In the middle of it – Rotters by Daniel Kraus

Rotters by Daniel Kraus

Rotters by Daniel Kraus

This is the first book I’m close to finishing since joining the Best of the Best Challenge and, to tell you the truth, it’s been rough. I have the audio version and, while the narration is amazing, I’m having a hard time getting into the story.

When his mother dies, Joey moves from his Chicago home to live with his father in Iowa. Iowa life isn’t easy for Joey and not just because he’s trying to deal with this loss of his mom. As it turns out, dear old Dad is the town’s weirdo which, in a small Iowa town, means Joey is a bullying target for classmates AND teachers. To top it all off, his father is barely home so Joey must fend for himself as well.

**Possible spoiler alert**

I’ll cut to the gist–Joey’s Dad is a grave robber, which explains why he disappears for long stretches of time, smells funky, and leaves his house in shambles. It isn’t long before Joey proves he’s destined to take up the family business and his Dad begins teaching him the tools of the trade. If you pick up this book to read of the graveyard treasures that this duo finds, you may be disappointed. Rotters is more a study of human nature, relationships, and decomposition. If you want a chiller that’s gross and gruesome, you may prefer Rick Yancey’s The Monstrumologist instead. While it has its suspenseful points, I thought it was more of an emotional story than an action-packed adventure.

Personally, I’m not really loving it myself. The characters disturb me and not in a good way. Don’t get me wrong, it’s extremely well-written–the characters are well-developed and maybe you’d just love to hate them. I’m so close to being done with the book and I’m still not sure where the story is going. There seem to be a lot of side journeys towards the final outcome that are distracting rather than entertaining me. But I will soldier on! I’m determined to finish, especially since I’m SO CLOSE to the end.

Have YOU read Rotters? If so, we want to know what you think. Leave us a comment with your thoughts!

P.S. On the plus side, I now know what a rat king is. GROSS!

Accepting the challenge

Best of the Best Reading ChallengeI know, I know…it’s been a while! I must sincerely apologize. We’ve been working on a lot of stuff here at the library so I’ve only been able to update our Facebook–follow us there if you miss us. =)

As if my list of my books to read hasn’t gotten long enough, I’ve decided to take part in YALSA’s 2012 Best of the Best Reading Challenge. I have until June 30th to read AT LEAST 25 books on YALSA’s 2012 Best of the Best titles. It is quite the undertaking and to be honest, I’m not really sure if I can finish it but I’m going to try my darndest!

I’ll post book reviews here as I complete them. I’ll also try to post updates so that you can cheer me on! BTW, you’re welcome to take the challenge too. If you join, leave us a comment and we can talk about our shared pain. =)