Publisher Little Brown & Company
To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it's where he lives with his Ma as they learn and read and eat and sleep and play. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits.
Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it's not enough...not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, one that relies on her young son's bravery and a lot of luck. What she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.
Told entirely in the language of the energetic, pragmatic five-year-old Jack, Room is a celebration of resilience and the limitless bond between parent and child, a brilliantly executed novel about what it means to journey from one world to another.
Told in the unique perspective of a five year old boy, it could sometimes be choppy with its flow. I often had to re-read sentences because the narrative was lacking in grammar. It helped cement the realism, but at the same time, when I'm halted in a sentence it shocks me out of the story and I'm facing words, not a tale. That's the only part that frustrated me. The story itself, told from an individual who was naive to rape, mind-manipulation or kidnapping, it was heartbreaking, frustrating and enthralling. Jack had no idea what was really going on and I cringed several times when I thought of him as an adult...then realized he was fictional. This was how real he manifested in my mind and I knew, in that instant, that this book was a gem!
I gravitated toward this book for the most cliche reason.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Author Link: http://www.emmadonoghue.com