Monday November 16, 2009
by A.J. Whitten
If Hamlet thought he had issues, he should have talked to Cooper Warner.
His mother’s normally sunny demeanor has turned into something—homicidal.
And what’s worse, she has help in her hunt for Cooper: A ravenous monster living at the bottom of the old well in the woods behind their house. She’s determined to deliver her 14-year-old son straight into the creature’s eager clutches. Cooper turns to his girlfriend, Megan, for help, but then, to his horror, the creature takes her prisoner.
Now, it’s up to Cooper to fend off his murderous mother, finish his Hamlet paper, and enter the putrid lair at the bottom of the well to rescue Megan. And when he confronts the creature, Cooper must make the toughest decision of his life: kill, or be killed.
Inspired by Hamlet, THE WELL puts a terrifying twist on the Shakespearean classic.
This book definitely has one of the most interesting plots that I've read in a long time. Not just the twist on the story of Hamlet but there is also an interesting story regarding the history of the creature in the well and why it is so determined to kill Cooper. The author's description of the creature is really disgusting by the way...I was seriously creeped out!
Not only is Cooper freaked out by his mothers sudden urge to feed him to the creature in the well, but he is also dealing with his wicked step-father who seems to have it out for him...his brother doesn't get hassled half as much as he does! He just can't seem to get a break!
When the creature takes Megan prisoner in order to lure Cooper to the well, all heck breaks loose. How can Cooper explain to everyone where she's at without everyone thinking he's crazy? So instead they think HE has something to do with her disappearance. When the local police get involved things start really getting weird...
The story isn't perfect and I'll admit there are a few slow spots but overall I think the story is unique and interesting enough that most readers will like it.
A little bit of cussing, moderate violence and some scary situations make this best for 7th grade and up!