Book Review: Absolute Midnight by Clive Barker

Absolute Midnight
Abarat #3
Author: Clive Barker
Reading Level: YA
Genre: Fantasy/Horror
Released: September 27th 2011
Review Source: HarperTeen
Available: Amazon

Summary: (from goodreads) Abarat: Absolute Midnight continues the thrilling adventures of Candy Quackenbush in the Abarat, a vast archipelago where every island is a different hour of the day—from The Great Head that sits in the mysterious twilight waters of Eight in the Evening to the sunlit wonders of Three in the Afternoon, where dragons roam, to the dark terrors of Gorgossium, the island of Midnight, ruled over by the evil Mater Motley. With villains resurrected and morphed and the Old Mother of darkness herself, Mater Motley, at the heart of a ruthless scheme, Abarat is in danger of being destroyed forever.

Mater Motley plans to create a darkness so complete that it blots out every glimpse of the light and vanquishes the sun, moon, and stars from the Abarat, ending all hope and happiness. Her hour has come—she is prepared to unleash the end of the world. When evil begins rising from the sea, tumbles The Great Head, and sets islands aflame, the Abarat is filled with fear.

Only one person can stop her—Candy Quackenbush from Chickentown, U.S.A., a heroine who has traveled between the Hereafter and the Abarat. She valiantly fights for the sake of her friends and her mother and to speak and act for those who have no voice. Candy and her crew battle on to ultimately defuse Mater Motley and rescue the 7,000 who have survived, with the message that even in the face of this terror and loss, they may find hope. An enthralling ride, with nonstop action, adventure, and suspense, Barker has delivered an epic dystopian battle.

I started reading this book with the best of intentions, as I do with every book. The summary looked sort of interesting, but after a few chapters in I was just having a hard time getting into it. So I went on to Goodreads to read some of the reviews to see what others were saying about it. Many people really liked it and some didn’t. So I went back to try and read some more. I don’t know if its because this is the third one in the series and I haven’t read the others so I was feeling lost, or if there were other reasons, but I just couldn't seem to get into it.

Please do not get discouraged by my review and not read this book. This author is great and this series seems to have a lot of devoted followers. So even though it really isn’t for me, you may enjoy it and possibly even think it is the best read ever!

1 comment:

  1. Clive Barker definitely isn't for everyone. I can't read most of his books. They are extremely dark and disturbing for the most part. The fact that the author of The Books Of Blood (Hellraiser) wrote a YA series horrifies me to be honest.


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