I really enjoyed this short story about a 13-year old boy surviving the zombie apocalypse on a water tower all on his own. The author did a great jobI really enjoyed this short story about a 13-year old boy surviving the zombie apocalypse on a water tower all on his own. The author did a great job portraying a believable teenage main character with his still child-like feelings (being all alone), gross (commenting on the former school's beauty queen) thoughts, and not always thought-through actions (playing basketball with his dead best friend). Peter was totally convincing in everything he did and said, but at the same time the writing never turned juvenile or cheap.
A great story no matter whether you're into zombies or not....more
Pheew, this was a long, a very long read for me and sometimes I wondered that I actually only read a couple of pages in what felt like ages.
The concepPheew, this was a long, a very long read for me and sometimes I wondered that I actually only read a couple of pages in what felt like ages.
The concept was fascinating enough: a teenage girl suffers from her violent stepfather and hushed stepmother. Add to that the desire to meet her real parents and a newfound home in a neglected house with some weird siblings of the same age. Top that with her ability to see ghosts. Sounds intriguing? That's what I thought as well. However, the story was suffocating with slightly magical happenings, mysterious descriptions and dream-like sequences that it seemed to take forever to finish. At about a third of the book I was severely tempted to call it quits, but in order to write a substantiated review (and hoping that the book may just have had a slow start) I kept reading.
The book 'Alice in Wonderland' was mentioned several times, but other than feeling similar to Alice 'jumping down the hole' on several occasions it did not add anything useful to the story and was not explored any further. Based on these short mentions I could not follow Rubys drastic decision to burn this book because to her it felt 'evil'. The whole half-hearted allusion to that book should have been either omitted completely or turned into a more prominent recurrent theme.
While the writing was beautiful most of the time, it did not compensate for the mostly bored state I found myself in, wishing for something to finally happen. Towards the end there was a little more action and I did like the outcome.
That and the writing style barely saved the book from getting a 1 star rating. I guess there are a lot of readers out there who love to 'get lost' in a story such as this, but I am definitely not one of them....more
A funny and cleverly twisted short story best to be enjoyed in December. When a bunch of kids find a bag with weed in the woods, they think they are iA funny and cleverly twisted short story best to be enjoyed in December. When a bunch of kids find a bag with weed in the woods, they think they are in for an early Christmas treat. However, the next day during detention class some mysterious guy appears, demanding back his bag - little do they know he is not after the weed at all, and he is very angry! (view spoiler)[What starts with a completely unusual snowfall in October, ends with a run and fight for their lives, hunted by this strange man and his little helpers armed with red and white striped sticks... (hide spoiler)] I didn't see that coming!...more