Reviewed by Ayla 9H
S.T.A.G.S, written by M. A. Bennett, explores the immense feeling of desperation to belong in a world where you feel you don’t; also, the dangers you can face if you let naivety defeat you. There are also strong themes of clan and privilege as well as discrimination against those who are different.
The protagonist, Greer, is a northern working/middle class girl blessed with a photographic memory. This enables her to win a place at an elite and ancient school that is commonly known as STAGS. She finds it hard to fit in as she is different from the other students. The unofficial leaders of the school, a group called the Medievals, invite Greer and some other outcasts to a weekend away where she will do a spot of huntin’, shootin’ and fishin’. Greer, against advice decides to go despite the Medievals’ history of teasing her. She thinks it is just an innocent occasion but it becomes more sinister very quickly.
In my opinion I found SAGS quite gripping. It twisted and turned to the very last page. In total, I would give it 4/5 stars. Even though it isn’t my usual genre, I thoroughly enjoyed it.