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I have always been impressed with the depth of this author's characterization. Wether dealing with a large cast of main characters, or those with shorter--but no less important--roles, I find it very easy to see the individual identity of each. These "people" are not two-dimensional stereotypes, but complex personalities. In one case, Will Burgess is internally giving us his views on the motivating force guiding one of his neighbors: "...I think it was the fragility of life that compelled . . . to volunteer, to get the little ones to understand that it wasn't worth it to take chances."
This story stands out in so many ways, but especially in how we go through the process of growing up--maturing--along with Will and his friends. Unfortunately, real life lessons are often unpleasant, and unfair to so many people for a variety of reasons.
"Why . . . did sweet little people . . . have to feel such terrible things? Why did such a good-hearted, loving girl get treated like dirt?"
CHILDREN OF THE DARK touched on so many subjects, on all levels. This novel really showcases Janz' talent in writing--not just the horrific elements--but the more emotional, sensitive issues as well. He's not afraid to look beyond the facade of what most people see and judge others by, and show us what's REALLY behind the curtain. Rich or poor, addict or law-enforcer--everybody has a side hidden from public view.
I always look forward to a new Jonathan Janz book, and once again, he's raised the bar to new heights.
Children of the Dark is the latest novel by Jonathan Janz and it was such a thrill to read. The author just keeps getting better and better as a writer and this book exhibits all of his skills and hard work. This book was a very quick read and after a gradual build up over the first half of the story, the pace becomes breakneck. The author is very talented at creating realistic characters while at the same time he is not afraid to kill off beloved characters as the story warrants. The characters always come across as real people and I became very emotionally attached and invested in these characters. The monsters are very well thought out and are quite scary to imagine. There is a good amount of gore that never feels forced and makes sense at all times. The ending was very well done and avoids the temptation of everything ending happily. There is a darkness in the main character that really makes everything more realistic. The ending has hints of a sequel which I hope will happen. This is an excellent novel written by an author at the top of his game. This book was so much fun to read and I highly recommend it.
Like Disappearance at Devil’s Rock, a Tremblay novel I read recently, Children of the Dark's protagonist is a relatively alienated teenage boy and son of a single mother, Will Burgess, but it does a fantastic job of fleshing out his character and making him and his comrades *extremely* sympathetic, in the face of both monstrous horrors and the cruelty of their bullying classmates. By the end of the novel I felt genuinely protective of Will, wanted to see him make it out of the story alive and well (along with his friends and family). Aside from the superior characterization, the action scenes and descriptions of the spooky monsters were excellent–though this is violent enough to make it inappropriate for children, anyone who wants to see nail-biting combat and just-barely-there victory against hideous creatures would definitely do well to pick this up. I think I'll keep an eye on Janz!
The characters and emotions are very real, and it doesn't shy away from social issues, but it also doesn't beat you over the head with them either, which is sometimes a hard line to stay on. I guess the only observation I would have with regards to the characters is there was a large gulf between good and bad, with very little in-between, or at least not as much as there typically is in reality. But honestly, it really didn't detract from the story - if anything, it gave it more of a B-movie matinee feel, which may have been what the author was going for.
I have read a few of Jonathan's books now, and I'm anxious to read more - he's very talented, and his "voice" appeals to my tastes. Especially if you like coming-of-age books, you'll love this one - very highly recommended!
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