Read + Review: Feral Youth by Shaun David Hutchinson

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Ten teens, who have had hard and troubled childhoods, are dropped off into the woods miles away from camp. They barely have any resources and are trying to find their way back to camp. Along the way, they reminisce about their troubles and tell haunting and mysterious stories to one another. They find out more about their peers as they explain their dark secrets. This twisting story is comprised of different tales that could keep you in paranoia for the night.

Overall, I didn’t like the book because the plot line was not clear and never really focused on the teens’ journey to camp. I was looking forward to a more thriller and sci-fi type of book, but it was more of a horror and story-telling novel. Although the style wasn’t what I was anticipating, the stories throughout the book were very interesting and mysterious. The styles written by the different authors for each of the different stories were very unique. Some parts of the book were slow and hard to read, but the individual stories were interesting to follow along.

What I found most compelling about this book was that the stories told by the teens were written by different authors. It was very cool how writers came together to comprise stories into one book with characters of different perspectives, tones, and personalities. Though the plot line of this book was poorly written, it was very memorable how the book itself was unique and a twisting anthology.

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Reviewed by Allyson, Grade 9, Twin Hickory Library

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