I think that Jeff VanderMeer’s mind is truly out of this world. All of the characters could only be described as unhinged and odd, and I personally loved it. I feel like it’s Alice in Wonderland if the characters had the frenzy of bloodthirsty Twitter users. Reading this was a massive ordeal, and it was tiring in the beginning when I was genuinely trying to understand each character and every nuance that appears. There are so many aspects of the story that trying to make sense of it all will doom you. That is not how this book should be read. I just started to read this for the fun of the plot, and that was an amazing choice. This book was somewhat horrifying. Suffice to say, the entire storyline was super intense. I feel like VanderMeer purposely looked at preexisting whimsical stories and cranked the exposure and contrast levels up to 100. When I stopped trying to figure this book out, I really started to enjoy it. If there are any avid lovers of Alice in Wonderland, they might want to read this. There were so many characters that it was unreal. I was really invested in some, then they simply never came back. This book is dense with inspiration. It was so unpredictable, but it made sense at the same time. This is the most absurd thing I have ever read. There are so many things that are never explained why they were the way they were, and I think it’s better off that way. Nobody takes any situation logically-- it’s just accepted in all of its quirkiness and the plot moves on. I really love this. It’s probably one of my favorite books now.
About This Book
The first book in a new YA fantasy duology from a bestselling genre-expanding master, about a teenager who embarks on a quest to protect the world from an alternate universe where magic abounds and history has been rewritten. After Jonathan Lambshead’s elusive grandfather dies, the recently orphaned teenager inherits the family mansion—and its contents. Jonathan soon discovers that the mansion’s basement holds more than just oddities: three doors serve as portals, with one leading to an alt-Earth called Aurora, where magic abounds, history has been re-written, and an occult dictator called Aleister Crowley leads an army pillaging alt-Europe. Jonathan learns of his destiny as a member of The Order, a secret society devoted to keeping our world separate from Aurora, and embarks on an epic quest to protect Earth from Crowley’s dark magic. Over the course of the duology, Jonathan uncovers more of the worlds outside of our own, the magic that permeates them, his own destiny, and the secrets buried in his family history.