Author: Ransom Riggs
Publisher: Quirk Books
Publication Date: August 2013
The story of Jacob, a moody teenager who discovers, over the course of a series of increasingly dangerous adventures, that his grandfather’s stories of monsters and children with strange powers are actually true. As it flips back and forth between past and present, and as Jacob learns old truths about his grandfather and new truths about himself, the narrative pays thematic attention to the question of what constitutes individual identity, and also explores the differences between appearance and reality.
I had heard mixed things about this story so didn’t know what to expect when I bought it. Straight away I was in love with the concept of the book, the added visuals in the photo inclusions. It really added to the depth of the story for me.
Emma was my favourite character by far, there was something about her I could relate to. The heart ache she felt made her normal and more human. Jacob plays the moody teen well and it’s certainly interesting how the story develops.
I am looking forward to reading Hallow City, the follow on from this novel. I want to know what happens. This book was over before it felt like I’d even started as it flowed so naturally.
I am intrigued by what the film version will hold and whether it will compare to the greatness of the book.
Definitely one I’d recommend if you like something a little bit out there 🙂
Thanks for reading.
The Stationery Geekette x