Sixteen-year-old Blake and his younger brother, Quinn, are exact opposites. Blake is the responsible member of the family. He constantly has to keep an eye on the fearless Quinn, whose thrill-seeking sometimes goes too far.
But the stakes get higher when Blake has to chase Quinn into a bizarre phantom carnival that traps its customers forever.In order to escape, Blake must survive seven deadly rides by dawn, each of which represents a deep, personal fear -- from a carousel of stampeding animals to a hall of mirrors that changes people into their deformed reflections.Blake ultimately has to face up to a horrible secret from his own past to save himself and his brother -- that is, if the carnival doesn't claim their souls first!
- Genre: Fantasy, Horror, Dark, Suspense,Mystery
- Age: Young Adult
- Source: owned ebook
- Read on November 29, 2012
FINAL RATING: ★★★★/★★★★★
I love Neal Shusterman.
Especially after reading Bruiser, Unwind and UnWholly (i really need to find time to read his other books-especially skinjacker :D). I love that his works are always deep and quite psychological. Full Tilt didn't disappoint.
This is a story about trauma, despair, guilt and much more. It's a ride through the fears of all people who get stuck in that carnival.
Like i said, it is quite psychological, because characters are faced with their worst fears, and they don't know how to beat them.
That carnival is a definition of creepy as well.
Although the characters were the best part of the book, i found that story had it's flaws. Till the end it remained a mystery about Carnival and Cassandra, the one behind the scenes. I was too obsessed with characters and story to not notice the background one. The rides were quite interesting. The way it connected was kind of unusual, and with each ride, they were becoming far more scary.
And don't expect a love story, because this book definitely isn't one.
“They say you never know who's the real hero and who's the real coward until you're looking death in the face. I've always been afraid of plenty of things, but fear isn't what makes you a coward. It's how depraved your heart becomes when fear gets pumped through it.”
So we have two brothers, Blake and Quinn who are not in best type of relationship; and we have a couple, Maggie and Russ.
The narrator of this story is Blake, and while whole book was from his POV, i liked everything about it. Blake will always think then react before he does something, unlike other three in the story. I found that he is quite interesting and likeable character with own depth.
♦ Quinn :
Quinn on the other hand is quite reckless, doesn't care if he will live or die the next day-he lives his life to the fullest. Being that type, he doesn't understand why Blake is always retreating, why Blake doesn't take chances at doing what he wants. He considers Blake a coward, and Blake himself thinks the same. But none of them were actually being honest to each other.
♦ Maggie and Riss:
As for Maggie and Riss, they thought their love was true, but...
Very very interesting, beautifully written and a fast page turner. Do not expect this book to actually be 100% explained - some things are better off with being a mystery. (Although i wish it could have been longer =.=)