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.
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* Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's Young Adult Booklists
* New York Times Books Section (links to their Best Seller Lists)
* YALSA Book Awards & Booklists
* YALSA's Teens' Top Ten