To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it’s where he lives with his Ma as they learn and read and eat and sleep and play. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits.
Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it’s not enough…not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, one that relies on her young son’s bravery and a lot of luck. What she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.
Author: Emma Donoghue
When I bought this book I was extremely excited to read it, and too some extent I was not disappointed. I really like the whole concept the plot was based on, and if I am extremely honest I expected the narration to be a little unreliable (I mean a 5 year old narrator?!) but I was astounded by narrative. Even though the whole book was from Jack’s perspective, who is a five year old I repeat it was so nicely described.
Seven years, seven years the woman was stuck in that “Room” and had a child from her captor; sends shivers down my spine. I particularly liked the part about how they escape, the strategy of it and the emotions Jack portrays and how it all came together.
The parts in which they were still in the room gets a bit tedious, the same old routine over and over again and not to mention Jack’s love for Dora (Never liked that cartoon). I truly began to enjoy the book after they escaped the room, and how Jack and his Ma are coping with actual human contact after years of confinement.
Reading the book took me a good while, maybe cause I was busy and the beginning, as I mentioned, was extremely boring. Now, if I look at the other side of the picture the plot was a little far-fetching. One, did NO ONE see a man carrying an unconscious girl? Two, or the the fact the guy was building a shed with a skylight, high security, a floor with a metal sheeting etc? Yeah I know the whole house had big hedges covering the place so no one could see and each to their own privacy but then again where was that same mindset when Jack and his Ma are rescued? I will never understand the complex mind of humans.
In conclusion, it was a good book as it had good narrative, little different than what we find normally in books, the concept was nice other than a few things as I pointed out that just didn’t make sense. My favorite character was probably the Grandma (I know I haven’t mentioned her in the review) as she helped Jack out in adjusting to the world more than anyone else and maybe because I’d give anything to have mine back.
I give this book three stars out of five.
P.S. the movie was good as well but I preferred the book as some of the scenes differed. Brie Larson and the kid did an amazing job.