Book Review: The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay
ashley | I’ve been wanting to read something by Paul Tremblay for a while now and just haven’t gotten around to it. When I got access to an ARC of The Cabin at the End of the World, I was finally able to feed my curiosity.
As I get older, I find I find I’ve grown far more untrusting and paranoid of human reaction and panic. I think that’s my biggest fear; not something happening, but the way people react when something happens. In that sense, I found this book terrifying. Strangers who show up on a quiet family vacation. We have no context, no background to the overall story and we have no idea whether they mean well or not. That is my biggest nightmare, having to choose which road to travel and who to believe.
That’s about the extent of the words I have for this story. I’m still mulling it over and not really sure what happened. What I do know is that this was an incredibly clever concept and it was executed well. I loved the family, specifically 7 year old Wen, who was adorable and smart and so fearless. But I also really liked the mix of strangers. With the intimate time we spend in the cabin with all these people, it’s hard not to get to know them a bit and feel for them a bit.
That’s about all you get to know, though. There are so many question and not enough answers and I can’t say I felt any real satisfaction in the end. I don’t want to say anything to give anything away, but I think I wanted some further explanation on things that I felt could have been given without fully laying it all out for us.
The book is super tense and suspenseful, building on the paranoia and uncertainty of all the unknowns and people being trapped in a small space. It’s violent at times, a bit preachy at others, but it was an interesting and unique read, I look forward to reading more of Tremblay’s work.
june 26, 2018