Friday, February 17, 2017

The Hole by Guy Burt


A group of students (college or high school? It's never quite clear) decide to pull a prank and rather than go out on a trip with the school, go to a never used part of the school that has a few rooms inaccessible by anything other than a ladder. The group plans on staying for three days before a friend will let them out.

The premise of this book makes no sense. How is it a "practical joke" that instead of going on a trip, you're spending it in a hole? It made no sense to me what they wanted to accomplish by this experiment.

Then there was the narrative. It switched between the kids in the hole and one of them outside of the hole, after they made it out. But when you first start reading it, there's no indication that this is the case and you're left wondering what the heck is going on.

This book isn't all bad though. The twist at the end is quite good. Unfortunately at that point I didn't care because everything else about the book was so awful. I don't recommend this one at all.

First Line: "In the last Easter term, before the Hole, life was bright and good at Our Glorious School."


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