I love Art. Art is the mirror that is held up to humanity so we can see ourselves for what we really are. It condenses things down so they become something that we can digest. It puts them on a level where we can see things from all different angles and perspectives, through a lens that we don’t normally perceive our universe through.
Art becomes a way to communicate about complex issues, without necessarily ever talking about the issues. Science fiction, fantasy, fairy tales, and myths are a great medium for talking about serious, complex issues that otherwise don’t get talked about. Myths and fairy tales are both great at teaching why it is a good idea to be a good person.
Why am I talking about these things? Well, because that is exactly what this book is, and does. The story takes place over the course of a day. It starts as the characters head off to school and work, and ends before the next day dawns. It covers many of the issues that face the youth of today, as well as telling a bit of information about the Krampus. On the surface, it is a story that has some man vs. supernatural, and good vs. evil. Not so far under the surface, it is a story of man vs. self, and begs the question, what is evil?
It is a good piece of teen fiction. It is a pretty quick, easy read. If a parent was to get this book for a younger child, I recommend reading it first so you can first determine the potentiality of your child having nightmares, or if they are mentally mature enough to handle it. Or you can just read it first, then discuss it with them after they read it.
This would be a good book for either a book club or for teenagers and parents to open a channel of communication about bullying, proper use of social media, as well how to deal with things as they happen. The book has a daunting 62 chapters, but it is only 259 pages in the eBook edition. I finished it in one night. I started reading after dinner and finished reading before the season premiere of AHS ended.
I know that this review doesn’t really do this story any justice. I apologize for that. I just don’t want to ruin the ending for anyone. There is a bit of a surprise twist that I will not spoil for any potential future readers. After someone else reads it, then I can discuss with them how the author chose to [message redacted]. Or how [message redacted] gives you the viewpoint of [message redacted]. Or how refreshing it is that [message redacted]. Which I think would be a great thing to talk about in a book club type setting since I don’t have teenagers in my life that I could discuss this book with. Also, the snowstorm. I could discuss whether the snowstorm is another character in the book, or if it is there to add suspense, or if the descriptions of the blizzard like conditions could only come from someone who grew up in winters that continually have snowfall measured in feet instead of inches. If you could read it and tell me what you think, that would be much appreciated.
Thank you to Matthew Manochio for contacting The Uncommon Geek to review this story. It is a very enjoyable read and I anxiously await the release date of November 7, 2014. It will be nice to be able to discuss this book with others who have read it.