Monday, October 11, 2010

Fearscape (The Devouring, #3) by Simon Holt

Title: Fearscape (The Devouring, #3)
Author: Simon Holt
Publisher: Little Brown
Hardcover, 314 pages
Date Published: October 5, 2010

Description (Taken from Goodreads):
The Vours: evil, demonic beings that inhabit human bodies on Sorry Night, the darkest hours of the Winter Solstice. It's been a year since Reggie first discovered the Vours, and the Winter Solstice is approaching once again. It will be another night of unspeakable horror for those unlucky enough to be taken by the Vours, because this time, she won't be able to stop them. The Vours have imprisoned Reggie in a psychiatric hospital, where she is subjected to a daily routine of unfathomably sadistic experiments. Her life is a living Hell, but she won't give up. They attacked her brother. They killed her friend. And Reggie will never stop fighting back.
After the cliffhanger ending in Soulstice, Fearscape opens up with an unrelenting pace and the gruesome, creepy happenings that I’ve come to expect from Simon Holt. Much like its predecessors, this third book in the series (is it the final one?) finds Reggie traipsing through fearscapes, but this time, there’s so much more to the story.

The world that Holt built in The Devouring really feels like it’s coming full circle here and there are many more answers than questions. Everything that Reggie has gone through has changed her and Holt explores those changes in disturbing ways. The fearscapes are still brutal, vivid, and disturbing; maybe even more so now. This one is a little darker than the last two, not in a graphic way, but in a more despairing, depressing way. Reggie has gone through hell and it shows. Saving her brother, Henry, from the Vours has cost her a lot and Holt doesn’t want the reader to forget that

While I did really enjoy this installment, it didn’t have the same feel to it as the other two. The emotional connection that was there before wasn’t nearly as strong this time around. Holt spent so much time developing such strong characters in the previous two books, but he pushes their emotions aside here to go straight for a blood-curdling, bone-chilling frightfest.

The plot did need to move away from simply going into fearscapes and advance to something more, but Holt seemed to forget how his characters would feel in certain situations a bit in order to accomplish that. I did still enjoy the book though. Holt doesn’t disappoint when it comes to the chills and thrills department and I won’t lie in saying that I was happy to see Quinn take on such a large role. Vour Quinn was easily my favorite character in the last book, so having any form of Quinn was awesome.

The development of Vour world was also nicely handled and the science behind it was interesting. With more than just Aaron and Reggie delving into this fear world, the story opens up quite a bit, so we get to explore other lives affected by the Vours.

Fearscape takes the nightmare world to a new level and even though the ending did seem like it could be the conclusion, I hope we get more of Reggie’s story.

Opening line (from ch. 1): “What fresh hell today, Dr. Evil?” ~ pg. 3

Favorite line(s): She was soaking, and shivering, and bleeding, and tired, and starved, and maybe even part monster, but something inexplicable had found root in her dark and hardened heart. It was tiny, no more than a speck, but it was enough to make her drop her hand away from her neck and sweep the sharp edges of mirror into the wastebasket. It was hope. ~ pg. 191
*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it. 

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Tuning Into YA Books said...

Omg! I got so scared by the first two books! Can't wait to read it

Jill of The O.W.L. said...

After the ending of the second book I cannot wait to read this one!!!!

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