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Feral de Holly Schindler
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Feral (edició 2014)

de Holly Schindler (Autor)

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"After Claire Can survives a brutal attack in Chicago, she and her father move to Peculiar, Missouri, where she discovers the body of a high-school girl and realizes that she cannot escape her past"--
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Títol:Feral
Autors:Holly Schindler (Autor)
Informació:HarperTeen (2014), 432 pages
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Feral is a slow read, it shouldn't be a slow read, with barely over four-hundred pages you'd expect a brisk read or a speedy read, some late-night quickie, but this does not deliver such.

There is a great deal of repetition I never expected to notice, but with how some lines promote deja vu, I found myself rereading parts. Phrases you could turn a drinking game into may well include: fat tail, dragging something, entrails, and fog. The cats eat mice and for some reason it's hyper focused on. Towards the end, it really gets darker, a weird detailing of a wound, a description of a gutted rat dragged across a bed, and opened food sounding a touch too gross. These moments really stand out because the rest of the book is not on par with this Stephen King-esque manner of description and instead mostly describe a dress as gossamer or a houses' interior. Just to veer into a description of guts around the end.

The cats are not evil, I saw some people here and elsewhere say the cats are written as bad or evil, but in fact, they're written as cats. Feral cats. There is a great danger in feral cat populations, and this book does address that well.

Serena after death is a massive ass, like straight out malicious, and in many ways it ruins any pity for her character. She dies and her soul lingers, but her actions towards the MC are truly malicious, cruel, and she makes numerous murder attempts. The end of the book tries to wave these crimes away, say they never really happened, but then turns around and shows Serena still messing with people, proving it's not the MC's mental illness.

If the writer meant for a fake out or double fake out, they handled it messily, the ending reads like it's all supposed to be Claire's mental illness/disorder that's why everything was seen and perceived a certain way, but within the ending we have the opposite said, Serena IS lingering, and she IS manipulating things and making things happen. Thus Serena gets no redemption, even in death, Claire's therapy is extended because there's actually spirits but she simply "accepts" she made it all up because, you know, mentally unwell.

This book isn't awful, first third or fourth is fun, pulls you in, but the rest is a slog, you either binge read it or you get burned out. It took me longer than I wanted to finish this book off. A real shame. I would recommend, but it's not a good book to reread until years have passed between the first reading. ( )
  Yolken | Nov 3, 2019 |
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Feral is definitely a book all in its own. I thought I knew what was happening only to be shown that not everything is what it seems.

There were a few times with Claire annoyed me, but I think she puts on a brave face when trying to get over what happened to her before she moved to Peculiar. The only thing is, she starts seeing things that aren’t there, and that trigger her memories of what happened in Chicago. She doesn’t want to tell anyone because she thinks they’ll tell her she’s crazy. Which is what I thought for most of the book.

The beginning starts off a little slow, but it quickly picks up after she finds the body of a student in Peculiar. Finding this body pushes her to find out what happened to Serena. I thought I had everything pegged down, but then my thoughts on who did it go another direction. There are definitely a couple of gory scenes. I admire that Schindler described the incidents in detail. I don’t mean to sound morbid, but she made the events as real to the reader as she could.


The only thing I didn’t care for were all the cats. It was creepy at first, but then it went a little overboard with their appearances. But even with that Feral is still an enjoyable and twisted read.



 

 

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  BookishThings | Mar 23, 2016 |
Tried to be horror but couldn't commit. Not well written enough to justify slogging through. ( )
  sparemethecensor | Jun 17, 2015 |
After Claire Can survives a brutal attack in Chicago, she and her father move to Peculiar, Missouri, where she discovers the body of a high-school girl and realizes that she cannot escape her past. ( )
  ShellyPYA | Dec 19, 2014 |
The premise of this book sounded very intriguing. The story was dark. More than I expected it to me. I thought this book was going to have the feel of the movie by horror author, Stephen King called "Sleepwalkers". I can remember that movie it was freaky with all the cats. Which this book did have a little of that movie feel to it. Again I would not recommend this book for the younger readers and those who can't handle gore. This book again is dark and has gore. Also, the book starts out with an almost rape scene. Even with all of this being said, I still found the book just alright. The characters were fine not boring and not wow. They are like any other characters in a book.

I was looking forward to what Claire's big talent was that tied the whole story together. Sadly, it was not much. In fact, I was like "That is all". The ending was not a surprise, It was easy to follow along with what had happened. So you could say that the ending was a disppointment as I was hoping the author would build the reveal up more. ( )
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