|Nomadic SA Chick||
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.
Told entirely in the language of the energetic, pragmatic five-year-old Jack, ROOM is a celebration of resilience and the limitless bond between parent and child, a brilliantly executed novel about what it means to journey from one world to another.
This book is told through the warped perspective of a 5-year old, Jack, whose mother tucks him into a wardrobe every night to sleep. "Ma" does this so that "Old Nick" won't disturb the boy when he comes to visit in the middle of the night. Jack has never left the confines of Room and knows nothing of the world but what is contained within those walls. Room is loosely based on a true-story.
I cannot begin to describe just how terrifying and disturbing this book was. it was something that was ripped right from Lifetime. They call it T.V. that resembles life, but whose life are they resembling? I am very happy that I read this, but do not think I could ever read it again. At least not for many years. If they ever make this into a movie, it will be one hell of a creep fest.
All that being said, Room is incredibly heart-breaking and redeeming at the same time. It will make you question the humanity of some people. Very few books make me cry, but this one did in several places.
I give this a 5 out of five.