Monday, April 29, 2013

Abarat: Absolute Midnight by Clive Barker

midnightDescription (from Goodreads): "Abarat: Absolute Midnight continues the thrilling adventures of Candy Quackenbush in the Abarat, a vast archipelago where every island is a different hour of the day—from The Great Head that sits in the mysterious twilight waters of Eight in the Evening to the sunlit wonders of Three in the Afternoon, where dragons roam, to the dark terrors of Gorgossium, the island of Midnight, ruled over by the evil Mater Motley. With villains resurrected and morphed and the Old Mother of darkness herself, Mater Motley, at the heart of a ruthless scheme, Abarat is in danger of being destroyed forever.

Mater Motley plans to create a darkness so complete that it blots out every glimpse of the light and vanquishes the sun, moon, and stars from the Abarat, ending all hope and happiness. Her hour has come—she is prepared to unleash the end of the world. When evil begins rising from the sea, tumbles The Great Head, and sets islands aflame, the Abarat is filled with fear.

Only one person can stop her—Candy Quackenbush from Chickentown, U.S.A., a heroine who has traveled between the Hereafter and the Abarat. She valiantly fights for the sake of her friends and her mother and to speak and act for those who have no voice. Candy and her crew battle on to ultimately defuse Mater Motley and rescue the 7,000 who have survived, with the message that even in the face of this terror and loss, they may find hope. An enthralling ride, with nonstop action, adventure, and suspense, Barker has delivered an epic dystopian battle."

Okay, well first thing first, I feel like I should explain my rating for this book which is a 4/5. I have a few complaints for this book. More than I would probably have for a book I would give 4/5, however, I finished the book in like two days. I really couldn't put it down, the book over all probably would have gotten a 3/5 if I had been able to put the book down all things considering. Okay, now for the rest of my review.

Alright, the book started off all fine, however, for a good, I don't know third of the book, Candy is dealing with Princess Boa. This really wouldn't be much of a problem, if this whole Boa thing had to do with what was going on later on in the book. And, honestly I found it a bit boring after a bit, I just wanted to get it over and done it, I was all but skimming it after awhile, if it hadn't been for the other things that were going on I probably would have put the book down. Never mind the fact that Boa is nothing like the way we were led to believe. I wonder if maybe there's more to it than we think?

Speaking of Boa, after she and Candy "split" she runs off, and we don't really see her again. She goes to find Finnegan, who I thought would play a big part in this book, who I was looking forward to doing more. However, he really did nothing. So I wasn't very happy with that.

There is another part where Candy "dreams" and goes to visit her mother. A number of things happen. What it really has to do with the rest of the story, I still have no idea. I guess it's really just one of those things we have to hope actually has to deal with the bigger picture and will come up again in a later book. One of my favorite parts did happen while Candy was dreaming so while it all seemed kind of crazy at least it was something I did enjoy.

Then, then, we actually get into the actual plot stuff, finally. But then, for some random unknown reason Candy is given a love interest, "Gazza". Two-thirds, into the third book, Candy is given a love interest. And, no it isn't a known character which would make sense. No this is a random character who came out of nowhere and somehow, these two know that they are MADE for each other (and the L word is being thrown around). Or some BS like. Now, don't get me wrong, from the second book I was kind of thinking something of a Finnegan thing myself, and I know some people see the whole Carrion thing. However, there was this one little part, when Candy lost her memory while she was dreaming (long story) and her memories returned. It was when her memories of Malingo returned when she's calling out his name in her sleep and I just went: "Oh I guess I see that." It was just this cute part and I thought after that if she would have been given a love interest at any part later on especially after that that it probably would be Malingo. Because seriously, who would really call their friend's name like that, I don't really care how close you are.

Granted on his own this character "Gazza" wouldn't be so bad, however, the characters don't even know him yet when Candy isn't around, he seems to be the "leader", just what? They just met the guy and he gets to play boss? And, in the end, guess who ended up going to save Candy? It sure as hell wasn't the guy thinking he couldn't live without her! Okay, it was one of the guys who thought they couldn't live without her, it just wasn't Gazza. There were other new characters I did like, the first introduced character Zephario who we learn quickly is related to Mater Motley and Christopher Carrion. We also finally introduced to the Commexo Kid, who is well known in Abarat, but we don't actually get to see, though his father Rojo Pixler, made an appearance or two I believe in the past. I was a bit confused on their outcome, I think I'm going to have to go back and reread Pixler's battle with Mater Motley, I imagine we haven't really seen the last of them.

The ending was incredibly disappointing. I don't think I could really explain it. I was rather satisfied with the second book's ending, so I was hoping for something similar with this one, it just didn't happen. I'm just hoping that the next book is better.

This is a book from my own personally library.

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