I really enjoyed this. The story was fascinating, and the characters were well written. I also loved the writing style and structure.
The story is told from the point of view of Malorie both before and after some strange event causing people to go mad and kill each other and themselves. The story unfolds in two ways – One where Malorie is trying to leave the place she has seen as home for 4 years after resources have run out, and Two where we are seeing how that place became home and how it fell apart.
This structure – shifting back and forth chapter to chapter – meant that the story was unfolding and developing at a perfect pace – leaving you guessing how things had ended up one way – wondering if there would be any safety at all.
The premise of not being able to look outside for fear of losing you sanity is a pretty scary one, and it was written really well. There was a feeling of Stephen King here, with a lot of unsettling creepiness, which I adored. This was sold as a horror, but I didn’t find it that scary at all. Yes it was tense, but it was more of a creepy, thrilling tense than a scary one.
The only reason I didn’t give this 5 stars was the ending. It wasn’t a bad ending, I liked how the story led there. My problem was the lack of answers. I totally get that the characters were pretty clueless about what was going on,so we are in the same situation as they are, but I would’ve just liked a little more explaining. I am guessing that the ambiguity in the ‘evil’ is what classified this as a horror.
Overall a really good read, with plenty of character development. Lots of things to love, I would recommend it.
Finished on 22nd May 2017
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