For a complete plot description, here's the Goodreads page for the novel.
My opinion of Room flip-flopped numerous times by the time I'd finished reading it. And I think that's apparent in the rating I gave it - right smack in the middle of the rating choices. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't all that stellar either. Here's a break down of Room's good points, and it's not-so-good points.
What I liked:
- The writing itself, is incredible. Donoghue paints wonderfully vivid pictures, never leaving the reader to "guess" about the scene. When I was interested, I was fully immersed in the story.
- The POV was pleasantly surprising. I'm not typically into kid POV's, and, prior to reading, I wasn't sure if I'd like the book based on this reason. But I, quite enjoyed this unique perspective. Actually, every time I hear the word "melted", I can't help but say in my head "meltedy spoon", as that's one thing you Jack talks about a lot.
- The chapter called "Dying" was just incredible. Fantastic pacing, enormous suspense, and it was the chapter responsible for me choosing to finish the book.
- The majority of the book was a boring, almost minute-to-minute break down of every thing Jack and Ma did in Room. The first two chapters were so dreadfully lacking in suspense, that I nearly gave up on it. I understand that the author needs to introduce us to Room, to the confinement of Jack's and Ma's life. I know that we need to see their situation, their struggles, the effects that their captivity has caused in them. But to go on for 98 pages of this? I would have loved to see more suspense, more interaction with "Old Nick" more urgency, more.... danger in the situation. I just wanted more.
- The escape is too easy. Most books these days follow an implied pattern: do something, suspense, fail, do something, suspense, fail, do something, lots of suspense, succeed. And once in a while, it's nice when a book strays from this pattern. But in Room... it just all seemed too easy, too neat.
Room is like a mountain: a long climb up, a great big peak in the middle, and a slow climb down.
Don't get me wrong, Room was a good book. It was an enjoyable story, but it had some fairly big flaws, that in my opinion, I couldn't look past when choosing a rating.