[REVIEW] The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

In this ingenious and captivating re imagining of Rudyard Kipling's classic adventure The Jungle Book, Neil Gaiman tells the unforgettable story of Nobody Owens, a living, breathing boy whose home is a graveyard, raised by a guardian who belongs neither to the mortal world nor the realm of the dead. Among the mausoleums and headstones of his home, Bod experiences things most mortals can barely imagine. But real, flesh-and-blood danger waits just outside the cemetery walls: the man who murdered the infant Bod's family will not rest until he finds Nobody Owens and finishes the job he began many years ago.

A #1 New York Times bestseller and winner of many international awards, including the Hugo Award for best novel and the Locus Award, The Graveyard Book is a glorious meditation on love, loss, survival, and sacrifice . . . and what it means to truly be alive.

My Review:

I went into this book with zero expectations because I've heard both good and bad things about it. I heard it was supposed to be like the Jungle Book so I guess I did have a small expectation for the story.

The story didn't seem like the jungle book at all to me. It has a boy who was left alone to rained by someone/thing else but nothing else was similar. 

I didn't understand why the Jack's of all trades had to kill the entire family. It was the jumping off point of the story but if Bod was the one to end all the Jack's why did they kill his entire family and not just the boy? We never really learned what the Jack's do and why they are obviously the antagonist of the story but we never get anything more from them. 

I loves the adventure that Bod had throughout the graveyard. The ghost really treated him like he was one of them. 

I was frustrated with the ending of the book. Why was Bod sent out into the world to live on his own at the age of 15? That just seems rather young to start a life , especially for someone who was raised in a graveyard by ghost. I was bothered that his family started to become invisible to him. That was the saddest part of the book.

Overall, I did enjoy the  story. I think I would have enjoyed it more if there was more details. I gave this book 4/5 stars

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