TITLE: It Devours!
AUTHOR: Joseph Fink; Jeffrey Cranor
PUBLISHER: Harper Perennial
Quote: “Sometimes it’s okay to find something beautiful without correctly understanding it.”
Overview: Nilanjana is an outisder scientist living in the Southwestern town of Night Vale - a town with shapeshifting residents, police working for vague menacing governmental agencies, Big Rico’s pizza and the Joyous Congregation of the Smiling God. After a mysterious rumbling in the desert outskirts of town and a number of residents going missing, Nilanjana begins to investigate what’s going on and who is causing it. Throughout the story, science and religion collide, walk hand-in-hand and dance together as Nilanjana becomes close to Darryl, a member of the Joyous Congregation, which Nilanjana believes is the source of these rumblings and missing people. She asks him for help to uncover what might be going on behind closed doors. Can they trust each other? Can their opposing beliefs ever see eye to eye to help save the people of Night Vale?
Analysis: It Devours! is derived from the “Welcome to Night Vale” podcast. The book is filled with sarcasm, irony and many tongue-in-cheek situations. Almost too many. I found the story to be drawn out and, at many points, boring. The book tried to be overly witty constantly and that deducted greatly from the plot and character development. While reading I felt indifferent to the story and the characters. Even with an understanding of the podcast, I thought the story was too all over the place and absurd to thoroughly enjoy or even completely follow. Maybe if you’re a devout fan of the podcast you will enjoy this book, but I would not recommend this to the average reader.
Conclusion: Though I really wanted to love this book, unfortunately I don’t think it’s worth the time it takes to read it.
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