Guest Blogger: Marine, Grade 11
Settings : The story takes place nowadays in a small town called Long Thorpe.
Ratting : 4 out of 5 Stars
At first I did not like the book. I thought it was boring and repetitive. But as the story goes I was more and more into the story and I think the author make a good job making you feel the character’s emotions. I have always been intrigued and scared of what a psycho or emotionless person could do or think. It is a reason why I really liked the book.
The cellar is the story of a kidnapped and sequestered 16-years old girl named Summer. We follow the half year she spent on this cellar through 3 differents eyes, hers, her boyfriend’s, Lewis, and his sequestrator’s, Colin.
Colin is a loner, psychotic and murderer. He works for an attorney and is very polite and nice in public. He kidnaps girls and rename them after flower to create his “perfect family” in his cellar, and make them call him Clover.
Summer, “Lily” was taken without leaving any trace behind her and brought to the cellar to live with 3 other womens : Rose, Violet and Poppy. The cellar is most likely a one floor apartment with a bedroom, a living room, a kitchen and a bathroom. There they spend the following months doing anything Clover ask in order not to be killed and replace. She gradually learn to distinct Lily from Summer, trying not to get crazy and protect herself, and spend her days reading, watching movies, sewing, cleaning...
Clover, him, is obsessed with the idea of building his perfect family and getting rid of prostitute, after losing his mother. He convince himself that he is making the world a better place. Lewis is devastated and spend every days of her disparition looking for her and investing.
“He pulled a knife out of his pocket, Poppy and Rose flinched at the same time. “No please. Clover, I’m sorry. Please don’t,” she begged, holding her hands out in front of her. He shook his head, breathing heavily. His eyes were dark and cold, there was no emotion on his face other than rage. He took one step forward, almost smiling at her; it sent a chill down my spine that someone could be so cold and evil. I couldn’t see the knife as his back was to me but I saw his arms push forward. Violet made a choking sound and fell to the floor.”
I would not recommend this book to anyone who has ever been physically of sexually assaulted, or kidnapped. But if you don’t mind violence and like suspense and action, you will probably like it.
Author: Madeleine Roux
Setting(Time): Summer Time
Setting (Place): New Hampshire at a college
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
It was very suspenseful and kept me intrigued
A student named Dan is spending the summer at a before-college program at a college that he wants to go and hopes that it will help him find friends that he is similar to and can enjoy being around. After meeting a few friends, they decide to explore around their dorms after knowing that it used to be an insane asylum and find some things that are utterly disturbing and make dan soon have nightmares and hallucinations. When he is searching through his dorm he finds a picture that is very familiar to him because he saw it in the abandoned rooms. After he chooses a class to study as an extra credit assignment he chooses to do a report on the background of his school (Brookline). After that and going to coffee with his new friends. They decide to go back and do more exploring and one of his friends finds a file that reminds her of her grandmother and soons becomes obsessed with learning more while Dan is still very creeped out and distrubed. Then someone gets killed, another is hurt and then it becomes a criminal case and thinks that the famous serial killer is still there and alive. He is then invited to the basement where all of the torture and killings took place and things happen so he makes it out of there and is okay.
Younger people that like horror and suspense and maybe some adults too
Reviewer: Donovan (Grade 9)
Setting(Time): The 1990’s
Setting (Place): Maine, Massachusetts
Protagonist(s): Garraty, McVries, Olson, and Stebbins
Antagonist(s): The Major, the soldiers
What would you rate this book: 5 out of 5 stars
The plot was great. I really liked it because I originally thought a book about walking would be boring, but it was the opposite. After meeting the protagonists, you become attached to them but only one of them survives in the story. In the story, 100 boys walk from Maine until there is only one of them remaining. You have to walk at a steady pace of 4 miles per hour and you get warned if you go below the speed, above the speed, interfere with the other walkers, or just stop. Once they have 3 warnings, they are killed. The book is a great read whether you are a Stephen King Fan, or have never read one of his books because you will find a character that you can connect with.
The Long Walk by Stephen King is a Dystopian novel that takes place in Maine and Massachusetts in the 1990’s. Garraty is a boy from Maine and every year there is an event called “The Long Walk”, a competition where about 100 boys have to walk at a steady pace of 4 mph until there is only one standing. The rules of the walk are you get 3 warnings for misconduct or going below or above the speed limit. Misconduct includes stopping or interfering with the other walkers. Once you get your three warnings, you are shot and killed by the soldiers that watch the walk. Along the way of the Long Walk, Garraty meets many friends such as Olson, the jokester of the group, and McVries who is the motivator of their group. The Major is the one who is in charge of managing the Long Walk and he is a very strict individual.
The Long Walk is definitely a book worth reading.
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