Thursday, December 9, 2010

Review - Unthinkable

Unthinkable (Night Fall #1)
by Shirley Duke
Date: 2010
Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
Reading level: YA
Book type: prose novel
Pages: 106
Format: e-book
Source: NetGalley

Omar is somewhat of a Facebook celebrity among his peers, writing popular fictional stories that earn him plenty of virtual friends and lots of comments. What his fans don't realize, however, is that Omar's not just using his imagination. He's experiencing visions and writing them down.

But when what Omar writes on his laptop suddenly starts to come true in real life, tragedy ensues. Now the people who were once his biggest fans have turned against him, and the police are at the door.

When Omar befriends another outsider, a girl from his school named Sophie, he thinks he may have finally found the solution to his problems. Sophie tells Omar that there may be a way to switch his talent off.  But Sophie's cure may be worse than the visions themselves...

(see it on Goodreads)

At just over 100 pages, this is a very short book.  Thank goodness.  Perhaps I'm just not the target audience, but I found this story to be pretty lacking in every aspect.

The basic premise was not that bad, but the whole book felt extremely rushed.  There was a lot of telling and not enough showing, and some parts were skimmed through so quickly that I felt like even the author didn't care about what was happening.  If the author doesn't care, why should the reader?  At times, I felt like I was reading a synopsis instead of an actual book.

Because the book is so short, we never really get a sense of the characters; the author had to resort to caricatures to let us know who was good and who was evil.  I was rolling my eyes and giggling to myself throughout.  I'm pretty sure that's not the reaction one is supposed to get from reading "horror".

The only thing that's really scary is that this is marketed toward teens.  I think I would have been insulted if someone had told my teenage self that this was the sort of book I was supposed to like.  The tone seems way too juvenile to have the YA rating (and yet there's some subject matter in the story that I don't think would be appropriate for younger readers).

For a much better book with a similar premise, I'd recommend Draw the Dark by Ilsa J. Bick.

Thank you to NetGalley and Lerner Publishing Group for providing a digital ARC.

Plot: 2/5
Characters: 1/5
Pace: 0/5
Writing: 2/5
Originality: 2/5
Enjoyment: 1/5

Overall: 1.33 out of 5


  1. Whoa! hmm 1.33 out of 5? I've gotten books like that. They were short and so fast paced you were just like ... what the? But is it part of a series? If not, it makes me wonder, what was going through the author's mind as they wrote it. I don't know but I would truly be interested in knowing.

    Happy Holidays!

  2. 100 pages? I'm not a fan of short stories (at least not anything written recently) because it's difficult to get a sense of anything in so few pages. I'm sorry you didn't enjoy the book, but thanks for your honesty - now I know to skip it.

    I saw Dreamhunter pop up on your To Read widget. Great book!

  3. thanks for an honest review. (:
    you don't see much of them now-a-days.

  4. Wow! This book sounds like a huge disappointment. Thanks for the honest review.