Tuesday, July 17, 2018

(Review) The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay


"Do you have any idea how delicious it is to give yourself over to something so completely? So I did."

When I say I couldn't put the book down, I literally couldn't put the book down and stop reading. On the first evening I started reading The Cabin at the End of the World I was hooked. That night, I woke up around  midnight with the story on my mind so I read for an hour. The next day, I read from the morning (in between taking care of my son) and finished in the evening. In two days, I finished this book because I had to know what happens at the end!

Seven-year-old Wen and her parents, Eric and Andrew, are vacationing in a remote cabin free from all distractions and cell service (oh no). Four people show up to their cabin one day carrying dangerous looking weapons, and one of them, Leonard, tells when that her dads won't let them, but they have to go inside the cabin because they are here to save the world.

Paul Tremblay managed to keep me turning page after page without any cheap gimmick or "what will happen to our heroes? Will they escape the menacing weapons held by the four strangers who want admission into the cabin? Find out next time. Same channel..."  Yes. He didn't need to do that. I was fully engaged and I wanted--no, I needed to know, what was going to happen to these characters that are extremely likable and that I cared for.

If you look at any good horror movie or book, more than half of the time they contain characters that we care for; characters we want to protect and see survive. Tremblay succeeded in doing that. I cared very much for Eric and Andrew, and especially for Wen.

The horror, the suspense, the thrill, and the mystery is so dominant in this book. You don't know what to believe or who to believe. You end up making your own choice, as I did myself, but that's what is so awesome about this book: it's open to many interpretations and puts us directly in the shoes of Eric and Andrew, but also in the shoes of the four people who claim they can save the world. It is a nervous train wreck of impending and uncertain doom.

I noticed lots of symbolic and, of course, biblical mentions and interpretations. Tremblay's writing is unique and engaging and easy to follow.

I highly recommend The Cabin At The End of the World. And after you're done, if you already haven't, check out A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay.

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