Overall rating: ★★★★★, 5/5
Length: 473 pages
Blurb: Most people dismissed the reports on the news. But they became too frequent; they became too real. And soon it was happening to people we knew. Then the Internet died. The televisions and radios went silent. The phones stopped ringing And we couldn’t look outside anymore.
Review: This book really unnerved me.
I read the majority of it in bed one evening and I had to go downstairs afterwards to get a drink and close the curtains. I turned my head away from the windows as I walked through the house and refused to look through them as I drew the curtain. I’m being 100% honest.
I wasn’t outright horrified, it was more like that prickly feeling you get after you see a spider scuttle off or when you’re sure someone’s watching you from a distance. Just on edge.
Malerman is genius in the fact that he’s writing about a cause for the post-apocalyptic world that (in my knowledge) has never been thought of/written about before. There are no meteors, or deadly viruses. Instead there is… what, exactly? I’m not sure even now.
But I loved how vague the book was about what exactly had caused this madness. Personally, I imagined semi-humanoid type monsters, 10 feet tall and frighteningly skinny. All black, crawling on their hands and feet. No eyes or features, only a mouth. Something Slenderman-esque, I guess.
The idea of having something “beyond infinity” snatch away the most important of the five senses, the one you rely on every day and take of advantage of without even realising it, is purely intimidating. I can’t even imagine having to try and live my day-to-day life in the dark. Having to remember to place a blindfold over my eyes before I stepped outside, navigating my way with the tips of my fingers and toes.
The entire premise of this book had me gripped from the word go. The only thing I was slightly disappointed with was the ending, not because it wasn’t what I was expecting, more for the fact I just had no idea what exactly I was expecting so anything would have come as a surprise. But I’m led to believe there may be a sequel? The character development wasn’t particularly amazing either, but I don’t think that’s what this book is about. The character’s are simply tools being used to show how confusing and awful this new world is.
The book isn’t about Melanie, it’s about all life in a terrifying new realm.