Genre: Mystery and Young Adult
Release Date: August 26, 2014
Pages: 432 (Hardcover)
It’s too late for you. You’re dead. Those words continue to haunt Claire Cain months after she barely survived a brutal beating in Chicago. So when her father is offered a job in another state, Claire is hopeful that getting out will offer her a way to start anew.
But when she arrives in Peculiar, Missouri, Claire feels an overwhelming sense of danger, and her fears are confirmed when she discovers the body of a popular high school student in the icy woods behind the school, surrounded by the town’s feral cats. While everyone is quick to say it was an accident, Claire knows there’s more to it, and vows to learn the truth about what happened.
But the closer she gets to uncovering the mystery, the closer she also gets to realizing a frightening reality about herself and the damage she truly sustained in that Chicago alley….
First of all, I would like to thank the publisher, HarperTeen for giving me an ARC of this book to review. Thank you so much! Really appreciate it! All right, now for my review.
Feral is a story about two girls told in third person. This, right here, is my first problem with this book. Lately, a lot of mystery/ thrillers are using third person which is great if you have a bunch of characters but Feral only has two. Two! More accurately, one and a half so there’s no point for it. If the first thing about the novel pissed me off, can you imagine how many other things did also?
A lot, that’s how many.
Not a lot happens in Feral, which makes it a half-assed novel in my books. Seriously, from 10/15% all the way to like, 85% it’s all just boring high school crap. Moreover, the killer is beyond obvious. It’s so obvious that my cat could have figured it out ! The second they come into the story, the author doesn’t even try to hide who it is, instead, she leaves such obvious hints about it to make sure that everyone knows who it is. IN COMING SPOILER!
In addition to this unrealistic bullshit, Serena gets turned in a cat, (I’m assuming for the first time in her life) yet she gracefully knows how to walk and hiss and be a legit cat without ever stumbling, falling, freaking out, or anything at all that would even remotely suggest that she has no idea what she’s doing as a cat. Ridiculous.
End of spoiler!
The characters are really forgettable and annoying. They barely do anything at all but complain. The whole town is boring. Nothing happens and then there are all of these random ass cats that doesn’t even add the creepy feeling that Schindler is trying so fucking hard to achieve.
Somehow, however, I had managed to find a couple of nice/mediocre things this book has like Serena’s perspective as a dead person is pretty cool at first. I also liked Claire’s past and how big or a role it plays in the story.
Holly Schindler could have made Feral into a much better book if only she made it more realistic and all around more creative and suspenseful. I don’t recommend this one to anyone because of how completely pointless it is.