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Book Review of "The Gathering" by Isobelle Carmody

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´╗┐Anna Nguyen 9.1 The Gathering by Isobelle Carmody The thrilling, supernatural, action packed book combined with the fantasy of a smouldering, blood sucking, creature of the night, ahem Edward, is what gets the heart and attention of young teenagers today. Although judging from the cover of ?The Gathering? by Isobelle Carmody, I would have never expected to discover a world so similar and possibly more exhilarating. The Gathering is a peculiar combination of all things supernatural, making it difficult to put down and impossible to forget. From the very first chapter, I was instantly intrigued and captivated by the world I was in, and little did I expect the next 3 hours would bring me not only excitement, but into the inner workings of the mind. She has intricately woven the metaphorical demons and angst of a teenager?s rite of passage through a unique and haunting setting that was simply impossible to be drawn away from. ...read more.


The dark and suspenseful tone in Carmody?s writing is what makes this novel a must read. Cheshunt has an eerie and uncanny atmosphere which was a very different reading experience but surprisingly very enjoyable and entertaining. The Gathering is undoubtedly rather dark with murder and mayhem and, at times, even downright gross, but it?s just the kind of grossness that will delight young readers. The novel dwells on the prospect of evil, and how everyone has the potential to be evil. A notion that remains a critical part of our everyday existence, as we ourselves all battle between the right and wrong choices in our lives. Underpinning all of this is a sense of quirkiness and gloom towards the characters of the novel as well as its setting that somehow works together and gives the novel a dark touch. Cheshunt, from the outside, seems like a prestigious, ordinary town, but Nathanial soon discovers that Cheshunt and everything about it is anything but ordinary. ...read more.


Carmody has created such characters in which it is impossible to not grow a close connection and understanding towards. Indian?s compassion and kind heartedness, Nissa?s intelligence and Danny?s strong nature all contrast each other, bringing out the best in everyone. The antagonist of the novel, Mr Karl, was one of the most despised characters I have ever read. He showed neither compassion nor mercy towards Nathaniel and seized every possible chance to make Nathaniel?s life a living hell. He is indeed the kind of character that you love to hate and hate to love. Carmody has brought out the best in her beloved characters and worst in her enemies; which is why The Gathering is a book that needs to be reckon with. The Gathering is an exceptional read, full of quirky and strange things, making it one of the best young adult novels of all times. The fun, unique characters combined with the ominous setting and plot makes Carmody?s novel a must read this summer. ...read more.

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