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3.78  ·  Rating details ·  40 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Hunter Warden just wants some peace and quiet. He wants to watch unboxing videos and be lulled to sleep by the monotone voices and smooth talking YouTube hosts. He wants his parents that are always working to either totally leave him alone or be around for once. After a few beers, Hunter decides to get away from it all and go for a run in Falter Kingdom.

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Paperback, 240 pages
Published August 26th 2016 by The Unnamed Press
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Richard Derus
Jun 10, 2021 marked it as to-read
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Aug 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book has some serious dark pull. It's as seductive for the reader as it is for Hunter, and as difficult for the reader to know what to fully trust. The prose is solid and the images sear into the reader's brain, but the words get under the skin so deeply before the reader realizes it. Definitely some excellent stuff. ...more
Michael Seidlinger
Mar 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Once upon a time, I was a teenager. I mean, I must have been, right?
Kevin Catalano
Oct 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a perfect conceit for a YA novel: a teenager is possessed by a demon, but instead of wanting to rid himself of it, he welcomes it for the attention and companionship it brings. Expertly accomplished was the way Seidlinger shows the narrator's gradually "worsening" possession. For how honestly dark this is, it has a surprisingly positive message for teens: “The demons exist. If they don’t find you, you create your own. Fear is there. It never fades. But know that you never have to be alon ...more
David Bridges
Nov 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
High School is tough, especially for those that are introverts and those that have a mental illness. Hunter is preparing for graduation and prom. He has a girlfriend, Becca, who he has been with all through high school. While all of this is exciting for most people, Hunter thinks he is excited about it but deep down can't really find the motivation to move forward with things like asking Becca to the prom or writing for his yearbook. He is starting to become detached from his emotions and can't ...more
Mar 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
While I read “Falter Kingdom” I had no idea that it was written as a YA story. While it undoubtedly works for that audience, by no means is it exclusively for teens. The story deeply resonates with powerful emotion and intellect, deftly weaving a clear path through its mind warping labyrinth. Undeniable in his expertise, Seidlinger blends dialogue of the outside world with a silent, unspoken inner universe to map minute details with the fine technique of a master cartographer. This book is an ex ...more
Michael J. Seidlinger is the author of multiple novels including THE STRANGEST, THE FUN WE’VE HAD, and THE LAUGHTER OF STRANGERS. He is the Book Reviews Editor at Electric Literature and the Publisher-In-Chief of Civil Coping Mechanisms, an indie press for innovative writing. FALTER KINGDOM is Seidlinger’s first YA novel.

FALTER KINGDOM follows a high school senior, Hunter Warden. In Hunter's town, there is a tunnel called "Falter Kingdom" where you are supposed to be able to catch a demon if you
Mar 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
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An unsettling book about the loss of self, and a good companion to its author's earlier THE STRANGEST. ...more
Kristin (Blood,Sweat and Books)
Interesting ending to this one that's for sure. ...more
Aug 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Grace P
Reading FALTER KINGDOM was a weird experience. Most of the time I was not really sure what was real and what wasn't. Hunter is somewhat of an unreliable narrator throughout the novel and being inside his head freaks you out. I was unaware of where the plot was going throughout the story, it was basically getting a stream of consciousness from Hunter the entire time. It was definitely an interesting way to experience a story and it kept me guessing.

The genre of FALTER KINGDOM is hard to discern.
Jessica Bronder
Aug 04, 2016 rated it liked it
Hunter is an apathetic teenager that finds himself at Falter Kingdom one night. Falter Kingdom is a Tunnel that the local kids hang out to drink, smoke or make out. But it is also known as the place to get possessed by a demon. Hunter decides to run the tunnel and ends up possessed by H. Although he knows he should get H exorcised he is also lurid into the spell of H. H brings that missing spark back to Hunter’s life. The more that Hunter keeps H the further he falls under the spell and is less ...more
Jun 06, 2016 marked it as did-not-finish
I couldn't finish this, let alone get anywhere near 30 percent of the way in. The writing is all jumbled and difficult to comprehend as it is written through the voice of some teenager who apparently doesn't know what a complete sentence is (see also the dialogue). The main character is kind of annoying in how lazy and apathetic he is, and he hangs out with people he can't stand and doesn't seem to know why he does but he does it anyway. Despite my interest in he demon-haunting part, I just can' ...more
Sep 21, 2016 rated it it was ok
I feel like this was trying to accomplish something quite tremendous, but it let its characters down. Kinda disappointed, but kinda expected it as well. Poor H.
Chris Roberts
Apr 06, 2016 rated it did not like it
It is an endless amazement, a fascinating psychic study on the subject known as I, in a state of claustrophobia, in the bowels of The Tunnel and readily admitted by I that such are the vagaries of my conscious processes that again I'm swept into constriction's unsound reasoning and superimposed dreariness and awash in shifting imagery presented in flashing speed, accompanied by a spectrum of emotions and when enthralled in such a spell I am stripped of Self and lost, there is no way out but to l ...more
Bill Hsu
Sep 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Loved the ideas. The longwinded teenage male musings can be a slog sometimes, but I suppose that's realistic.
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MICHAEL J. SEIDLINGER is a Filipino American author of Runaways: A Writer's Dilemma (Future Tense Books, 2021) and other books. He has written for, among others, Wired, Buzzfeed, Thrillist, Goodreads, The Observer, Polygon, The Believer, and Publishers Weekly. He teaches at Portland State University and has led workshops at Catapult, Kettle Pond Writer's Conference, and Sarah Lawrence. You can fin ...more

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“The demons exist. If they don’t find you, you create your own. Fear is there. It never fades. But know that you never have to be alone. Never doubt yourself, just because everyone else doesn’t understand. There’s an entire kingdom out there. Hold on to that image. Be” 3 likes
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