I finished Room by Emma Donoghue ages ago but, since I immediately started another book, didn’t manage to write a review. Better late than never!
The plot of room is mostly well-known, thanks to it’s film adaptation, but just in case you don’t know, I’ll retell it. A woman was kidnapped at 19 and kept in a shed in her captor’s back garden. She had a child within that time, Jack, whose world is as small as the room as he has never experienced anything else.
This book wasn’t as hard hitting as I thought it was going to be. I mean that in a really positive sense. It was mostly intriguing and heartwarming because the mother and son bond was so incredibly strong, if not hauntingly uninterrupted! Donoghue’s character building was great! Whilst we didn’t know too much about the female protagonist, it created mystery and an understanding that she didn’t want to talk about it, rather than dilute the plot. Jack, on the other hand, was a 5 year old in every way, his quick changing thoughts, his poor understanding, his imagination and plenty more quirks! I really enjoyed it even though it took some getting used to.
The plan to escape was an especially quick part of the plot that had a quick build up to the climax and the latter half of the book was basically about adjustment. I found it really interesting how, even as a reader, your priorities changed so much in the transition of those parts. We wanted the characters to just get out of the room and then, when they were, it was so much more complicated than it was before! In a lot of ways, that’s what freedom is. If you don’t train someone from a young age to expand their minds and become familiar with concepts over matter and to make decisions, imagine how overwhelming it is for them to suddenly be faced with that! Jack was totally one of a kind, a character that I won’t come across again.
Interestingly written, well paced and brilliantly thought up, Room was a great read and I would recommend it.
You can find it here for just £3.97!