In my last post, I predicted that Jack would live with his grandparents and Ma would stay in a mental health Facility. I was close to the actual ending of the book. When Ma attempted suicide she stayed in the Clinic and Jack stayed with his grandma and steppa (step-grandpa). The actual ending of the book resulted in Jack and Ma living in an apartment together with at home care. Jack and Ma also revisited the room and Jack described it as a crater “A hole where something happened”. I do think this was an effective way to end the novel. One thing I would change would be to hear Ma’s actual name.
The language in this book gave a terrifying situation a childish tone. When Jack said goodbye to all of the items that he had treated as his friends it gave him closure from a dark time in his life. With the book being told from Jack’s views we can see his innocence and allow for him to sugar coat the scary situation that he and his mother are in. I think that the author decided to write the book like this because then when Jack is back into the world learning about all of the new things we can see his lust to stay in captivity.
The most confusing aspect of the book was in the beginning with Jack speaking to all the things in his room. I found it difficult to understand for quite some time. Another thing I found difficult to understand was when Jack was breastfeeding. Jack just described it as “having some” witch took me quite sometime to understand. This affected how I read the book because I would commonly reread these parts of the book.
I rate this book 4.5 out of 5 stars. I would highly recommend. This book is a difficult read but it is a very emotional and terrifying novel. It constantly had my attention and it gave me a new way to look at our world and environment.
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