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Ninth House (Alex Stern, #1) (edició 2019)

de Leigh Bardugo

Sèrie: Alex Stern (1)

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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, 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, Alex arrives in New Haven tasked by her mysterious benefactors with monitoring the activities of Yale's secret societies, well-known to be haunts of the future rich and powerful. But their occult activities are revealed to be more sinister and more extraordinary than she ever imagined . . .… (més)
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Títol:Ninth House (Alex Stern, #1)
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Alex Stern has always been able to see ghosts (Quiet Ones, or Grays), and she knows they aren't always harmless; as a young teen, she found that drugs kept them at bay. A Southern California runaway and the only surviving victim of a gruesome multiple homicide, Alex miraculously winds up at Yale, thanks to Dean Sandow, who is connected to Lethe, a secret organization that is supposed to oversee Yale's other secret societies - the Eight Houses.

Alex is the "Dante" to senior Darlington's "Virgil"; he guides her and teaches her about Lethe, but by winter of her freshman year, Darlington is missing, and a townie girl, Tara, has been murdered, and it's up to Alex to figure out why, and who she can trust - Dean Sandow? Professor Belbaum? Pamela Dawes, the Lethe "Oculus"? Detective Turner? - until they can get Darlington back - if they can get him back.

Full of magic and ritual, dark secrets and death, as well as "ordinary" stories of Yale students and townies, Ninth House is unputdownable.

[Sequel TK - Alex Stern, Pamela Dawes, and Michelle Alameddine (Virgil to Darlington's Dante) plan to venture to hell to bring Darlington back]

See also: The Swallows by Lisa Lutz, Friends and Strangers by J. Courtney Sullivan, Plain Bad Heroines by emily m. danforth, Bone Clocks by David Mitchell

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...inventions, including the Revolution Clock, which showed an accurate-to-the-minute countdown to armed revolt in countries around the globe. It had twenty-two faces and seventy-six hands and had to be wound regularly or it would simply begin screaming. (62)

This was why he had done in, not because of guilt or pride but because this was the moment he'd been waiting for: the chance to show someone else wonder, to watch them realize that they had not been lied to, that the world they'd been promised as children was not something that had to be abandoned, that there really was something lurking in the wood, beneath the stairs, between the stars, that everything was full of mystery. (70)

Maybe all rich people asked the wrong questions. (84)

"Mirror magic is all about reflection and perception. A lie isn't a lie until someone believes it. It doesn't matter how charming you are if there's no one to charm." (170)

He needed her and she needed him. That was how most disasters began. (216)

...there was a big difference between things being fair and things being set right. (251)

But if this was the real world, the normal world, did she really want in? Nothing ever changed. The bad guys never suffered....They took what they wanted. The world might forgive them or ignore them or embrace them, but it never punished them. So what was the point...when the game was rigged from moment one? (421) ( )
  JennyArch | Jan 16, 2022 |
Having read almost everything Leigh Bardugo wrote, I wanted to start 2022 reading her adult debut with her fantasy Ninth House. Not knowing what to expect other than magic and Ms. Bardugo’s excellent writing style, I discovered a unique story of loss and mystery. It took me a bit to get into Alex’s story, but I could not put it down once I did.

With its focus on the ultra-secret societies at Yale, all I could think of is the movie The Skulls. It was the first time I had ever heard of the Skulls and Bones, and I certainly did not know that there were other secret societies. Knowing the privilege members of these societies already face, let alone the perks and future benefits they obtain by their membership, the whole thing made me a little sick. And that was before I learned about the magic they practice in Ms. Bardugo’s world.

Alex has had a horrible life and is just looking to find a fresh start. She thinks she obtains this by being one of those chosen to monitor the eight secret societies at Yale. Except a girl from the streets has a lot to learn about Yale, living the sober life, and the magic that surrounds her. The thing is, no matter what she faces or what happened in her past, you can’t help but love Alex a little. She is a survivor with the guts to face harsh truths and the determination to seek wrongs righted. Every beating she takes and every odd she overcomes only makes you love her a little bit more.

Ninth House is a story about the privileged and the misfits. In this world, the misfits oversee the privileged, which leads to a natural power struggle. At no point in time, though, do you ever find the privileged sympathetic or likable. After all, they are the one-percenters. The misfits, however, are endearing in their quirks and awkwardness. I particularly adore Dawes, who is a lot more formidable than you initially expected.

What surprises me the most about Ninth House is that if you took away the magic, which is as macabre as it is impressive, the story would still be good. At its core, it is a murder mystery, and Alex is a junior detective who reluctantly takes the case. There are also elements of it being Alex’s coming of age story as she learns to accept who she is and the experiences that molded her. With the academic backdrop, Ninth House has the right blend of secrecy and ego, topped with the hedonism that comes with any college lifestyle. The magic Ms. Bardugo adds is simply icing on the cake. ( )
  jmchshannon | Jan 6, 2022 |
Dark and twisted but deeply engrossing. ( )
  nrfaris | Dec 23, 2021 |
oof. alex stern is such a great character. this could absolutely be a great stand alone, but i can also see it becoming a series. lots of great elements about girlhood and how the world sees girls and disposes of them and classism baked into a really cool world/magic/lore. ( )
  banrions | Dec 7, 2021 |
Als Fan von Urban Fantasy sollte dieses Buch eigentlich genau mein Beuteschema sein, allerdings habe ich mich mit dem ersten Drittel sehr schwer getan und hätte es beinahe abgebrochen. Ich hatte Probleme mit dem Erzählstil, in dem zahlreiche Informationen erst nachträglich scheibchenweise nachgereicht wurden.

Etwa nach einem Drittel hat die Handlung mich doch noch gepackt, allerdings blieben die Figuren für mich eher blass. Ob ich den nächsten Teil lesen werde, weiß ich noch nicht. ( )
  Ellemir | Nov 9, 2021 |
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Ninth House, by Leigh Bardugo, is a good read for fans of the academia, secrets, and murder in The Secret History, Although where The Secret History skirts into horror to discuss morality of murder and the classical mysteries, Ninth House is more about the privilege powering secret societies. And, instead of just hinting at dark, ancient rituals offstage, Ninth House goes right in.
 

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Leigh Bardugoautor primaritotes les edicionscalculat
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Fortgang, LaurenNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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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, 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, Alex arrives in New Haven tasked by her mysterious benefactors with monitoring the activities of Yale's secret societies, well-known to be haunts of the future rich and powerful. But their occult activities are revealed to be more sinister and more extraordinary than she ever imagined . . .

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