My rating: (3 / 5)
This is a super-fast, super-horrifying read.
I love horror novels, but I kind of hate gore. I think I just like the adrenaline rush of being scared. Usually I have to skim the icky parts (kind of like how I close my eyes in horror movies when it gets too bloody). I was pleasantly surprised when I barely had to skim at all in the first half of this book.
But then, yeah, I skimmed a lot of the last half, which is probably why it was such a fast read!
Castaways is the thinly veiled story of the TV show “Survivor” if all the worst things that could happen to the cast did happen. Tropical storm? Check. Maniac cast member? Check. Crazy half-neaderthal, psychotic, smelly, hairy, underfed cannibalistic violent-killing-machine island natives? Che-what? Yep, sorry, I’m serious – Check.
It’s kind of fun to root for the survivors though, and it pays off in the end. Hey, not everybody dies! That’s always a plus in a horror novel.