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Book
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Title:
Edition:
1st ed.
Publisher, Date:
New York : Delacorte Press, 2013.
Description:
289 p. ; 22 cm.
Summary:
In the midst of a 1981 meteor shower in Iowa, a homicidal maniac escapes from prison and returns to the farm where his nineteen-year-old son, Ry, must summon three childhood imaginary friends--Mr. Furrington, Jesus Christ, and Scowler--to protect himself, his eleven-year-old sister, Sarah, and their mother.
Subjects:
LCCN:
2012005363
ISBN:
9780385743099 (hardcover trade)
0385743092 (hardcover trade)
9780375990946 (glb)
0375990941 (glb)
* 9780307980878 (ebook)
* 0307980871 (ebook)
Other Number:
781594011
System Availability:
11
Current Holds:
0
# Local items:
11
Control Number:
986262
Call Number:
[Fic]
Course Reserves:
0
# Local items in:
11
# System items in:
11
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Characters
Ry Burke (Male), Come from a poverty-stricken family; lives on a dying family farm; abused by his father;
Genre
Fiction
Juvenile
Horror
Topics
Monsters
Meteorites
Good vs. evil
Aliens
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  Publishers Weekly Review

No stranger to dark and disturbing stories, Kraus (Rotters) continues to push the envelope with this hallucinatory, dread-soaked tale set in 1981. Nineteen-year-old Ry Burke lives with his mother and sister on a dying Iowa farm, still haunted by the events that landed his abusive monster of a father in prison nine years ago. A freak meteorite strike gives Ry's father the opportunity to escape and come home, resulting in a brutal struggle for survival. To save his loved ones, Ry summons up the three imaginary friends who helped him last time, risking the same descent into madness that claimed his father. While Ry's desperate journey into manhood is gripping, with Kraus skillfully amplifying a sense of tension and claustrophobia, much of the book's subtlety is lost in the chaotic latter half, which is part fever dream, part slasher film. The narrative is littered with graphic violence and extreme body horror, which may be too much for many readers (though perhaps not for fans of The Marbury Lens). The end result is a memorably brutal assault on the senses, not for the fainthearted or delicate. Ages 14-up. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Summary
Equal parts haunting and horrifying, thisnbsp;literary horror novel gives readers insight into the mind of a controlling homicidal man and the son who must stop him.nbsp; "Marvin Burke is one of the great monsters of literature, a figure of immense, credible terror and savagery."--Cory Doctorow, author of Little Children and coeditor of Boing Boing Imagine your father is a monster. Would that mean there are monsters inside you, too? Nineteen-year-old Ry Burke, his mother, and little sister eke out a living on their dying family farm. Ry wishes for anything to distract him from the grim memories of his father's physical and emotional abuse. Then a meteorite falls from the sky, bringing with it not only a fragment from another world but also the arrival of a ruthless man intent on destroying the entire family. Soon Ry is forced to defend himself by resurrecting a trio of imaginary childhood protectors: kindly Mr. Furrington, wise Jesus, and the bloodthirsty Scowler.
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