The Spindlers by Lauren Oliver
Received: Library (Audiobook)
Publication Date: October 2, 2012
2 out of 5 stars
One morning, Liza has a disturbing revelation: Patrick, although he looks like her younger brother, is not her younger brother. She is certain that spindlers have come and stolen his soul during the night. Liza must descend into the underground to rescue Patrick from the spindlers – and whatever else lies below.
I really wanted to like this story, and I’m sorry to say that I was sorely disappointed. The summary of this book sounds wonderful. It’s an adventure story, Liza is the only one who can save her brother, she gets to explore a dangerous, fantastical world that she’s only heard of from her babysitter. Everything about this book sounds like it should be so good. Which is why it made me so sad that it just wasn’t a compelling story.
The plot itself felt really basic. All of the deviations from Liza’s mission (saving her brother’s soul) felt like complications that were added because Oliver needed to add length to make the story into an actual novel. But this would have been fine if the characters had been compelling…or at least entertaining. I have never been more annoyed by a character as I have by Liza’s rat guide Mirabel. And that’s including pre-dragon Eustace Scrubb from Voyage of the Dawn Treader.