Coming of age stories are some of my favourite books to read, think IT,Boys Life. I’m always interested to pick up books with this kind of theme, and as a result I was happy to read The Vivisectionist by Ike Hamill. I’ve read a few of Hamill’s books recent and found them enjoyable.
The Vivisectionist follows 3 boys in their quest for a summer adventure. Long hikes camping in the back yard provide the boys with excitement. However protective parents soon curb the boys fun. Boys being boys however don’t want the fun to stop and soon nighttime unauthorised excursions ensue. The boys think they are safe, right? A man has been arrested for the abduction of a young boy on the street, so there is nothing more for them to worry about. Well, that’s what the boys believe anyway.
The Vivisectionist is told mainly from by the boys story, however it is interspersed with short chapters from the young abducted boys view.
What do I think of The Vivisectionist?
I’m a fairly fast reader, but this book took me days to read. I think the issue was more to do with my lack of enthusiasm for actually picking the book up, rather than the speed I was able to read it. This book did not set me alight. It was well written, had an interesting premise for a story, but it just dragged, and dragged and dragged. To the point where I contemplated giving up around the 50% mark. However I don’t like giving up on books, so I got my head down and plowed through my readers block
Then there is a big plot twist, that comes a little left of field. However this twist did mean that I got through the last 30% of the book quickly. There was the need for me to really suspend disbelief with some of the characters actions. Because of this the book faltered a little and the ending seemed a little off.
This wasn’t a bad book by any means, but for me there was plenty in the middle that could have been cut with no detriment to the story whatsoever. 3 stars.