Thursday, July 1, 2010

Part Novel. Part Comic. Malice

Malice by Chris Wooding
Scholastic Press, 2009
ISBN: 9780545160438
379 pages

Once you're in the story, there's no way out.

Everyone's heard the rumors.  If you gather the right things and say the right words, you'll be taken to Malice, a world that exists inside a horrifying comic book.  It's a world that few kids know about...and even fewer survive.

Seth and Kady think it's all a silly myth.  But then their friend disappears, and suddenly the rumors don't seem silly after all.

Malice is real.  Malice is deadly. And Seth and Kady are about to be trapped inside it.

Perfectly creepy.  These are the two words I would use to describe this book if I only had two; luckily I get a few than two.  When I finally decided it was time to read this book, I happened to pick it up at bedtime.  Not quite a mistake, but I had to read something else a little less spooky before my mind could rest.  Within the first part (I'm not sure I can call it a chapter per se) the tone of the entire novel was set.

The story revolves around three friends: two boys, Luke and Seth, and a girl, Kady.  The girl is not a girly girl by any means, so other than her feminine name, she's just one of the guys.  At various intervals the three find themselves in Malice where danger really does lurk around every turn.

As noted above Malice is part novel, part comic.  I'll be the first (perhaps second) to inform you that it is predominately a novel, but the comic portions are well placed and definitely add to the overall story.  It's like you're gotten a copy of the underground comic yourself.

 This book is also the first in a series.  I'm not sure how many are planned, but I do know there is a sequel due out in October.  I can't help but wonder (perhaps, dare I say, hope?) that as the novels progress the ratio of novel to comic shift to become more even or slide farther to the comic side.  Hoping this is a HUGE compliment from me.  I have never found comics all that appealing.  

In any case, I enjoyed being spooked by Malice and am waiting with bated breath for the next one.  It comes out just in time for my birthday!

The paperback edition is available August 1 pre-order now!

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