I'll admit I first dismissed this book when I saw it popping up in other people's feeds, but it kept coming back and getting good reviews so I decided to see if my library had it. I was in luck, so I shortly got to pick up a book that wasn't quite what I was expecting.
I mean, I knew it was a book about some people who have a scary time overnight in a knock-off Ikea store but for starters, I was expecting it to be formatted like a normal book. It wasn't. Not only does it look like a product catalogue, it's formatted like a kind of design textbook or something. I can't quite put my finger on what to compare it to, but hopefully some pictures will help.
In the above, the page fold would fall on the blue square, just past the illustration.
From my copy. It's hard to tell, but all the text is in a blueprint blue.
I didn't initially notice this, but the back cover is a creepy version of the front.
Anyway, I was pleasantly surprised to discover how well the gimmick worked and how Hendrix was able to make you empathize with the characters in such a short book. It was also off the wall nuts, but it was a fun nuttiness. It starts off fairly reasonably, with some Orsk employees being tasked to do an overnight shift to discover who has been mucking up the place and breaking things at night, but then it gets a bit...supernatural. The setting was also well evoked and the author used the Ikea references for all he was worth. But hey, it worked.
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