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It Devours!

(Welcome to Night Vale #2)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  4,825 ratings  ·  723 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.

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Oct 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
It Devours!? Oh yeah, I've read that book.
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 terri
rin (lorenzo)
Mar 30, 2017 marked it as to-read
tell me it'll feature cecil/carlos and have my money
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
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.
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
[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 ...more
Rachel (Kalanadi)
Nov 02, 2017 rated it liked it
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
Oct 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, humor, 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 sa
**✿❀  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:

Lauren Stoolfire
Much tighter and better put together than book one, but I missed the "Voice of Night Vale" segments with Cecil.
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.
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
Sep 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
I laughed, I cried, I was devoured by a smiling god.
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
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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.

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.
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
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
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
Geonn Cannon
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
I think it was a stronger effort than the first novel. It was more of its own story, rather than relying on the podcast stories (although there are a LOT of references, both to the podcast and to the first novel). Opted for the audiobook because it just didn't feel right hearing about Night Vale without Cecil Baldwin telling me the story. As it says in the book: "A story never stands on its own, but exists in the context of the storyteller."
Stephanie Hiddleston
Dec 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Hach, was für eine großartige Night Vale Story! Endlich erfährt eins mehr über Carlos und seine Wissenschaftler und sieht, dass die ganze Stadt Cecil&Carlos genau so sehr liebt wie wir Fans.
Die Story ist spannend und gut geschrieben und außerdem auch mit guten Wendungen.
Die Bücher werden nur besser je mehr geschrieben werden.
Und jetzt möchte ich bitte ein ganzes Buch nur über Cecil&Carlos.
Helena A
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?
Aug 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Two years ago, I began listening to the Night Vale podcast as I was falling asleep, and until reading this book (It Devours!? Oh yeah, I’ve read that book), my interaction with the Night Vale mythos was exclusively limited to that. The occasional reference to the friendly desert community did little in terms of sparking my appreciation for any deep narrative lore, since my appreciation of ‘Night Vale’ resided mostly in its aesthetic sensibilities and comedic tone. This book intrigued me though, ...more
Julie Decker
Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you know Night Vale, then you know to be ready for a good dose of creepy, funny, and unexpectedly emotional. But what you might not be ready for is the complex interaction between the characters you've only heard about as they try to get along in a poorly understood environment.

Nilanjana works as a scientist at Carlos's lab, doing science and getting along fine in her life as a Night Vale interloper. When mysterious pits begin opening up in Night Vale that destroy homes and businesses and suc
Dec 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: other-adult
It's time to return to Night Vale. The mysterious town where menacing glow clouds run the school board, where mountains don't exist, and where all conspiracies are, in truth, true. This is where the outsider, and scientist Nilanjana has come to reside. However, even though she has lived there for quite some time, and she feels "satisfied" with her life, she herself doesn't quite feel like she belongs. The second novel side story of the hilarious Welcome to Night Vale podcast follows this young w ...more
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
Oct 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: would-read-again
Night Vale will always be one of my favorite fictional cities. And the books add a depth the podcast can't necessarily achieve. I love the new characters and seeing what goes on in the scientists' lab. It was also interesting to get more about the Smiling God and the religion surrounding this deity. What a kooky city Night Vale is. The little details prove this point as well. Just one sentence can show so much about what Night Vale is like.
Aug 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fluff, sci-fi
3.5 rounded up to 4
When I first saw the title to this book, I thought it would be about my insatiable reading habit. I was wrong, but not disappointed.
This book is considerably better than Welcome to the Night Vale. It is quirky but readable, unlike WTTNV. The basic plot of the book is about sciencing and defeating a caterpillar god. Very cool.
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Joseph created and co-writes WELCOME TO NIGHT VALE. He is a writer and editor, and the co-owner of Commonplace Books. Awhile back he moved from California to Brooklyn. Subsequently, events unfolded.

Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the Goodreads database with this name.

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