Review: Five Nights at Freddy’s: The Silver Eyes

Posted: July 20, 2016 in Book Review, Book Thoughts, Creative WRiting
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Five Nights at Freddy's: The Silver Eyes
Five Nights at Freddy’s: The Silver Eyes by Scott Cawthon

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Based on the bestselling horror videogame series, Five Nights at Freddy’s.

It’s been exactly ten years since the murders at Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza, and Charlotte (Charlie for short) has spent those ten years trying to forget. Her father was the owner of Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza and the creator of its four adult-sized animatronic animals, and now Charlie is returning to her hometown to reunite with her childhood friends on the anniversary of the tragedy that ripped their town apart.

Curiosity leads Charlie and her friends back to the old pizza place, and they find it hidden and sealed, but still standing. They discover a way inside, but things are not as they once were: the four mascots that delighted and entertained them as children have changed. The animatronic animals have a dark secret, and a murderous agenda.

So, I suppose that I should start this review by saying that I’m a really big fan of the FNAF franchise. It’s not that I love jumpscare games (I do love jumpscare games, who am I kidding?). The fact is, Scott Cawthon does a fantastic job of storytelling, and the lore involved within the games is just fantastic. When I realized that a book had come out, and it was only 2.99? Of course I had to swoop up on the opportunity. I looked into it to see how canonical the novel is to the rest of the series, and Scott basically said that it’s as cannon as anything else, but you can tell that this story runs a different timeline. That said, I took the background and framework – basically all of the lore that we learn – in this story to be true. The fact that it’s a bunch of teenagers in the restaurant is the part that you have to take with a grain of AU.

That being said, let me get into my actual review. I honestly found this to be a really fantastic book. People have complained, due to the fact that it’s not exactly edited properly… and they’ve said that the writing is a bit amateurish… but honestly? I found that to be extremely entertaining, and part of the charm of the book. It’s not pristine, and it’s not perfect. Scott clearly didn’t sit and worry about what big word he could use in order to tell the story. He simply told a story – and that’s what Scott does best.

The main character is a treat for me – she’s got some real inner conflicts going on, and it’s only as the story develops that you get to delve into what happened to her, and why she behaves the way that she does.

For the cons, I would say that some of the characters seem superfluous. We could have done with about 3 less friends, and the novel still would have been done just as well. I can see how it would be a bit slow to get into, if you weren’t on the FNAF hype, but I don’t know anyone who doesn’t know the story of these games…

The only other critic? No… hm… warning? I guess the only other thing that I can say in negative light to this is that, if you’re expecting the animatronics to move around immediately, you’ve got another thing coming. It takes a while. I, personally, wasn’t expecting it. I loved the pacing, so that wasn’t an issue for me – but it has been for other people, I’ve noticed.

I do think that the pacing of this novel was great, and I really enjoyed it. It wasn’t just lore, and it wasn’t just horror. There was also an element of watching people and how they deal with grief, how they deal with terrible events that happen in their lives. I really did enjoy the overall atmosphere of the story, and it left me wanting more. I think that Scott did a fantastic job, and if he wants to release a dozen other AU novels, I’m going to pick up each and every one.

4/5 stars. It was fantastic. I’m certainly going to end up reading it again – after all, I devoured this book in one night.

 

Until next time, guys! Keep reading and writing, and keep being awesome!~

Author Amanda McCormick

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