I have already read some other books by the author, and his 'Fury of the Orcas' seamlessly adds to the list of creature features I came to love.
This wI have already read some other books by the author, and his 'Fury of the Orcas' seamlessly adds to the list of creature features I came to love.
This was such another great story, especially the beginning, as it felt like jumping right in the middle of the action, and the end, hinting at another catastrophe following right on its heels. Dare I say the middle had some repetitive moments? But then again, I mostly read that part while falling asleep in bed at night, so I'm not sure if I may have read several passages more than once in that hazy state before Morpheus finally beat me...
To me, the most shocking part of the book was the description of the life of orcas in captivity, as it is both real and now. It says facts out loud that I never consciously thought of before, and which will influence my future perception of marine parks in special and animal shows in general....more
Definitely not a typical horror story, though there are many horrors to be found within, like that of growing up without proper guidance or experienciDefinitely not a typical horror story, though there are many horrors to be found within, like that of growing up without proper guidance or experiencing events a child should not have to endure alone, like the loss of a parent. I found this a rather sad and moving story about two lost kids struggling to grow up and cope with their fates.
Keagans father chooses to end his pain-suffering existence by 'death by police', leaving Keagan alone with his over-religious mother who'd rather see him dead as well. The boy's only solace is the black comfort of his closet, where he spends most of his time with his secret collection of things.
Faith's mother died in hospital, but to Faith it seems she was killed when they 'pulled the plug' on her. Since that time, she starts hearing screams in her mind, and when her first menstruation starts, she recognizes where it is coming from: the unused new life her body was prepared to grow.
While Keagan and Faith meet several times, it is always accidentally and there is no sign of a relationship building between them. Where one would expect them to be happy to have found someone to share their problems and spend time with, they only acknowledge the other's presence for a short moment before retreating back to their lonely lives. Only at the end their separate actions combine into something new, like a fragile seed of hope for a better future, but at a high cost.
I am still struggling to put some details into place, but overall I found this story rather depressing and sad. By no means an easy read, but, like all the author's other work, worth every page....more
Das Buch habe ich spontan aufgrund des Covers und des Klappentextes als leichte Lektüre für die Weihnachtszeit gekauft. Die Geschichte war dann auch wDas Buch habe ich spontan aufgrund des Covers und des Klappentextes als leichte Lektüre für die Weihnachtszeit gekauft. Die Geschichte war dann auch wie erwartet: leicht kitschig, mit vorhersehbaren Katastrophen und einem Happy End unterm Weihnachtsbaum. Der Adventskalender am Ende des Buches mit kleinen Anekdoten, Gedichten und Rezepten hat mir gut gefallen. Perfekt zum Zwischendurch-mal-abschalten, nicht mehr, aber auch nicht weniger....more