Glass Houses by Rachel Caine
Came out: October 3, 2006
Publisher: NAL Jam
Format: Paperback (Bind-Up with Dead Girl's Dance)
Age Group: Young Adult
From the author of the popular Weather Warden series comes the debut of an exciting new series set in Morganville, Texas, where you would be well advised to avoid being out after dark. College freshman Claire Danvers has had enough of her nightmarish dorm situation. When Claire heads off-campus, the imposing old house where she finds a room may not be much better. Her new roommates don't show many signs of life, but they'll have Claire's back when the town's deepest secrets come crawling out, hungry for fresh blood.
The voice of this book was great. The first thing I noticed was how wonderfully it was narrated. It was straightforward and terrifying, in a good way.I really liked how Rachel Caine made Claire. The only other book that I can think of where it focuses on the hardships of being in advanced placement is probably Model Spy. This had a dark background of a small town in Texas that made the perfect backdrop of an eerie town where nothing is as it seems.I liked how it first focused on hazing, because Claire corrected the "queen bee". First, it's harmless. When Claire gets hurt, she has finally had enough. So she goes to the Glass House. Eve was my favorite character. She was quirky and reminded me of a mix of Arriane from Fallen and "Draculaura" from Monster High. I loved her girly-goth personality.Michael, Shane, and Eve all had twisted backstories that made me sympathetic for them and curious to find out more. I loved how that added depth to the story. And the best part of this story? The unrelenting action pulsing through this story. From the acid "accident" in the lab to the unspoken rules on the streets, there was never a break in the action.And that brings up another point: the politics in the book. Morganville has an underground government behind the official one: ruled by vampires. Amelie was like a queen and the humans were slaves. It reminded me of the situation in Nightshade, where the werewolves ruled while the humans were little more than pawns.Terrifying and wonderful, everybody will love Glass Houses.Recommended for anybody who loves: Nightshade; House of Night; Monster High; Fallen; vampires; Vampire Academy; Beautiful Creatures; small towns; The Vampire Diaries; etc,.Possible book club questions:The students don't know what is going on. How was Claire different even before she went to the Glass House?Do you think that Michael's condition will affect relations in the house?Why do you think Amelie is so interested in Claire?How do you think Eve never noticed Oliver's other side?Do you think the story of Alyssa will come up and be explored in later books?What would you have done if you were Claire's parents?Why do you think Rachel Caine chose to build her story around hazing?