THE FAUSTIAN HOST BY DAVID BECKER
Plymouth Rock is bleeding. Day has turned to night. Hundred-pound hailstones level buildings. The small town of Clement seems cursed, and the residents know who’s to blame: the new kid, Tony Marino.
After losing his family and his home, 14-year-old Tony is forced to move from Florida to Massachusetts to attend Kalos Academy, an unconventional school for gifted children. Strange things begin to happen the day he arrives, and soon stories of plagues, monsters, and mystical objects surround him. Refusing to believe superstitions, Tony struggles to explain the occurrences logically, until he comes face to face with a satanic cult determined to bring about the end of the world.
Why anyone would want to write a young adult horror novel I don’t know. It’s hard enough writing a decent horror novel, let alone trying to tailor it to a young adult market. You still have to make it creepy, with just enough scares, and you also have to make sure you don’t talk down to the target audience. So I have to give Dave Becker all due respect for tackling this difficult genre.
The Faustian Host, is an admirable entry into this genre, it doesn’t always work, but on the whole this a good read that tries to do something different. As with a lot of first books in a new series, The Faustian Host suffers from a few issues common to these books. A lot of the supporting characters aren’t developed enough, there does seem to be a lot of loose plot lines left hanging, but then again, you do to finish a the first part of a book with some cliffhangers so to speak.
However, overall the writing and ideas in this novel are good enough to overcome these quibbles. The strongest part of this book is in the character of Tony Marino, even his name kind of suggest the sort of character he is going to be. I can’t help but think of Jersey Shore every time I read his name. Yes, Tony is a complete and utter shitebag. I kept hoping someone would accidentally chuck him off a cliff. As an adult reading this book, the hope that he would get what was coming to him was a main factor in holding my interest in the book. That’s not to say that there isn’t anything else to this book. There is a good story at the heart of the book, that with just a little bit tweaking and editing would have made this a really good book.
I can’t write this review though with mentioning the cover. I’m sorry but I really don’t like it. If this book hadn’t been sent in as a request for review, I would never in a million years have clicked on it on Amazon.
6.5 OUT OF 10