Cosplay ready, Violet and her friends are at Comic-Con. They can’t wait to meet the fandom of mega movie, The Gallows Dance. What they’re not expecting is to be catapulted by freak accident into their favourite world – for real. Fuelled by love, guilt and fear, can the friends put the plot back on track and get out? The fate of the story is in their hands…
The book had a really interesting plot to it – I’m sure many people have imagined what it would be like if they were in the world of their favourite book, which is exactly what happens in this book. The book had a slow pace at times, but at other times it was a really fast pace, especially the last 200 or so pages. This meant at the start I did put the book down for a few days as I just wasn’t feeling picking it up again and carrying on reading. But I’m glad I did! I quite liked the authors writing style, apart from the pace changing. The book flowed well, and events were well structured and made sense, there wasn’t any jumping around from different times and events, and all events linked to each other. Although it was a really interesting plot, I just didn’t find the ending satisfying – I don’t think the ending is what the book needed. The last few hundred pages were really tense and exciting and the ending just didn’t fit in with that. I’m not sure what I wanted to happen, but it just wasn’t how I thought it would end.
I loved the world building in the book, you could really imagine where they were and how everything looked, which really helped when reading the book, as it was a dystopian setting. Whilst reading I could imagine exactly how everything looked and could imagine the smells that the characters were experiencing. It was such an interesting world, set in London, but in the future where life is very different to now, which makes it some what relatable as it is a city we know, but in a very different time.
There was a real mix of characters in the book, there were the good guys and bad guys as any book has, but there were also the good guys who turned bad, who then turned good again and vice versa. It made for some really good twists in the book, and meant you just couldn’t predict what was going to happen. The character building was really effective, you really felt for the characters, especially Nate and Violet. My heart sunk in places and leapt for joy in others. The book was written in a way that made you feel how the characters were feeling during the story. There was a real mix of relationships too, siblings, friendships and relationships, which meant most readers will have at least one relationship type to connect with, which I think may make the book more relatable for readers.
There was a lot of hype around this book, which made me have really high expectations for this book. I thought I was going to love it, and it was going to blow me away, and maybe that’s part of the reason the ending wasn’t satisfying. I must admit, I was slightly disappointed with the book at times, and maybe the hype helped with that. Although I have some negative feelings towards the book, I also have lots of positive feelings. I would love to see it as a film, I think it would be really interesting to see how it played out in movie form as well. I would also love to read or watch the book/film that the book was based on – The Gallows Dance – I think it would offer some real insight into the world.
I would recommend this book, as I know so many people have loved it and I did enjoy a lot of the book, even if it was a little slow at times. What are your thoughts on the fandom?