Ugh, this book! I'm so attached to so many of these kids. So totally in awe of their bravery in the face of some terrifying occurrences that, let's be honest, would send me running for home and screaming my head off the whole time. I think I've said it before, but what's so powerful about books like this is the fact that all of this happens to kids. Parents are gone. Busy with their own lives. Unaware what madness their kids are currently facing. Or, worse yet, uncaring. It breaks my heart, but also makes me feel proud of these characters. They're made of stronger stuff then I would ever be.
Someone should have warned me though that a beloved pet dies in this book, rather unexpectedly, because this was me on the train this morning:
Don't worry, it's nothing gory. Just sad. And the scene later on in that chapter just made me want to sob more. I am nothing if not a sucker for good animal companions in stories.
Also the relationship that one of these characters has with his bed-ridden grandmother has me equally feeling like this. Simmons is just tugging all the strings. Here making me feel dread. There making me feel pure terror. Then just making my eyes tear up.
I'm in love with this book. And also scared to finish it.
I had to renew this book, because it's really good but also a really slow read. Much like my favorite King books, the writing draws you in and makes you savor every word. I'm not going to lie, I skim read a lot of YA books. I'll get to a page where nonessential things are happening and kind of just glean what's happening before moving on. This book doesn't allow you to do that. It holds your attention, clamps down with an icy cold grip on your bones, and won't let go until something breaks you out of that spell. In my case, it was the train signaling that I was about to miss my stop hahaha. I ran through the doors at the last minute. Darn book.
I think it's safe to say that this book is definitely not one I'll be able to read before bed. The terror built here is REAL. It's through the eyes of children, so it's pure. I legitimately felt terror at part of this last night, and had to stop reading.
That being said, this book is also a tome. So it's going to take me a while to get through. I think I'm okay with that though!
I can already tell that this book and I are going to get along swimmingly! It's got that beautiful writing that builds up tension, and sets the story firmly in my mind. I can see The Bike Patrol out on their bikes, riding through the summer night, unaware that something terrible is headed their way. Yup, I'm already in love.
On another note, I have additionally established that this isn't going to be a book I can read at night. I've read IT 3 times now, and I still have to read it only in daylight. This book seems the same. It's got that dark undertone that is the stuff of nightmares.
Synopsis: On the eve of an interstellar apocalypse, 7 pilgrims journey to the planet Hyperion, to meet the Shrike; a creature that moves backward in time and kills the pilgrims who seek it. On their journey each one tells their story of what brought them to that point.
I have mixed feelings about this book. Its slow going, and most of the stories take awhile to get going. There's very little action of any sort, and the deeper concepts may fly over some heads. It has some good twists, however, and the characters are filled out well. My main gripe with it has been that it ends without resolving the major plot points. I'm assuming this will be fixed in the sequel (The Fall of Hyperion), but I still found it rather annoying.
Rating *** 1/2