Room is a powerful story written from a five-year old’s perspective. The narrator (Jack) and his mother are being held captive by a man called Nick. Their lives are limited to a small room and their only connection with the outside world is a television. The day in and day out of this life is too much for anyone to handle but for Jack its all he has ever known. For fear of giving too much away, I’ll just say that the story is not all depressing – it is well worth reading and the reading gets less disturbing as the book goes on.
Its no easy feat but the author did an admirable job writing this situation from a child’s point of view. I have some small issues with a part of the storyline but the book as a whole was suspenseful and sweet, even humorous at times. Jack is downright lovable and as a reader, I was invested in him and his future.
I thought about this story when I had to set it down and even now long after I have finished. The hype about Room is quite deserved and I highly recommend it.