Book Review: The Getaway
Welcome to the funnest spot around . . .
Jay is living his best life at Karloff Country, one of the world’s most famous resorts. He’s got his family, his crew, and an incredible after-school job at the property’s main theme park. Life isn’t so great for the rest of the world, but when people come here to vacation, it’s to get away from all that.
As things outside get worse, trouble starts seeping into Karloff. First, Jay’s friend Connie and her family disappear in the middle of the night and no one will talk about it. Then the richest and most powerful families start arriving, only... they aren’t leaving. Unknown to the employees, the resort has been selling shares in an end-of-the-world oasis. The best of the best at the end of days. And in order to deliver the top-notch customer service the wealthy clientele paid for, the employees will be at their total beck and call.
Whether they like it or not.
Yet Karloff Country didn’t count on Jay and his crew--and just how far they’ll go to find out the truth and save themselves. But what’s more dangerous: the monster you know in your home or the unknown nightmare outside the walls?
I was drawn to this book by the book cover. It is very eye catching. Yes, this is a horror book but as it is a young adult one, the gore level is there but not that bad that it would give you real bad nightmares. Although, this book has a starting age of twelve, which personally I just think is a bit too young still. I would say about fourteen is a good starting age.
So, starting this book, it was nice to get to know Jay and his friends Zeke, Connie, and Jay's crush Seychelle. It helped so that when the bad things started happening you felt for these characters. My only issue is that I did not form that strong emotional connection with them.
Additionally, I felt that the story did take a long while to get moving. It was not until almost he halfway point that the "meat" of the story picked up. From there the rest of the book was a quick read. As I was reading this book, I was getting The Purge and Get Out vibes. What both movies share in common is the social indifference between the "rich" and the "poor". Also, this book touches of racial disparities. Which is not to be shied away from as it is real, and we can all do better. Overall, I did still like this book.