A friend on GoodReads recommended this book to me, so I thought I’d give it a shot. Honestly, I told him I wanted something really short that I could read quickly.
In that regard, Every Heart a Doorway is a raging success.
The concept of the book is fascinating. We’ve all heard of those kids in stories who visit other realms, worlds, or dimensions. This book deals with what happens when they come home … but want to go back.
It also delves into the fabric of each kind of world that exists beyond. Because the story takes place at a school, there is some explanation as to the general laws and rules of each world the various children have visited. Again, this is a very cool concept.
My only complaint is that the actual plot did not spark my interest all that much. I adored the idea of dissatisfied travelers who want nothing more than to go back to their fantasy world. I also love the idea of trying to categorize each world in an effort to force some semblance of sense upon them.
The story, though, is primarily about a series of grotesque murders occurring on the school grounds. Something of a mystery ensues revolving around the fact that very specific parts of bodies are being taken from each victim.
Furthermore, there’s plenty of teenage angst in the dialogue. Lots of feeling shunned and out of place. During those moments, it became obvious I am not the target audience for this book.
However, I appreciated the quick pace, the vivid descriptions, and the very imaginative concepts.
(Did you enjoy this review? Check out Scott William Foley’s short stories HERE!)