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It Devours!

(Welcome to Night Vale #2)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  8,970 ratings  ·  1,212 reviews
From the authors of the New York Times bestselling novel Welcome to Night Vale and the creators of the #1 international podcast of the same name, comes a mystery exploring the intersections of faith and science, the growing relationship between two young people who want desperately to trust each other, and the terrifying, toothy power of the Smiling God.

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Paperback, 347 pages
Published October 17th 2017 by Harper Collins
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Cheyenne It will spoil minor things such as the development of relationships in the podcast but you could definitely follow it fine without being caught up.
Leanne It was announced in the intro to the "After 3327" episode of the podcast. …moreIt was announced in the intro to the "After 3327" episode of the podcast. (less)

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Oct 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
It Devours!? Oh yeah, I've read that book. ...more
Feb 25, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humorous-sci-fi
"But who would want to cover up the truth?" asked Nilanjana. "Besides the Secret Police, the City Council, the mayor, any number of world governments, and the invading forces from other worlds?"

Wow - I was sure I'd love this one, but, alas . . . nothing here really grabbed me. (Since this is Night Vale we're talking about, that's probably a good thing.) This episode revolves heavily around Carlos, not one of my favorite characters despite his perfect hair, and some new people who were not terr
Mar 30, 2017 marked it as to-read
tell me it'll feature cecil/carlos and have my money ...more
Aug 07, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I vacillated between three and four stars on this one because I really enjoyed it, but it felt like it was trying to say something deep-ish and important-ish about belief and science and, honestly, it just got in the way of the weird. It's not that Night Vale can't get philosophical, it just felt too...obvious in this case. ...more
Beth The Vampire
Nov 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
It Devours!? Oh yeah, I’ve read that book.

This is apparently something I can say now.

Night Vale is a compelling and strange place, filled with odd people, secret service agents, shapeshifting teenagers, invisible farms, and the Glow Cloud. I loved the first novel Welcome To Night Vale and I loved this one just as much, although not quite. This world is absurd, at times disturbing, and always laugh out loud funny.

Much of this story is hard to believe, even for the people who experienced it. Afte
Erin (PT)
Nov 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have mixed feelings about It Devours!. It's a definite improvement on the first novel. It's tighter, less repetitious, has a tighter story line and relies much less on familiarity with the podcast. It was much more enjoyable and engaging. Welcome to Night Vale the novel was a bit of a slog, whereas It Devours! kept me coming back eagerly.

My main complaint--and it sits a little strangely beside my previous praise of being disconnected from the podcast--is that the story retcons (retroactively
Lauren Stoolfire
Much tighter and better put together than book one, but I missed the "Voice of Night Vale" segments with Cecil. ...more
Oct 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, horror, reviewed, 2010s
Fun note: the first book I reviewed here on Goodreads was the first Welcome to Night Vale novel. While it is not an anniversary per se, in a sense it is. After all, time is weird in Night Vale.

It Devours!? Oh yeah, I’ve read that book.

This is a book about science and religion. Note, I did not say science vs. religion. Fink and Cranor seem to be going to great lengths to avoid that can of worms. This is a… kind book on the topic. While it discusses the viewpoints of both sides, it seems to be s
[Name Redacted]
On the one hand, this book does continue the tradition (begun in the previous book) of being profoundly anti-heterosexual and deeply anti-male. Once more, all heterosexual relationships are presented as stupid, silly, awkward -- hetero love scenes are just kind of...elided over...while homosexual intimacy is described in loving detail & sincerity. You can tell where the authors' hearts are, but it makes for a sort of lopsidedness which Tumblr would send death threats over were it reversed so tha ...more
This was a pleasant surprise - the first book released had quite a different tone to the podcast, whereas It Devours! felt much more familiar.

It can't have hurt that this time around we're focusing on a character, Nilanjana, who's a scientist that works with the perfect Carlos. He brings with him a familiar cast, and the settings are mostly ones we've heard of before as well. It all combined to leave me feeling much more like this was a Nightvale I knew (as much as you can really know a town wh
Rachel (Kalanadi)
Nov 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I liked the plot of this one more than the first WtNV novel (much more focused!) and the characters were good. I couldn't shake my feeling that the more philosophical point was heavy-handed here though. Religious belief vs scientific inquiry is a very difficult argument to tackle, and WtNV is weird, surreal, and too *silly* in some ways to mesh with that well. I think perhaps this works better in the bitesize podcast stories with Cecil intoning the pithy deep but weird quotes, whereas in a longe ...more
**✿❀ Maki ❀✿**
Ouch. My heart.

It Devours was somehow even more amazing than the first Night Vale book.

March 15, 2017:

We have a title and release date! AND a description!

January 17, 2017:

Shawn Deal
May 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another absolutely wonderful novel about the strangest of all desert towns, Night Vale. The second original novel of the Night Vale series, this is just as fun, looney, mysterious as the first. You will devour it.
Sep 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
I laughed, I cried, I was devoured by a smiling god.
So this book was a bit of a whirlwind. I will say that I wanted to keep reading this, even through the million tangents (because oh my god there were so many tangents.) I get that this entire town is quirky and I liked most of the little anecdotes, but it distracted from the main story so much that I sometimes forgot where we were with them. I really loved the humor and the atmosphere of it all. I liked the discussion on religion and science, and how people could have respectable discussions and ...more
Otchen Makai
This story is more along the typical standards for story lines, compared to the first one.
Which, for me, puts it on a different level from the first one.
More of an organized storyline, meaning; very orderly and controlled chaos, compared to the first - which was a lot of random chaos as well as a chaotic story line.
Hard to explain unless you’ve read both.
Missed the random craziness the first one had, but this was still a great read.
All in all a great book, and hit five stars, but didn’t make i
Dec 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Maybe it’s because I’m drunk, but the end of this book make me cry.

