Short review for a short chapter. This chapter is mainly focused on the Griever and Thomas’s response to the monster which is…well I guess it’s good if you are a person who finds the Grievers scary and terrifying, but I don’t.
So this chapter really fell flat for me.
First of all, the monster is…dumb. Really, really dumb. Here’s the description:
It looked like an experiment gone terribly wrong—something from a nightmare. Part animal, part machine, the Griever rolled and clicked along the stone pathway. Its body resembled a gigantic slug, sparsely covered in hair and glistening with slime, grotesquely pulsating in and out as it breathed. It had no distinguishable head or tail, but front to end it was at least six feet long, four feet thick.
Every ten to fifteen seconds, sharp metal spikes popped through its bulbous flesh and the whole creature abruotly curled into a ball and spun forward. Then it would settle, seeming to gather its bearing, the spikes receding back through the moist skin with a sick slurping sound. It did this over and over, traveling just a few feet at a time.
But hair and spikes were not the only things protruding from the Griever’s body. Several randomly placed mechanical arms stuck out here and there, each one with a different purpose. A few had bright lights attached to them. Other has long, menacing needles. One had a three-fingered claw that clasped and unclasped for no apparent reason. When the creature rolled, these arms folded and maneuvered to avoid being crushed. Thomas wondered what—or who—could create such frightening, disgusting creatures.
That was a long description, but this…it’s not very compelling. It’s very hard to wrap my head around what this thing looks like and, yeah, that’s a big part of why I don’t find them terrifying. Plus…the Grievers move in a dumb way. Up there it says that they spin, but I think a more accurate word is ‘roll’ and that’s just plain silly!
Maybe I expect too much from my book monsters.
Oh well, the most unnerving thing about this creature is when it started to climb the wall where Thomas and Alby are hanging out at (though how exactly it’s climbing I’ll find out next, I guess), other than that, it’s nothing special.
I know where the story is going but I hope it picks up again soon.