Source: provided by the author for an honest review
Date read: September 18, 2014
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Carter was only twelve when he witnessed the disaster that killed more than a hundred people at Starland Amusement Park. Five years later, Carter’s hometown is no longer a busy Florida panhandle resort, but a slowly dying town full of empty motels and attractions rusting behind chains and padlocks.Thoughts on Inferno Park: I have a deep, dark appreciation for broken things. People, places, societies, hearts. You name it, I'm all "HEY! SOMETHING THAT'S TOTALLY EFFED UP AND WILL PROBABLY GET A LOT WORSE BEFORE IT GETS BETTER! YEEEEEAAAAAAH!"
Now something evil stirs in the ruins of the old amusement park...something with an alluring siren song drawing visitors into the dark mysteries of the forbidden world behind the gate. Something with an appetite for restless, yearning souls.
Carter reluctantly returns to the old park in the company of a new girl in town, who is obsessed with urban decay and pop-culture ruins, and discovers the evil at work. To stop it, and protect the children of the town, Carter will have to face his oldest and deepest fears.
(And that's the point where I notice that all the people around me have quietly backed away and I'm giving myself victorious high fives. It's a strange, strange life I lead.)
Anyway. This book. It gave me all the broken goodness I wanted and only minor mention of creepy clowns. Not going to lie, the clowns were a fear of mine going in. Because clowns. But it all worked out in the end. The clowns were background players and the death and destruction were wholesale.
But enough about my clown issues. We have an abandoned amusement park chock full of decadent evil where the deaths are appropriately awful. Carter is kinda awesome and his willingness (sometimes grudgingly given) to confront the remains of the most terrible day of his life makes me admire the big guy.
Dark, creepy, and wonderfully atmospheric, I thoroughly enjoyed tiptoeing through the remains of Starland and finding out all its secrets.