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Stark’s writing is superb, and his descriptions bring the tale to vivid life both visually and emotionally, allowing the reader to truly experience the story while reading.
I thoroughly enjoyed Stark’s insightful mix of unique and extremely realistic characters. They are so genuine; in fact, that they actually add a needed element of plausibility to what otherwise might have been an antagonist with the impact of a latex monster. Don’t get me wrong, Stark’s creations are imaginative and his descriptions make them quite horrifying, but it’s the brilliant cast of characters that make it all work.
ARCADIA FALLS is a truly exciting and intense tale sure to delight and frighten a wide young adult audience, and more than a few adults, too.
The author does enough would building to bring a vivid picture to my mind. This book is different from the many stalker books I've read lately (thank you!) The thought the author put into the description of the creatures is quite unique and terrifying. I'm glad Bryce joined the gang, he's the jock, so less intelligent of the bunch. When the brainiacs had something figured out, fun-loving Roly would break it down for Bryce (and us readers) so we were up to speed. I really liked the story even though slightly disturbed by it, I mean your child, husband, wife goes missing and you just forget them? Think of that old series Leverage goes to Buffy the vampire slayer's hellmouth town. (no vamps in this book though.)
Stark has broken with his usual action laden zombie tales to give us a youth oriented book of horror offering a sly mystery of the ages. In a small 21st century town we get a bit of a slow build to the main story. We are introduced to a group of friends, intelligent, nerdy, yet physically capable as they surf through the last year of high school. Opening day, the new girl in town is quite the paradox and is quickly accepted into the accommodating group. Young romance, attraction, the interplay, personal interests, and thought patterns of modern teens is handled quite well and is up to date for the strange times we live in. There are amusing characters and a few that will pique the reader’s haunting memory of those elusive days of 12th grade. There is a terrifically written scene where the protagonist teen male debates ‘the internet age of knowing vs. the 20th century of book knowing’ with an elder teacher. As the horror tale develops, there is an interesting twilight zone walking trip into another realm for the lead character. This was well done. The actual terror in the book leans heavily on Stephen King’s “It” and 50’s horror movies, and though lacking originality is treated with detail and highly crafted description. The author makes it his own story. Overall, the story is balanced well for plot, characters and nuanced story-line. The author is a brilliant writer, and kids or adults that read this will need a dictionary handy for words (enough, but not too many) that were new even to an accomplished long time reader of many genres. Nothing wrong with growing the mind eh? The big action is all Stark bombastic and hard charging, as we would expect from this author. There is a conspiracy bent to the paranormal aspect of the book which many will not get (unless one is schooled in those things) that I found lends a kind of creepy insidiousness to this being a bit more than a bop horror tale. Stark is always teaching the smart kids of any age it seems. I was also impressed with the crafting of the end of the book, having some degree of poignancy to it, for those hearts that still beat. This definitely (in my opinion) is a 12-17 age group type of read, but an adult would be entertained by Stark’s methods and message. I expect this will be a hit with teens. Impressive outing.