Good morning everyone! I hope that your week has started off well and that things continue to go well! Today I am going to be doing a short book review for you on a recent read. I will be completely honest, I have been trying to read and have read this book for about two weeks. It’s one of the longest amounts that it has actually taken me to finish a book and I think I know why. I’ll get into that in the review portion.
As always, a full summary can be found HERE.
I’m not going to be giving away very many details on the specifics of this book because I think part of what really makes the book good is the amount of mystery that surrounds it and the story. Every once in a while, it is kind of nice to go into a book blind and continue within the book to be somewhat blind. With that being said, here is my vague review 🙂
I enjoyed reading Night Film for the most part. I felt that the story in and of itself was a fantastic idea and had a lot going for it. It honestly fits so well into our society and desire to need to know more. I felt that it had a lot going for it and the only thing that I wished could have been different was our point of view.
Now, you may be saying, how can you enjoy the book, if you do not like the main characters voice and point of view? Simply put, the book stands on its own even with the main characters flaws. There is so much within the story itself that it can be enjoyed irregardless of the characters. In that way, it is very much a plot driven story. In fact, while reading you can almost “feel” the plot pushing the characters.
The story itself is very ambiguous (much like this review!). It is very much a gray world and as a reader, you don’t really get closure at the end of the novel. I think that it really adds to the novel itself and allows the reader to become truly engrossed in the story. By leaving the ending open ended, Misha allows each reader to determine his/her own truth. The entire story has the reader questioning what is real and to leave the ending so open really adds to that eternal question.
With this being said, I think that is why it took me so long to read the book. I have not read a book similar to this (in ambiguity) in a long time, so I kept re reading through parts and feeling like I was missing something in some areas.
Along with questioning what is real, this novel really examines human nature. It closely looks at the darker nature of humans and how dark a person can get. It allows the reader to look and be in a state where, one may not go normally.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It was a different step for me and one that, even though it took me longer to read, was a nice change. If you have read Night Film, I would love to have a discussion about it and hear your thoughts!