Katzenjammer by Francesca Zappia : YA Book Review


Goodreads summary:

Cat lives in her high school. She never leaves, and for a long time her school has provided her with everything she needs. But now things are changing...

Cat doesn’t remember why she is trapped in her school or why half of them—Cat included—are slowly transforming. Escaping has always been the one impossibility in her school’s upside-down world. But to save herself from the eventual self-destruction all the students face, Cat must find the way out. And to do that, she’ll have to remember what put her there in the first place.

MY THOUGHTS

What an unexpected book! I did not have many expectations when I started reading this book, I dive right in thinking it must be for middle-grade and so the horror aspects quite surprised me. The writing style is beautiful; it’s simple but efficient and get to the point. The kind of style you need for a good horror. Sometimes I feel like a much too flowery style overshadows the suspense. But this author manages to write with the vocabulary of the teenager’s voice but make it scary.

It has a lot of heavy themes, but what’s most important is the author relay the experiences of bullying as a teenager and how bullies can push a person to act.

THE GRIPPING ENDING

The ending was what surprised me the most. I am one of those people who would put a book 5 stars for a good plot twist. And this was probably one of the most original plot twist I could wish for. Now, for some, it might be triggering and even disturbing as it involves a heavy theme. But the horror elements for me, make a lot of sense with this ending. It’s already creepy but once you understand, the ending just hits you. Also, another warning : the body horror is quite intense in the end. I am still on the fence of recommending to a young audience. But then, I remembered I read La Bête Humaine by Emile Zola and really liked it when I was 12 years old, so who am I to judge.

Thank you to HarperCollins for providing me a review copy!

RATING : 4/5

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