My first Simmons, which is pretty strange, considering that I’ve owned his books for years. I didn’t know what to expect, to be honest. I had intentionally kept myself in the dark (pun!) on what the book was about, save the fact that there were a band of kids and supernatural horror. And I wanted to continue my recent binge of horror books.
My first impression of the book was the quality of the prose. I’m not saying Simmons is Chabon or anything, but he is surely not Suzanne Collins or (gasp!) Cassandra Clare. His prose has a nice heft to it, weighty. Nothing of the lightweight quality I half expected, like from a Koontz. Which was a pleasant surprise. He goes deep into the character of each of the major characters, builds a nice history around them and gives them distinct personalities. Of course, he goes on and [!!!SPOILER!!!] kills one of them (and the one I was rooting for too), but you can’t have everything. [/!!!SPOILER!!!]
The plot was interesting, and resolved itself in the end in a satisfactory manner.
Overall I loved the book, was pleasantly surprised. And am now looking forward to getting the sequel.