Oh yeah, I’ve read this book.

Welcome To Night Vale is so important to me and a huge part of my heart is taken up by it.

If i wasn’t at work I’d probably cry again
The ending of this book is one of my favorites and the most real. Who would have thought wtnv would give the best life and relationship advice?
It Devours!? Oh yeah, I’ve read that book.

[edit] After a good night's sleep and some pondering:

So this is the 2nd Welcome to Night Vale novel (not including the scripts) and the first book didn't live up to my expectations. And now that I've finished book two, I'm just not sure which one is the worst offender. Is this going to be another WtNV novel that we (the WtNV fandom) are all collectively going to never mention again?

Just like the first book, It Devours! wasn't bad necessarily. And it was
•°• gabs •°•
words cannot express how much welcome to night vale means to me. i wish they could so that people would understand and maybe (if they haven't already) fall deeply in love with this incredible world.

it has taken me four months to finish this book and it's not because i didn't like, but the total opposite. i loved it so much that i did not want to ever finish it. i cried and laughed and i was in complete awe so many times, it is spectacular and emotional and it gives you so much to think about.

I would highly recommend LISTENING to the Night Vale books if you're at all interested. Listening to them ties them in perfectly with the podcasts, and surrounds you with the vast desert wasteland, circled by mountains that do/do not exist (depending on your beliefs), in a way that reading it just wouldn't do.

To get a few quick things out of the way:

"INTERLOPER!" & "It Devours!? Yeah, I've read that book."

I'm farther along in the podcasts now than when I read the first book, which is to say tha
Mar 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: c-dl, g-horror, a-adult
So back when the first WTNV came out I read it and it took me like a month to get through and I absolutely HATED it. I rated it one star! Looking back I think I should probably give it another try because I may have been ...a bit unfair. In my defense I don't like change and it was definitely a big change from the podcast.

I decided to give this one a try because the new book about the Faceless Old Woman sounded interesting and I figured I might as well read the whole series, and I ended up real
Evelina | AvalinahsBooks
It Devours!? Oh yeah, I've read that book.

And I'll tell you, it's a wild ride. I hadn't read / listened to anything of Night Vale before, although maybe I should have. The book wasn't harder to get into because of that, but it is not your typical read! On one hand, it's a crazy mix of stuff that doesn't seem to make much sense, but on the other - it makes perfect sense and you know that's exactly the way it has been intended. (Don't ask me how this works, it's Night Vale. Nobody knows how anythi
Jul 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Now having read both Welcome to Night Vale and now It Devours!, I can definitively say that I enjoyed It Devours! more than its predecessor. The primary issues I found with Welcome to Night Vale (the scattered, unfocused plot) felt more resolved in It Devours! The main theme: science v. religion, thereby fact v. faith, was thoroughly explored and fleshed out among the plot and the characters. I LOVED that this novel fleshed out The Congregation of a Smiling God, which is featured throughout
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I've been a fan of the podcast "Welcome To Night Vale" for years so I was pretty sure what weirdness awaits me in this novel. And I totally loved it! Nilanjana was an interesting main character that gave us a different take on Night Vale than what we usually know from Cecil, with her being both a scientist and a person who didn't grow up in the community. The clash of Nilanjana's scientific attitude and Darryl's religious views was captivating to follow as their relationship grew. We never reall ...more
Loring Wirbel
Jul 13, 2017 rated it liked it
My only previous experience with Welcome to Night Vale was hearing a couple podcasts of a very interesting small town, a desert equivalent of Twin Peaks, where conspiracy theories always came true, where W.E.B. DuBois won World War I for the allies, and where strange maladies like throat spiders are commonplace. The two authors, Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, have a special talent for being equally droll to all sides in a cultural dispute. In this novel pitting devoutness against science, it wo ...more
Sarah Ames-Foley
Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
This review can also be found on my blog.

I’ve had this on my shelf for close to year, and finally got around to reading it! I used to be a huge fan of the Welcome to Night Vale podcast, but stopped listening a couple years ago because I personally found that the content felt a bit repetitive. I also read the first book and didn’t find it really held my interest, but thought it was still worth it to give the second one a shot. I’m glad I did! It was an interesting, compelling read. While not plot
Renny Barcelos
It pains me to say that once again I did not enjoy a novel related to my very favorite podcast. It is so sad that Welcome to Night Vale brings me so much joy in podcast format but both books well, to be honest...bored me completely.

I was thinking a lot about it and I think I know what happens. The expanded stories, in my view, end up feeling a lot like fanfiction and I unfortunately am not a fanfic fan. It seems repetitive because they keep retelling what is canon for the podcast fans all the ti
Helena Aeberli
May 29, 2017 marked it as to-read
it devours? what's it? the smiling god? or me being presented with a copy of this book? ...more
Sep 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
reading this was like coming home. it feels like nostalgia, like falling into the world of night vale was coming back to where i belonged. the podcast had been an immeasurable love of mine a few years past, and it was wonderful and comfortable and familiar in all the best ways. picking up this book reawakened those feelings in a way i never thought i'd feel again.

i'm older now, and i'm not so attached to night vale as i had been. i've stopped listening to it a couple years ago. i can't even beg
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Joseph Fink is the creator of the Welcome to Night Vale and Alice Isn't Dead podcasts, and the author of the New York Times bestselling novels Welcome to Night Vale, It Devours!, and The Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives in Your Home (all written with Jeffrey Cranor) and Alice Isn’t Dead. He is also the author of the children’s novel, The Halloween Moon. He and his wife, Meg Bashwiner have wri ...more

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