Title: The Call by Peadar Ó Guilín
Publisher: David Fickling Books
Source: Pansing Singapore
My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Imagine a world where you might disappear any minute, only to find yourself alone in a grey sickly land, with more horrors in it than you would ever wish to know about. And then you hear a horn and you know that whoever lives in this hell has got your scent and the hunt has already begun.
Could you survive the Call?
This was my read on Halloween, because Miss Scaredy Cat over here wanted a little spook to officiate the day!
The Call is a hybrid of The Hunger Games and Divergent with supernatural elements. It has great premise and I absolutely loved the concept. Imagine having a random kid aged 11-16 being sucked into a parallel universe without any warning, and they have to survive a day in the land of Sidhe ( that’s 3 minutes and 4 seconds in human world) from gory creatures who murders them just for the kick of it?
These kids are sent to a school to be equipped with the right set of skills when it’s their time to face the Sidhe. They were taught to strategize even to ruthless kill if they are in any way exposed to the danger. Sadly only one in tens finally make it, and not everyone escaped the Sidhe without life threatening wound or fate.
God, this book is strange in so many levels. Paedar is brilliant in crafting disgusting creatures and those monsters simply took form in my nightmares and creeped me to death. I have witnessed the saddest, and horrible scenes in this book which I can’t simply sleep off. Yeap.
What unsettles me about the book is the writing style. It’s either too abrupt or too slow and not forgetting the important bits of information is everywhere.
Sometimes, I just have the hardest time to follow the story. This is my only issue for the book which isn’t a problem to many others.
If you’re into creative horror stories, I would recommend The Call to accompany your bed time, because when else would be the right time to get the creeps?
Thank you Pansing Singapore for the copy, till the next post guys, take care and happy reading!