CW: murder, suicide, and childbirth
At long last, I’ve read this modern horror classic. I’ve been meaning to do this for ages, but I kept putting it off. After seeing clips of the Netflix movie based on this book, I knew that I had to read it. Checking my libraries (I have three library cards), I found that an ebook copy was available and got it.
Now, I don’t know if you all have ever worked some kind of retail job. Tangent, I know, but we’ll get to the point soon. I work in a warehouse and during this time of the year, it’s very busy. However, the last day before Christmas, it’s dead. This year, that happened to be Friday the 21st. That whole day, I was able to sit at my desk, work on some things, and read.
Yes, I read this all in one day. It hooked me that well.
One day, suddenly, there are creatures out in the world that drive you insane if you look at them. Either you kill yourself or go out and kill other people. But, either way, they drive you to do horrible acts. When the creatures hit America, Malorie, our protagonist, discovers that she’s pregnant.
This story is told in two ways: one from the past of Malorie remembering what happened and one from four years after the creatures shows up as she tries to escape with her children.
I thought it was incredibly tense. Malerman was masterful with how he wove the story around Malorie’s multiple journeys. Each was tense and I was so stressed about it. I just wondered how it would all turn out, which kept me reading and wanting to know more and more. Even after finishing it, I still desperately want to know more.
Malorie was an extremely strong character. I loved reading her perspective and couldn’t wait for more. However, all the other characters weren’t as strong. I kept getting them confused, which made it difficult to discern what was going on sometimes. They were all so much alike.
And, as I said, the plot was good, but when I finished the book, I realized that not too much had really happened. It had been tense and kept me reading, but there wasn’t a lot going on in the book. I also wasn’t a huge fan of the ending.
Overall, this was a fantastic book. Now, I’m super excited to go watch the movie!
Have you read this? What did you think?
Have you seen the movie yet?