Throughout human history, people have banded together to pass on traditions, climb the social ladder, and often just have a good time. And sometimes, keeping other people out is part of the fun. (Every hot club needs a velvet rope, after all.) But some of these groups have proved so exclusive and secretive that we on the outside can’t resist some speculation. Wouldn’t you like to know what they’re really up to? No need for secret handshakes or passwords—Members Only is your all-access guide to the secret societies, clandestine cults, and exclusive associations that you’ve always wondered about.
Profiling over fifty groups, from the centuries-old Freemasons to the snooty Skull and Bones Society to a club just for magicians, this book reveals the secrets of these mysterious organizations—and even tells you how to join up. Get ready to go underground and explore secret worlds that are sometimes shocking, sometimes frightening, and always fascinating.
(Members Only: Secret Societies, Sects, and Cults – Exposed! / by Julie Tibbott/ Published by Zest Books and distributed by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt / ISBN-13: 978-1-936976-52-2 / $14.99 Paperback; 220 pages, Ages 12+)
I've always been super intrigued by the whole secret society thing. This novel gave me an inner look at some of the more elite clubs and society. The author definitely had their the investigator shoes on while researching for this book. I mean seriously, kudos. I'm sure many people have heard of the Skull and Bones club, or the Free-masons. However, there are soooo many more clubs and secret societys out there that have yet to be discovered by investigators. I for one was flaborghasted by some of the societies in this novel.
I'm quite in awe of the authors talent driven research. The rare photographs that are included in the novel make everything that much more real. Not only did I not realize how many of these societies were tied into other things, but I also found out more about conspiracy theroies and politics. Now to be honest, I'm not the biggest fan of Politics. However this novel is a definite must read for anyone who is curious as to what really goes on behind closed doors.
This novel definitely brings some shock factors to as some of the initiation rituals to some of these clubs. I mean seriously!? I understand how wanting to be one of the "elite" must feel, but is it really worth the price you have to pay (metaphorically and physically speaking)? There are so many examples to which I could give you from this book, including the Disney Club 33, however I don't want to spoil the book for you. I actually got my husband to read parts of the book, and he hates reading! That's how enthralled with the novel he was. He may have skipped a few different societies and focused on the ones that interested him, but it doesn't matter. Once you find out about one, you totally want to read more about another.
Members Only is thought provoking and eye opening. I most definitely recommend this to any reader, especially those who tend to have conspiracy theories. :)
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Julie Tibbott is an editor of teen fiction at a major publishing house. She lives on New York City's Lower East Side, once home to many organized crime syndicates, street gangs, and underground anarchists. She's not a member of any secret societies. . .or is she?