Author: Sarah Pinborough
Publication Date: September 2015
Part of a Series?: No, Standalone!
I Got A Copy Through: Hachette India (THANK YOU!)
Blurb Description: Toby's life was perfectly normal... until it was unravelled by something as simple as a blood test.
Taken from his family, Toby now lives in the Death House: an out-of-time existence far from the modern world, where he, and the others who live there, are studied by Matron and her team of nurses. They're looking for any sign of sickness. Any sign of their wards changing. Any sign that it's time to take them to the sanatorium.
No one returns from the sanatorium.
Withdrawn from his house-mates and living in his memories of the past, Toby spends his days fighting his fear. But then a new arrival in the house shatters the fragile peace, and everything changes.
Because everybody dies. It's how you choose to live that counts.
Being honest, I expected a middle grade novel about boys and growing up, or a too dark, too grotesque novel that completely defeated the point.
I got instead, this BEAUTIFUL piece of literature that I completely fell in love with for no reason other than the fact that it wasn’t overdone, and that it manages to strike a chord within all living souls.
“Because everybody dies. It's how you choose to live that counts.”
This book starts off quite slow, and sticks to the pace, but the minute you get about twenty pages in, the slow pace, perfect for the house where Defective children are sent to die, will suck you in and won’t let you go until you reach the end.
Toby is the ringleader of Dorm 4. It’s one of the last dorms without someone to have succumbed to the disease, and get taken by the Sanatorium. It’s a competition, you see: Who is strongest in the face of death? Toby also sleeps all day and in the night, the Death House is his to explore and his to live in. He’s used to it all. He’s used to not caring, to not showing how afraid he is. For no matter what, The Sanatorium comes for you.
Everything has always been the same here. Routine before Death arrives, until the new arrivals come. And nothing is the same.
What does The Death House contain?
The Death House is a love story. One of the purest forms of love, one of the most real and one of the scariest, because when you know the day you die is close, you’re the most honest version of yourself you can be.
The Death House is a story about Death – how it’s okay to be afraid, but how to try to be the strongest you can be and how to remember the dead.
The Death House is about friendships and brotherhood and what you can make with the limited things you have, when the sickness can point to you at any time.
The only thing I didn’t like about it is that what the Defective Gene is or what it does to the people that have it, and how a random gene could pose a threat to society wasn’t explained during the book, but that wasn’t what this book focused on.
The Death House, is, simply put, a brilliant novel.
Go read it!
What do you think you would do if you were sent to a house to die? Would you believe in God? Or would you just wait it out?
Do you have any other recommendations for me, in this genre? Leave me your links and I would LOVE to stop by!