The Spindlers: A Book Review


The Spindlers

The Spindlers by Lauren Oliver

Summary: One night when Liza went to bed, Patrick was her chubby, stubby, candy-grubbing and pancake-loving younger brother, who irritated and amused her both, and the next morning, when she woke up, he was not. In fact, he was quite, quite different. When Liza’s brother, Patrick, changes overnight, Liza knows exactly what has happened: The spindlers have gotten to him and stolen his soul. She knows, too, that she is the only one who can save him. To rescue Patrick, Liza must go Below, armed with little more than her wits and a broom. There, she uncovers a vast world populated with talking rats, music-loving moles, greedy troglods, and overexcitable nids . . . as well as terrible dangers. But she will face her greatest challenge at the spindlers’ nests, where she encounters the evil queen and must pass a series of deadly tests—or else her soul, too, will remain Below forever.

{kindly taken from Amazon}

My Thoughts: Although I have planned to read MANY of Lauren Oliver’s books, this is the first one I have actually read! It came out earlier this year, and is already appearing on plenty of Best Books of 2012 lists. The story is unique, and I think fantasy lovers in elementary school or middle school will really enjoy this one. Not being a total fantasy person myself, this wasn’t my favorite, but it was well-written and deserves the high praise it has received.

In this story, we meet Liza, a young girl who has a big imagination. She may not like her younger brother, Patrick, all the time, but they have a good bond with each other, so Liza is quick to notice that something about Patrick is different one morning. She comes to the conclusion that Patrick’s soul has been taken by the Spindlers, a group of large spider-like people who live in the world of “Below” and feed on people’s soul. Sounds pretty cool, right?! :) The story has so many interesting elements to it, and we meet lots of diverse characters, like the nids, the lumpens, and the scawgs. My favorite out of them all though would have to be the nocturni, who are dream-creators.

Liza was a strong protagonist. She definitely grew throughout the story, but I would have loved to hear a few more of her thoughts on Patrick. Maybe a bit more time spent in the beginning setting up their relationship would have helped, because I didn’t really see the connection besides the obvious fact that they were brother and sister. Most of the other characters had their scene, and that’s all we saw of them, which is what I expected. Besides for her “guide” through Below, a rat named Mirabella, Liza was really the only character that we saw through the entire novel.

The plot was solid. I think it moved pretty quickly, and it kept my interest. There were TONS of great description passages, full with wonderful imagery and some really good similes. Totally a book I would have loved as a read-aloud! :)

Overall, this was a good novel. My absolute favorite? No, but still very good. I think that fans of The Spiderwick Chronicles {which I read a long time ago} and other books similar to that will enjoy this one.

Pros: Beautiful description and unique plot.

Cons: Very focused for one interest group, which isn’t necessarily a con, but it makes it harder to appeal to a wider audience.

Heads Up: Some parts were kinda creepy, especially when describing the various creatures. It all depends of your preferences!

Overall: I give it 4 stars {****} and I recommend it for ages 10 and up.

Have a good night!

Bella :)

Psst. Today’s holiday blogger, You Are My Fave, tells you how to make holiday treat boxes!


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