Hi friends! I am here, not to tell you about the king of chairs, but about two boys and the hardships they go through. Two of my friends* made me read this and thank you friends, you have good taste in books.
*yes, the exact same ones that made me read Jackaby
When August learns that his best friend, Jack, shows signs of degenerative hallucinatory disorder, he is determined to help Jack cope. Jack’s vivid and long-term visions take the form of an elaborate fantasy world layered over our own—a world ruled by the Wicker King. As Jack leads them on a quest to fulfill a dark prophecy in this alternate world, even August begins to question what is real or not.
August and Jack struggle to keep afloat as they teeter between fantasy and their own emotions. In the end, each must choose his own truth.
My most favorite part of this book doesn’t actually have anything to do with the story, it’s the book itself. As we fall deeper and deeper into the story and Jack farther and farther into the spirals of his own thoughts, the pages gradually turn darker and darker. I was about halfway through the story when I was like “hold on these pages aren’t pure white anymore but I could have sworn they were at first…?” And ALOHA I was right the pages got darker and darker as the book went on. AND THERE WERE OCCASIONALLY PICTURES AND PLAYLISTS LIKE MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN. It was so unique!
anyways. i have a thing for not normal.
Jack and August were such, such good friends it was kinda scary. And I thought the author described their neglect rather well, and how it affected their entire thought processes, the entire story. They deserved so much better than what the adults in their lives gave them. I think the author’s note at the end made this clear.
The other characters…weren’t really the main focus. I liked the twins okay but everyone else didn’t really do anything for me. Plot-wise, I was HIGH-KEY confused half the time.
Me: is this fantasy??? Is this contemporary??? DOES THIS BOOK EVEN EXIST???
There were moments that just crossed the bridge of reality too far for my tastes. And while I understand why certain decisions were made, it didn’t stop me from being frustrated. Like, there were so many missed opportunities where characters such as Rina could have contacted professional help but didn’t.
This is a really short review, but all in all I liked this book! Maybe a little bit overhyped for me personally but I don’t regret reading it!