Title: Heap House
Author: Edward Carey
Genre: Middle Grade/ YA
About the book (Taken from Goodreads):
Clod is an Iremonger. He lives in the Heaps, a vast sea of lost and discarded items collected from all over London. At the centre is Heap House, a puzzle of houses, castles, homes and mysteries reclaimed from the city and built into a living maze of staircases and scurrying rats.
The Iremongers are a mean and cruel family, robust and hardworking, but Clod has an illness. He can hear the objects whispering. His birth object, a universal bath plug, says ‘James Henry’, Cousin Tummis’s tap is squeaking ‘Hilary Evelyn Ward-Jackson’ and something in the attic is shouting ‘Robert Burrington‘ and it sounds angry.
A storm is brewing over Heap House. The Iremongers are growing restless and the whispers are getting louder. When Clod meets Lucy Pennant, a girl newly arrived from the city, everything changes. The secrets that bind Heap House together begin to unravel to reveal a dark truth that threatens to destroy Clod’s world.
There is something about this book that makes your brain hesitate. The absolute strangeness of it all is almost too much. The absurdity of the setting leaves you wondering if you can suspend your disbelief. Then all of sudden, you’re there. Pulled into Carey’s wonderfully peculiar world. You accept Heap House for what it is: ugly, creepy, and curiously addicting.
Seriously, this book is weird! The best way I can describe it is: a mystery of peculiar magic set in a gothic fantasy world in alternative Victorian London.
In short, the setting is intriguing, the story line strangely addicting, and the ending unsatisfying. There is a second book, but I’m still debating as to whether or not I want to be sucked into the series.
Overall: 3.5 Stars.
Parental Note: Is this middle grade? It has swearwords and vague sexual references.