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Room by Emma Donoghue
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Jul 28, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: literary-novels-and-plays

This is honestly one of the SCARIEST novels I have ever read! It was so disturbing. Even though the narrator is an innocent five year old boy, you can tell beneath all the fun that something very wrong and horrifying is happening...

On the other hand, Jack's voice is really good! Really sounds like a five year old---with accelerated development in literacy. I love how questions keep popping out of his head all the time! His constant barrage of questions does often get very annoying, but I can't blame him for being curious. It's kind of funny that Jack likes to ask a lot of irrelevant questions when someone is trying to tell him something important---but at the same time, it's not funny because of what is about to be told.

I'm grateful that it was written in Jack's POV too, so we don't feel the horror directly, or else it would have been too scary and painful for me to read.

It's an example of how you can use simple vocabulary, zero description, and barely any emotion words, yet make a story emotional, touching, and frightening.

Honestly I don't think I've read anything more nightmarish than this before. Even Lord of the Flies was nothing compared to this, in a sense. Even Stephen King's horror stories are child's play compared to this...

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