Melody
ISBN-13: 9780061732959
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Published: August 2009
240 pgs





Reading Wait Until Twilight is totally a new experience for me. In the beginning, I was very intrigued by the premise. It is about a sixteen-year-old, Samuel, who is coping with the death of her mother after she died of a brain tumor. However, this story does not focus on his dealing of her death, it is more of a coming-of-age story after he encountered something horrific and unimaginable that made him see things differently and more clearly as compared to other boys his age.

Samuel's father owns a shop and his brother, Jill is attending college in a nearby town. Samuel is not close with his family, but that does not really bother him. His so-called peaceful life is interrupted when he has to think of ideas for his school project and he found three deformed babies in his neighbour's house. Before this, he had heard of rumours on the babies but this is the first time that he actually believed in them. Thereafter, the image of the deformed babies began to haunt him in his waking moments as well as in his dreams and he knows he has to see them again.

The triplets' mother, Mrs Greenan, however does not welcome him and thinks he is nothing but a troublemaker. Besides the triplets, Mrs Greenan also has an older son, Daryl, but it seems there is something not right about him. Samuel is troubled by his violent and abusive behaviour and this is where the core of the story really is. You see, Samuel is battling with himself for as much as he find the triplets horrifying, however there is an emotion in him that makes him want to save them. This dilemma he faces will question about his humanity and how the decision he made in the end will affect his outlook on life thereafter.

In the beginning, I did not know what to expect when I started reading this story. Reading the part about the deformed triplets left me in chills because like Samuel, I was totally unprepared for it. Honestly I was a little scared of them, but yet I also felt sorry for them. This book was not an easy read and there were times I had to set it aside before picking it up again. Though the story may sound a little dark, but I like the idea of having a young protagonist who is battling with his inner self, especially on a sensitive topic like this.

I want to thank the author and his publicist for sending this book to me for review.

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18 Responses
  1. Julia Says:

    Interesting review Melody! It intriguing and make me curious of Mrs Greenan's older son Daryl. Like what happen to him and what made him that way...

    And no, I'm not asking you the questions. It's example of my curiousy ;) Great review!


  2. Alice Teh Says:

    This book does have an interesting story to tell. Thanks for the review, Melody!


  3. Sandy Nawrot Says:

    I've been wondering about this one, as I knew nothing of the plot. Great review!


  4. Veens Says:

    Jeez! I won't be able to read this one at all.. Oh My! Deformed triplets and all.. :()


  5. Julie P. Says:

    I thought this book was intriguing to say the least. It's hard to explain the feelings that this book evoked, but I actually did think it was very well done.


  6. Ceri Says:

    I keep reading about this one and it's really piqued my curiosity. It sounds thought-provoking and slightly dark - something right up my street! :) Good review.


  7. Andreea Says:

    Hmm, I don't think I would like this one, it's too dark. Great review, anyway!


  8. Beth F Says:

    I just don't know if this one is for me.


  9. Nymeth Says:

    "Though the story may sound a little dark, but I like the idea of having a young protagonist who is battling with his inner self, especially on a sensitive topic like this."

    I think I'd like that a lot too! And you know me: I don't really mind dark!


  10. softdrink Says:

    This one has been popping up a lot lately. And every time I see the look on the cover boy's face...yikes!


  11. Violet Says:

    Great Review Melody, thats exactly how I felt about the book :)


  12. Melody Says:

    Julia - You'll have to read it to find out yourself. ;P

    Alice - It sure is!

    Sandy - I hope you'll check out this book now that you've read the plot! ;)

    Veens, Andreea, Beth - I know not every books are for everyone, including this.

    Julie - Yes, it's definitely intriguing! I think the author has done a great job considering this is his first novel.

    Ceri - I can't wait to hear what you'll think of this book if you do read it! :)

    Nymeth - Yes, I know your reading preferences! And I like your choice because they mostly end up on my wishlist! :P

    Jill - I don't really like the cover either. I'm not even sure if this boy portrays the protagonist or the other boy, Daryl.

    Violet - Thanks, Violet! I'm glad we share the same thoughts. :)


  13. This sounds like such an interesting book. I haven't heard too much about it and so was glad to read your review, Melody. Thanks for your great review.


  14. Dot Says:

    This sounds really interesting! Another one to add to the TBR pile, thanks for the review!


  15. naida Says:

    I have heard this one was a difficult read. It does sound interesting.
    Great review.

    http://thebookworm07.blogspot.com/


  16. Iliana Says:

    Well, this does sound quite different. I really enjoyed your review and now I'm even more curious about the book! It's going on my list, Melody :)


  17. Hazra Says:

    Your review really piqued my curiosity. I like dark books, and this sounds intriguing.


  18. Melody Says:

    Wendy, Iliana - I've to admit I've not read any book like this. :)

    Dot - I'm glad you're adding this book to your wishlist!

    Naida - It is surely not an easy read, but I'm glad I read it.

    Hazra - I hope you'll enjoy this book when you get to it!