Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Review: A Hollow Dream of Summer's End by Andrew Van Wey
Having read Andrew Van Wey's novel Forsaken (review here) last year and loving it, I was very excited to read this novella A Hollow Dream of Summer's End. I expected a somewhat strange story that would freak me out and probably leave me unsettled. That is definitely what I got.
I normally have trouble relating to male protagonists, especially young children, but had very little trouble with this one. The dialogue is very much what I expect from young boys to the point where it was quite amusing. As the novella started, I wasn't really sure how the story could go from where it started to all the elements in the synopsis with such a short length. However, the story moved swiftly and I didn't feel like there was anything lacking in that regard.
I can't really grasp how the monster aka Mr. Skitters looks, though he is quite detailed in the novella. My mind can't put together all the details into a physical form. (The closes I could get was the bedlam from Coraline). I can say that just the idea of Mr. Skitters had me pretty shaken. The idea of being trapped in a tree house 30 feet off the ground with some unknown, shape shifting creature that can climb and want to eat you...made me very anxious. In broad daylight.
I did expect there to be a twist near the end, based solely on the twist in Forsaken. I thought that I knew what was going on and was very smug about it. In the end I was wrong, but headed in the right direction. I really loved the twist though.
The novella ends on what I can only assume is a cliffhanger. I really want to know what really happened with Aiden. I also want to know what happened to his dad and his dad's girlfriend.
Overall, it's a great creepy story. Though the main characters are young boys, it's not a book for young children. It's mostly suspenseful/creepy, but there is some gore as well. While the book may not be for everyone, it's length makes it a breeze to get through and well worth taking a chance on it.