Monday, 25 February 2013
Review: The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson
From the minute I finished The Name of the Star I knew I had to read the second instalment to find out what happens with Rory and the rest of the gang. When I saw The Madness Underneath on netgalley I didn't hesitate and requested it immediatley. The Madness Underneath picks up after the events that ended The Name of the Star. We get to see how Rory is dealing with what happened and the consequences that come from it.
The very first chapter grabs you attention, with paranormal activity and a gruesome murder you can't help but read on, wanting to find out what really happened or if anything else will occur. After her attack Rory is sent home to her parents, and misses school, but her therapist thinks that it would be better for Rory to return to Wexford and help her get back into a routine. But is returning to Wexford really what is best for Rory, or is it just going to make matters worse.
While I don't want to give too much away with the plot and what happens, just know that I really enjoyed The Madness Underneath. Even though I finished the first book in 2011, it was easy to pick up this one and jump straight back into the world Maureen has created. Jazza is just as awesome and amazing as she previously was, and I love how she is there for Rory, helping her overcome her fear or revisiting the place of her attack, and just being a friend and person to talk to. I forgot how much I liked Rory, her personality jumps out of the pages and you can't help but get emotionally attached to her. I love her rambling when she is nervous and how she spouts out random stories which don't always follow the theme of the conversation or situation she is in. Yes she makes some silly mistakes, but having to deal with what she can do and not really have a person who understands or willing to listen to her will obviously make her drawn to the wrong crowd. I did want to slap her a couple of times to try to knock some sense into her, but I was happy to see I didn't have to do it when she eventually comes to her senses.
It was good to see the rest of the gang back, and while they do help Rory in some situations, there is more distance between them which I think was hard for Rory to deal with at certain parts of the book. They know what Rory is capable of, but to me it didn't seem like the bond that they previously had was there, like it was frayed in some places.
One things I really disliked was the ending. Nooooooooooo, how can it end like that, now I have to wait forever to find out what happens next and I know it's going to be the longest wait ever.