By Josh Malerman
Ecco Press, 9780062259660, February 2015, 272pp.
The Short of It:
Tense, and absolutely riveting.
The Rest of It:
I don’t know where I was when this book first came out a couple of years ago but I am so glad I finally discovered it.
The world has changed. There are monsters. If you see these creatures with the naked eye or even through a lens of any kind, you instantly go stark raving mad and kill yourself. How does one survive such a world? By living behind a blindfold for the rest of your life.
Now add children.
Now add animals.
Now add people who buck the system and want to “test” the different theories out on their own even though they’ve been warned that the outcome will not be good.
Food is running out. Potable water is an issue as well. As these people live behind blindfolds, these creatures live among them. They stand over them. They toy with them. They try to lure them out of darkness.
This is a terrifying world and I loved every tense moment. I picked this up for the RIP Challenge but it is easily one of the best books I’ve read this year.
Have you read it? If you love “end of the world” type stories but also love a good, suspenseful tale, then I beg you to run out and find a copy. Go. Right now.
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