twenty-nine years old. THE SUICIDE CLUB is his first novel. For more information visit his website: www.thesuicideclub.com
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A group of highly intelligent, articulate 15 year olds at a private school, under the influence of one particularly charismatic boy, set themselves up as superior outsiders, and this leads into the romantically inspired idea of forming a suicide club, to demonstrate their 'too good for this humdrum shallow world' nature
Various parallels to this book spring to mind, from Lindsay Anderson's If....  [DVD], to Donna Tartt's The Secret History, and of course, as another reviewer noted Goethe's The Sorrows of Young Werther (Classics) Teenagers often have a fascination with death - and look how society makes icons of those who die young and violently, whether by suicide or suicidal behaviour.
It might be far fetched to think that a book like this could seduce or influence anyone to take their lives - but Goethe's book had precisely this effect at the time on several over-romanticised youths.
Its probably just as well that this book does not quite 'get timeless' - there are some flaws, such as the oft occurring problem with an item ordered online - that little thread seems to drop the energy and intensity of much of the book so it doesn't quite sustain its otherwise potentially seductive as well as destructive nihilism
Characters are very believably drawn - and Thomas is particularly expert at delivering some right out of left field punches to the gut - real moments of 'I didn't see that coming' horror, but without these being in any way manufactures, gratuitous or shlocky
The story was really good. I really looked forward to reading it once I looked at the back and found out what it was actually about. It was really quite a good idea and I couldn't stop reading it. I also love the book so much that the plot is in my head.
The cover is quite attractive as well most likely why I chose the book or rather why it drew my attention the way it did as like I said I usually would never have touched this book.
Reading the actual book was great to start of with and continues to be so all though the end. The bit about when the boy went of the rails was good. The thing is the book seemed so life like it was great. I feel like I am drawn to the book and can't stop reading it. It wasn't the book I thought it was going to be. All they go on about later in the book is how much they loved life but you realise later they hated life. Cool.
over all I absolutly love this book. Please everyone read it. It's great
It's a well written, intelligent tale of a group of teenagers who draw up a suicide pact, each having their own reasons for signing it. We then get to see the effects on everybody involved, particularly our main protagonist, who is by turns sympathetic and grating.
I guess the obvious comparison would be with Salinger, but I think - as one reviewer already noted - Donnie Darko is probably a more relevant choice.
All in all, well worth reading!