Room by Emma Donoghue
Publisher: Hachette Book Group
Source: Publisher for Review
Summary from the Publisher:
Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it's not enough...not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, one that relies on her young son's bravery and a lot of luck. What she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.
It's been a while since I've read a book that I've felt was truly original, but Room is unlike anything I have ever read before. There were a couple of instances where I thought the plot was a little weak, but in order to move the story forward, I think this was necessary. This didn't impact my overall enjoyment of the book, but was a little distracting to me at the time.
Room is told completely from Jack's point of view. His five-year-old voice took me a little while to get used to, but once I did, I loved it. Through Jack's eyes I could easily see how confusing the world could be. His Ma did a wonderful job of explaining things to him, but some things just need to be seen and experienced to be fully understood.
I was completely invested in Room while I was reading, but it's one of those books I can't stop thinking about now that it's over. The story was left open ended, not in an unfinished way, but rather it left me wanting more. Room has been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. 4.5 stars, very good+