Title: The Twelve Fingered Boy
Author: John Hornor Jacobs
Series: The Incarcerado Trilogy
Release Date: Feb. 2013
Fifteen-year-old fast-talking Shreve doesn’t mind juvie. He’s good at dealing contraband candy, and three meals a day is more than his drunk mother provided. In juvie, the rules never change and everyone is the same. In juvie, Shreve has life figured out.
So when he’s assigned a strangely silent and vulnerable new cellmate, Jack, Shreve takes the younger boy under his wing. But all Shreve’s plans and schemes unravel when he discovers Jack is different. For one thing, Jack has six fingers per hand. For another thing, he just might have superpowers.
Soon Jack has drawn the attention of the cellblock bullies as well as the mysterious and chilling Mr. Quincrux—who claims to be from the Department of Health and Human Services. But when Shreve feels Quincrux invade his mind and shuffle through his darkest memories, he knows Quincrux’s interest in Jack is far more sinister. Mr. Quincrux means to take Jack away. For what purposes, no one knows.
But Shreve has another plan: escape.
My Rating: 5 Stars
I must admit this isn't usually what I would call my cup of tea, if my brother hadn't found it at the bookstore and picked it up for me because he thought it sounded interesting I probably never would have heard of it let alone actually bought and read it. But my brother picked it out for me and it sounded interesting and I decided not to have another book I would probably never read sitting on my shelf forever, so I read it and of course I kinda loved it.
I do not know how to describe or explain this book or my feelings for it which makes it kind of hard to review but it was just so unique and while it sounds cliche and it's not very helpful or descriptive all I can think to say is that it's like nothing I've ever read before. See, cliche and that doesn't tell you much about the book or if you should read it but it is what it is. I will say I don't think it's a book for everyone, I don't think it's the best book I have ever read, it's not even really one of my favorites I've read this year it just is. It's unique and intriguing and griping and heart wrenching, it's also a little boring at times but it's really good. If I had to chose three words to describe this book they would be as follows: Unique, interesting, gripping. I just feel like it's one of those books that you will never find one like it and it will stick with for a long time if only because your still trying to figure out what it is about this book that was so good.
Characters/relationships - I loved Shreve and Jack so much and their relationship, I just love that this book is all about friendship and brotherly love. Shreve protects Jack like he is his younger brother and that's what they become, brothers. I loved that that was the main relationship and focus of this book. Not romance but family.
Plot: While I am still highly confused on what it is that this book is about, you know we haven't gotten the run down on why certain characters can do certain things, it is just so unique. I feel like I am over using that word but it is so true.
Setting: I admit the main thing that would have originally turned me off of this book was the fact that it is apparently set in a juvenile detention center, not really something I want or care to read about but at the same time it's something I have never read about and not the whole book is set there and it turned out that those parts were some of my favorites.
Incarcerado - I love this, I guess you would call it metaphor, it encompasses the whole book. It's not just about being locked up in juvie but about being stuck in your own body, in your own head, in your own life. I just really loved that.
The Writing: Just so good.
X-Men : In a way it has a kinda x-men mutant thing going on and it totally pulls it off while being extremely original, that's always a plus in my book!
- It feels untruthful when I can't think up any dislikes but I really can't with this book, I'm sorry! Except maybe I wanted a little more info on what exactly was going on.
Overall - I really liked this book. It takes some time to get into and figure things out and understand some of the words and the way the character talks but once you get into it you wont stop reading. It's not necessarily a book that will keep you up all night but at the same time it's like it will be in the back of your mind urging you to finish it, haunting your dreams until you do....Cue eerie music.
Would I Recommend This? Yes but I honestly have no idea who to. I like to compare the book I am reviewing to other books but I got nothing for this one. I will say that it is more adult not for relationship stuff but for more mental stuff and there is some things about rape, so it's for a more mature audience, I think.
Will I read the next in the series? Yes but not yet. I feel like I kinda have to work up to it, mentally, and kind of get over this one before starting the next.
Theme Song For This Book: Turn The Page by Metallica (originally by Bob Seger)