This was a fun read that had me hooked from the beginning. Its well-defined characters have strong dynamics between them, including a flawed – yet very believable – main character. There was good dialogue and witty, young adult banter.
The strange hotel in which the story is set was well-crafted and at points came alive on the page. Thevariations and warping within it reminded me a bit of House of Leaves, which is one of my favorite horror novels.
The narrative, at times, would go back to prior conversations and events to provide backstory, and it wasn’t always clear when it was travelling back and when it was returning, which was a bit confusing.
The ending was sort of fun, but since you can see where the story is going from the beginning, I wish that it was an allegory with deeper meaning. Is it exploring society, individualism, culture, identity…anything?? Yeeaah, no. Nope. It’s just a horror novel with some camp and a fair amount of gruesome.
Now, there are lots of people who are into that type of thing. If horror and/or camp is your thing, you’ll LOVE this read.
Even though that is not my thing, I still devoured it in a day, got lost in it and enjoyed it.
Thank you @penguinrandomhouse and @berkleypub for the ARC!