Wednesday, March 21, 2012
REVIEW: Abarat: Absolute Midnight by Clive Barker
Author: Clive Barker
Date Published: September 2011
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Page Count: 569 pages
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
So in the third installment of the Abarat series, the action is really starting to pick up. The third book almost ends where the other left off, and the Abarat in is turmoil, thanks to Mater Motley and her impending Absolute Midnight.
I would talk more about the plot of the book, but I can't really do that without giving things away, and I don't want to do that because I WANT YOU TO READ IT. I want you to read this entire series.
I will say that we see even more in character development in this book for Candy and with other characters, and there are a few heart wrenching moments and a few that will make your skin crawl a little, but that's Mr. Barker for you. I liked the pace that we went at, there was never a dull moment.
But the best part of this book: THE ILLUSTRATIONS. Oh my gosh. Barker did a lot of paintings to go along with this book. Some are just random scenery, some are of the characters in the book, or some of the fantastic creatures that live in the Abarat. I really wish that I had read the illustrated versions of the previous two novels. There is SO MUCH imagery in these books that to have the painting go along with the words really adds to the story. Some of the creatures are hard to visualize, or when you do visualize them they're not as horrifying as some of the painting make them out to be and I LOVED IT.
I also loved that at the beginnings of some of the parts of the book, there were little poems that were accompanied with an illustration and the poems were usually written by someone from the book and I thought that was a really nice touch. I took pictures of those and ended up flooding Tumblr and Twitter because I love them so much. Hence, the picture you see above.
Overall, I loved this book, it was my favorite in the series and I wish I could talk more about the plot, but like I said I don't want to give anything away, but you can read my reviews for Abarat and Abarat: Days of Magic, Nights of War and the synopsis on Goodreads for this book and decide for yourself if you would like to read it, but YOU REALLY SHOULD. 5 out of 5 stars.
Think you might want to give this book a try? Read other reviews or order from Amazon.com Abarat: Absolute Midnight by Clive Barker