Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Mini Review: The Boy in the Tower by Polly Ho-Yen


Title: Boy in the Tower
Author: Polly Ho-Yen
Genre: Young Adult
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Random House Children's Publishers
Publication Date: 3rd July 2014

Tell Me About It
When they first arrived, they came quietly and stealthily as if they tip-toed into the world when we were all looking the other way.

Ade loves living at the top of a tower block. From his window, he feels like he can see the whole world stretching out beneath him.

His mum doesn't really like looking outside - but it's going outside that she hates.

She's happier sleeping all day inside their tower, where it's safe.

But one day, other tower blocks on the estate start falling down around them and strange, menacing plants begin to appear.

Now their tower isn't safe anymore. Ade and his mum are trapped and there's no way out . . .
My Thoughts
I first heard about The Boy in the Tower at blogger brunch and when I found it on netgalley had to request it. It sounded like it would be a quick but great read and I couldn't wait to dive in.

Ade lives in a tower block with this Mum, who we quickly learn is agoraphobic. He does a lot of things for himself, shopping, cooking, etc, so when the Bulchers strike he is left to try and deal with the beginnings of this invasion, but also try to keep himself and his Mum safe.

When I began reading The Boy in the Tower I wasn't hooked like I thought I would be. Honestly, I carried on reading to find out more about these strange plants, and wondered what would happen to Ade and his Mum. I felt like the lead up and introduction to these plants and what was going on felt too long, and when the 'real stuff' starts to happen it felt over far too fast. I wanted to know more about the plants, the reason for their appearance, and why they did what they did. But I didn't get any of that, just that the plants are there, that they damage building and kill people.

I did however like the underlining plot of The Boy in the Tower. Of having strong friendships, trusting others in times of need, and also helping out, working as a team to survive. So while I was disappointed in the story and the plot itself, as a whole The boy in the Tower was an okay read.

Purchase Links: Amazon USA|Amazon UK

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