Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The Door by Andy Marino

This is very unusual fantasy tale for young adults.  I've read the book and I'm still not real sure what happened at the end.  Do you like a mystery?

Scholastic and Net Galley gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published, so grab a copy now at your local bookstore.

The story begins with a young girl and an over-protective mother.  They live by the lighthouse.  Her father is dead.  The girl is obsessive/compulsive and has a split personality. That alone makes her a bit odd.  Add in the fact that there is a door at the top of the lighthouse that can't go anywhere because it's on an outside wall and you've got a mystery.  Her mother tells her to ignore it and never open it.

When she finds her mother dead at the base of the lighthouse, she decides to try the door.  Her mother told her it went to the City of the Dead and if they have her mother, she's going to get her back!  This is where the story gets really strange.

She gets captured by the Watchers who want her to tell them everything she knows (nothing) and about the new people she met at home a few night's ago.  She knows nothing about them either.  They don't believe her.

While they are trying to figure out how to get the information out of her, the voices in her head suddenly become people.  They are living breathing beings that she can now talk to in person.  She even has an extra one she didn't know was there...

The story is one of a constant attempt to escape.  Strange things happen, she finds some friends, her father appears to be part of the enemy and she's having trouble locating her mother.  The ending is almost anticlimactic.  I think I understood what happened, but I'm not sure.  Let me know if you're more confident in your read of this story and think you understand the ending.  I'd like to compare notes.

I can tell you you won't be bored.  There's too much happening for boredom!

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