Hello and welcome to my mini review of The Cabin At The End Of The World by Paul Tremblay.
“Seven-year-old Wen and her parents, Eric and Andrew, are vacationing at a remote cabin on a quiet New Hampshire lake. Their closest neighbors are more than two miles in either direction along a rutted dirt road.
One afternoon, as Wen catches grasshoppers in the front yard, a stranger unexpectedly appears in the driveway. Leonard is the largest man Wen has ever seen but he is young, friendly, and he wins her over almost instantly. Leonard and Wen talk and play until Leonard abruptly apologizes and tells Wen, “None of what’s going to happen is your fault”. Three more strangers then arrive at the cabin carrying unidentifiable, menacing objects. As Wen sprints inside to warn her parents, Leonard calls out: “Your dads won’t want to let us in, Wen. But they have to. We need your help to save the world.”
Well I’m not surprised that Stephen King likes this because it’s very up his alleyway in terms of writing a story that starts off kind of normal and takes a weird turn. This was strange and unusual and all kinds of terrifying. What first looks like a home invasion quickly takes a turn when the people claim they are here to save the world, but at a cost. The cost is great and after everything they go through we still don’t know if it was worth it, was it enough and if any of it was even real.
The concept was so weird and scary but I liked it, very thought provoking.