Imagine if the show Stranger Things focused more on the Upside Down. Picture the sense of growing desperation when those meant to protect people from The Gray are unable to do so. Add a group of town Founders who are definitely not what they seem, and teens with uncanny abilities, and you’ve got the perfectly creepy cocktail that is The Devouring Gray.
After the unexpected death of her sister, Violet Saunders and her mother move to the small town of Four Paths. There, she learns of The Gray- and the horrible monster that lives there. She also finds out things about herself that she hadn’t known before, things that are a wee bit unsettling, to say the least.
Along with Justin Hawthorne, Isaac Sullivan, and Harper Carlisle, children of the founding families with secrets of their own, Violet is thrown into the midst of a violent struggle against The Gray.
This book was eerie fun! It’s familiar enough that there’s no exposition necessary, (family member dies, teen dragged to small town), but different enough to be engaging. In fact, halfway through I realized that I didn’t want to put it down.
The characters were all interesting, and each had their own separate issues they were dealing with, which meant that none of them was superfluous. I would love to learn more about Isaac; I feel like there’s a lot more to him just waiting to be revealed.
Another fantastic thing about this book is the angst was kept to a manageable level (on a scale of 1- Toby Mcguire’s Spiderman, it was about a 4), and it focused on other types of relationships, making the story much more three-dimensional. By the end of the book, I got annoyed any time I had to pause to rejoin the real world.
This is a creepy, fun book that’s absolutely worth reading. I suggest picking it up the next time you’re at the bookstore.
Have you read this? What did you think?