Format: Paperback ARC
Rating 1-5: (5 is an excellent or starred review): 3
What did you like about the book? As a fan of the Five Nights at Freddy’s game series, this book was a teaser for some of the lore and unanswered questions of the game. There are even a few scenes/shots straight from the games, but changed just slightly so they’re more like Easter eggs.
We follow Charlie, a girl from a small town called Hurricane- where, supposedly, no one ever leaves. She spent her childhood with her friends in a pizzeria owned by her father. She’s come back to town after the death of a childhood friend, the cause unknown. There’s a tension in the air as the estranged friends find themselves looking (Scooby Doo-like) for answers. And you don’t need to know anything about the FNAF games to enjoy this book. It’s a good light horror graphic novel for those new or hesitant about scary things and a good abridged version of the original novel of the same name.
Anything you didn’t like about it? I would be interested to see what this story is like in full color pages because there may be some confusion for readers from the start. I personally was confused, or at least having difficulty remembering characters’ names post page 11. There’s a set group of characters for a few pages before several more characters and their families are added in. It could be a deterrent for hesitant readers who might want to get to know the characters before they start splitting into groups.
Additionally, something I was hoping would change between the original novel and the graphic novel, is that it still reads young. The plot, characters, and style all feel young, but I’m not sure it should be.
To whom would you recommend this book? Those looking for more Five Nights at Freddy’s content, video game-style books, or light horror.
Who should buy this book? Libraries and bookstores.
Where would you shelve it? Horror
Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Not unless you’re a fan of the FNAF franchise.
Christina, Thayer Public Library, Braintree MA
Date of review: 1/7/20