Thursday, February 3, 2011

Review: The Long Weekend

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Sam and Lloyd messed up.  When they got in the man's car, they both thought the other boy's parents had sent him.  They didn't even realize that they'd been kidnapped until it was too late.

The stranger took them to a mansion in the country and locked them away... will either of them ever get out alive?

Entertainment: ★★★★

The Long Weekend went really fast - it's less than 200 pages - but in that short amount of time I was really caught up in the story, very emotionally invested, and very curious to see how it all turned out.

Plot: ★★★★

It was an interesting take on the kidnapping genre, and very suspenseful.  The ending was at least a little surprising.  I would have given it five stars except a few elements which were fairly implausible.

Characters: ★★★

The characters were basically Sam, Lloyd, and "the man."  The man I wish had been fleshed out a little more, although it was understandable that he was very vague given the story's point of view and timeframe.  Lloyd I really wish had been more... well... more.  He started off quite well but then sort of faded to the background for most of the book, and I really wish I could've read more about him.

That said, Sam was pretty cool.  His emotions were realistic and his voice came though loud and clear in the narration.  He wasn't an adult's voice disguised in a kid's body, like so many children in novels are; he read like an actual kid.  I liked him as a character and as a person.

Writing: ★★

The description was excellent, the characterization interesting, and Sam's narration was very enjoyable.

End Result: four stars.  A good book, definitely worth your time.

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