Title: Grad Night
Author: Carver Pike
This is not YA horror, and these aren’t your typical teenagers.
The teachers at DS High know something’s not right. It’s the reason they don’t stay late to grade papers, they leave school in packs so nobody’s alone, and they stay away from the one boy with the cult-like following. Evil walks the high school hallways and everyone knows its name: James Bender.
They’ve made it through the school year unscathed. Well, almost. Now, the graduating class is planning something special for their favorite teachers. It’s by personal invite only.
Teachers are dying for an invitation. Here’s yours.
Join us at this year’s Grad Night party. It’ll be one you’ll never forget.
Carver Pike takes ordinary circumstances, cinches them tight with razor wire, and then saws back and forth. Gasp for air, holler for help, and pray for an end to the madness.
So, the entire time I was reading this, the song “Teenagers” by My Chemical Romance played in my head.
The living shit out of me
They could care less
As long as someone’ll bleed”
This is a very fitting theme for this book.
DS High operates like any other high school. There are cliques, overzealous kids, and pure evil. James Bender is one student that gives all the teachers chills though none of them are really sure why. The student body rallies around him, and a few of the teachers do what they can to avoid him at all costs.
That is, until they receive their invitations to the Grad Night Party. It’s a party they won’t want to miss.
So this is my first book from Carver Pike, and oh, how I loved it.
This was such a refreshing take on horror, mob mentality, and the dangers of human nature. I loved the way the author gave each character a story, a driving motivation behind what they did. He also countered this by offering up countering POVs in which the characters didn’t know how far the consequences of their actions would reach.
With each passing scene and the amped up horror, I loved how the author was consistent to each character’s personality. I especially loved the twist at the ending. I had my suspicions about Josie and Bog, but I loved what they did (I don’t want to give away spoilers!)
So, all in all, if you like horror, and aren’t already terrified of teenagers, you’ll love this book! If you’re a teacher, read with caution.