A book with a whole lot of potential that to me fell short multiple times right when things started getting interesting again. The premise of the book is original and unique. Seven people, their own identities down to their style of chair, wind up in the White Room together with no rhyme or reason at the start. There’s about every type of person represented and the reader gets to see them as they truly are, not by what is just on the outside. I must say, when the Guardian appeared it reminded me of the musical number from Grease, Beauty School Drop Out.
The story itself does not move very fast. I was bored by the second page but just knew things had to get better. I went back and checked on review sites to see that the ratings of this book are all over the chart, so it’s definitely not a book for everyone but there is a niche that it fits well into. I don’t have a problem with a book that isn’t a good fit for everyone, because nothing has a place in the world like that. So I continued on to see what the story would bring me.
The place the group was in was constantly changing. Items would appear out of nowhere and disappear without warning. As the room changed, so did the situations the seven would experience. The author picked up on the anxiety of everyone well, the nervous bickering, name calling, image slamming, etc. The way the human brain puts up a defense mechanism when dealt with stimuli that is unknown, scary and bewildering.
The chapters each start off with a heading and a picture. Some of the pictures really make you think, wondering what it means and others just seemed to be a bit out of place. The Guardian is a bit over the top but brings the readers interest back to him to try to help put some pieces of the puzzle together. Many times he talks in riddles, but knowing that you start analyzing what he says and does a bit more.
The end brings some resolution and understanding but at the same time leave you with questions. Being this is the first book in a series, doing so makes perfect sense. As I said before, this isn’t a book for everyone, but I really can’t gauge who would like this book and who wouldn’t. It’s definitely worth finding out on your own. Speaking for myself, it was an interesting read but I really don’t have the urge to read further with the series. I might later on though, I guess I’ll have to wait and see.
(reviewed 50 days after purchase)