The Cabin At the End of the World is intense, tension filled, and unlike anything I’ve read before. I will have you guessing what is real and what is not. It constantly ask you the reader to decide if you believe what certain characters believe? and if you were in the same situation what you you do? There are plenty of WTF moments filled with gore. If I had to describe this book comparing other works I would say it’s Stephen King’s The Mist meets Tracy Letts’ Bug (the play), it was adapted into a movie starring Michal Shannon, Harry Connick Jr., and Ashley Judd directed by William Friedkin who directed The Exorcist but those works bring the perfect mash-up of belief verses paranoia.
The Plot: Wen and her two dads (Eric and Andrew) spend a vacation at a remote cabin in the woods far away from society. Wen meets Leonard a seemingly lost stranger, while she hunts grasshoppers. Leonard seems nice but also something seems off about him almost a fake nicety, he helps Wen hunt grasshoppers, when three other strangers (Sabrina, Adriane, and Redmond) show up brandishing weapons. Leonard knows them but doesn’t call them friends, he apologizes for what’s about to happen. Wen runs inside to cabin to her dads and quickly telling the situation. They lockdown the cabin but the strangers are determined, saying all they need to talk to Wen and her family because they are the key to saving the world. Where in most novels this would be the start of a heroes journey, but in this story this is the start of a nightmare, that will ask Wen and her family to sacrifice everything!
What I Liked: The gay couple is handled really well there love feels very real and not fake at all. I loved the character of Wen, you are immediately captivated how she sees the world and life in it. The strangers are all written really well, I could’ve had a more of their background and beliefs, their story gets interesting when we finally get the background of some and how they found the calling. The writing is really good very detailed, you know where every piece of furniture is in the cabin. The WTF moment is so good it comes so fast with out explanation, you get it later, but it was one of the most shocking moments I’ve ever read. The plot is simple but it is executed really well.
What I disliked: When it came too strangers background I wanted a lot more, and every strangers background. I wanted more about how the strangers game together and their shared vision. The ending fell apart, which really sucks because I was really enjoying this novel thinking it could top my list of books of 2018. The ending is just okay and very open ended. This novel is all about belief verse paranoia, and two of the characters have opposing views but their never tested, I felt one’s view should have won out. It end with me feeling like the author could not make up his mind. the book takes about 25 pages to really get going, then it moves pretty fast. I did feel this might have been better as a super-focused novella, there’s some filler that could have been trimmed down.
Recommendations: Stephen King gave this book a hell of a blurb and it fits into his world really well, so King fans will really enjoy. Readers that like shocking bloody gore filled moments, this novel has a few. Readers that like horror that makes you think. I had a problem with the ending but I think this is the horror novel of 2018, and it made me want to read other work from the author. I rated it 4 out of 5 stars. Ive already had some really great debates when I was half way down, if you’ve read it and want to discuss drop me a comment and enjoy reading!