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Wuftoom Hardcover – May 8, 2012
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Wuftoom is a highly imaginative but chilling book about a boy who initially thought he was just sick and then realized he was transforming into a worm like creature called a Wuftoom. This story is about how he evolves physically, emotionally and mentally-- and how he struggles to stay true to both his past human self, Evan and his new Wuftoom self, Brode.
There were a lot of great things about this book. The description is spot on, to the point that I was squirming in my seat from visualizing the disgusting way Wuftoom looked and moved and how they ate other creatures in gruesome detail. Evan/Brode was an engaging and interesting character. I enjoyed meeting the other Wuftoom (most specifically Olen, the old Wuftoom) and learning about their culture and background.
I definitely had an adjustment period to this book. I was almost nauseated from the descriptions initially. I think if I had read this when I was 12 years old as the book states is its younger limit, I would have had nightmares for days. And I still don't know how I feel about how the book glazes over the issue of children being converted into Wuftoom. *SPOILER ALERT* More specifically, our protagonist lures another child into becoming a Wuftoom-- and although Wuftoom are an interesting species, I'm not sure I would ever condemn any to that fate.
This said, this was a darkly entertaining and creative first novel from Mary Thompson.
I picked up 'Wuftoom' because of the beautifully intriguing cover and the fascinating premise described on the back cover: "Everyone thinks Evan is sick... But Evan knows he is not sick; he is transforming." And from the very first page, I was hooked. Nothing about this book is "dumbed down" because it's for kids. I've read far too many children's books where it's clear that the author doesn't really understand or remember what it's like to be a kid. Mary Thompson gets it -- she gets that kids aren't stupid, that kids are a lot smarter than we give them credit for, that kids deserve good, complicated stories, too, that kids are capable of understanding advanced language, and that kids can handle dark stories.
I've never read a story quite like this before -- and I read a lot! Evan made one mistake -- a mistake anyone easily could have made, and his whole life is changed because of it. After transforming into the worm-like creature called the Wuftoom, he goes underground to live with his new family and join the ongoing fight against their enemies, the Vitflys. The world Thompson creates is so real, so detailed, and so original that I never once questioned it. Same goes for the creatures -- they're all so vividly described that I often forgot they hadn't existed in fairy tale lore before. I accepted the Wuftoom, the Vitflys, the Higgers, and the Mifties as easily as I would accept more well-known mythical creatures such as vampires or ghosts.
One of the things I loved best about this story was that I never knew what was going to happen. There were surprises around every turn, unpredictable character developments, and lots of tragedy.
I would definitely recommend this book -- to kids or adults. It's an especially enjoying read if you're tired of reading recycled versions of the same stories all the time and are looking for something truly new.
This book was not what I expected. It was pretty dark and twisted for a young adult novel, which is what I liked about it. Thompson does a great job of building up the intrigue, especially in the early parts of the book as the main character, Evan, is going through the change. At one point, the book seems to switch gears after the main concept is passed and the reader is led deeper into the world of the Wuftoom. It seems almost like a whole new story at this point, but somehow, it really works.
As a reader, I like to be able to imagine the characters and scenarios. If I have any criticisms about this book, it is that I had a hard time doing so in a few scenes. I don't want to give anything away, but certain aspects of the Wuftoom were hard for me to envision. Other than that, I found this to be an entertaining read and I would highly recommend for anyone looking for something out of the ordinary.