Monday, January 27, 2020

Review: WOLF IN WHITE VAN by John Darnielle

Rating: 2/5 stars

This book is unlike anything I’ve ever read before. It’s strange, but it draws you in. At first I had no idea what it was about, no idea what was going on, but as I kept reading and immersing myself in the story, everything started to make sense as my mind painted a picture of what was happening.

This is the kind of story I’d recommend starting without knowing anything about it. Chapter three is where it really hooked me and made me curious about our protagonist and his story and the overarching story and mostly the setting.

The setting is what’s the most unique: this book is set in this world, but it’s also set in an imagined savage futuristic version of this world. Sean has created this world as a sort of game and has a mail-in business where he sends you pieces of the story and you choose your path and then he sends you the corresponding piece of what happens next. Just the whole concept was fascinating to me.

I really enjoyed the authorial voice and the stream of consciousness writing style here. I haven’t read very many books that sound like this one did in my head but Sean notices things about the world that I loved reading about. This was the best part of the book in my opinion.

I don’t really have a lot more to say about Wolf in White Van because I’m intentionally trying to remain as vague as possible, but I think you should give this book a shot, at least. It has a very intriguing story, a protagonist with vivid imaginations, an interesting dual setting, and a little bit of a mystery aspect that will keep you invested until the literal last page. I didn’t expect to enjoy this as much as I did but I’m glad I gave it a chance because it was a breath of fresh air. Although I will say that the ending was kind of confusing.

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