Back in 1982, five friends chose sacrifices to put into a mysterious box and vow to never return at night, never to visit alone and never to take their sacrifices back. Flash forward four years, the friends no longer speak and someone has broken the rules. Strange and eerie events keep happening, people are dying and the five must band together again to stop it.
Firstly, yes..there are lots of similarities between IT and The Sacrifice Box. They both follow a group of predominantly misfit kids/teens as they try to solve a horrifying mystery and it’s also set in the eighties. Stewart also takes seemingly innocent, and non-scary things and distorts them into something very unsettling.
Sep was a charming lead and I really began to care for him as the novel progressed. The other four in the main group were good characters, but unfortunately I don’t feel like they had enough of a focus, believing for once that this could have benefited from dual perspectives. There were some strong foundations for characterisation there, but it didn’t quite reach it’s full potential on that front.
Martin’s overall writing style is beautiful though. His descriptions are mesmerising and he has some of the funniest dialogue I’ve read in a YA novel for quite some time. The plot was a tad predictable and I could have done without the flashbacks, but it was a fun, spooky read. Nothing more, nothing less.
I’m a little disappointed that it didn’t live up to my personal expectations, but I know a lot of people who will enjoy this book more than I did and I can’t wait to recommend it to them!
Thank you to Netgalley, Martin Stewart and Penguin Random House for giving me a review copy!