This is the first book of Celine Kiernan’s that I have read, and I have to say I absolutely devoured it! Now, when I say I devoured it, it took be 3 separate sittings to actually get through the book, which isn’t a bad thing, as it meant I walked away from the book, absorbed what I read, and then went back at it with a fresh mind and this longing to know what happens. After reading this book, I fully intend on reading all the rest of her books, including The Moorehawke Trilogy.
Into the Grey was an excellent read, short at only 268 pages, but crammed full of adventure none-the-less. I found it a very difficult book to put down, the story flowed so easily, one page into the next, and before you knew it you were at the end of a chapter. I fell in love with the twins, Pat and Dom, and had an instant liking to their little sister Dee, who I know I would only adore like the twins did, if she were my own little sister. Throughout the whole story I don’t think there was a character I didn’t like, even Fran, the “villain” of the story was very likeable, and dare I say very cheeky. I would recommend that this book be for YA of about 12-13+, as some of the book was quite heavy, reading material wise, but apart from that it was excellent, and I think anyone who enjoys science fiction/paranormal/supernatural will love this book.
I loved that this book was set in Ireland. Leaving aside that Celine is an Irish author, I find that YA books set in Ireland are not easily found, especially to such an excellent quality that Celine has written it to. I have to admit that I haven’t read many Irish authors, Darren Shan and Roddy Doyle being the main two, and I think I will be adding Celine Kiernan to that list too. I loved this book because of the supernatural aspect to it, although that may be a little biased, as I am a lover of all things science fiction/supernatural, and reading lines referencing to Doctor Who just had me sold as soon as I read them! The paranormal aspect to this story was great because it wasn’t blatantly obvious to every character in the story. It was great because I could see it all visually in my head as I was reading it, that Patrick could see this paranormal being, yet his mother couldn’t, and she standing right next to him.
Like I mentioned, all the characters were very likeable. There was one little aspect I would have liked to have seen in the book and that was that Dee could see all the paranormal activity, and was having the same dreams as the twins and Mr Heuston, yet we never got an answer as to why, or what her involvement with it was. Apart from that, I found it hard to dislike very much about this book, and I guess if I did have to point something negative out about it, it was that it wasn’t long enough. But that’s just me being picky, because it was such an excellent read, and another world that I would easily escape to any day of the week.
My final thoughts on this book are, of how emotionally I was by the end of the book. I think in all my years reading, only two other books have had me sobbing at the end of them, and they were The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne and The Fault In Our Stars by John Green, and they were tears of sorrow, of sadness. This book on the other hand had me weeping for joy at the end of it, it was a wonderful ending, and if you don’t entirely get where I’m coming from, you’ll just have to read the book, and the last two chapters yourself to see such a wonderful outcome from such a tense and climactic battle!