Saturday, 27 September 2014
Review: Eren by Simon P. Clark
Format: Hardcover / eBook
Released: September 18th, 2014
People are keeping secrets from Oli. His mum has brought him to stay with his aunt and uncle in the countryside, but nobody will tell him why his dad isn't with them. Where is he? Has something happened? Oli has a hundred questions, but then he finds a secret of his own: he discovers the creature that lives in the attic. Eren. Eren is not human. Eren is hungry for stories. Eren has been waiting for him. Sharing his stories with Eren, Oli starts to make sense of what's happening downstairs with his family. But what if it's a trap? Soon, Oli must make a choice: learn the truth - or abandon himself to Eren's world, forever.
Eren was an unusual book and one I'm not sure I liked or not. I liked the idea and the way it was written, but my main problem was the characters. I didn't connect with any of them, which was a shame because I really wanted it to be as brilliant as it sounded.
The way the story was told - as a story - was a great way to learn about Eren and his past. He was a fascinating creature steeped in ambiguity, and he was definitely my favourite part of the book. I only wish he'd been in it more, but he only appeared sporadically, usually at the beginning of chapters. His old age and knowledge of the world made him an interesting thread in this story, and I can't help but wish it had just been about him.
Eren was more of a coming of age story centred around Oli. It focused more on his family situation and how he came to arrive in Eren's life, and how Eren and his new friends helped him get through the absence of his father. Oli's story wasn't bad in any way, but I don't think it was enough to carry this book. Had I had more of an affinity with the characters then I'm sure I would have thought differently.
I still honestly don't know what I feel about Eren; I didn't love it but I didn't hate it, so I guess that puts me somewhere in the middle. I think had it been longer then Eren's story could have been more fleshed out, and we might actually have learned more about what he is and where he comes from. As it stands, he still remains a mystery that I would have liked to be able to solve.