Abarat Book reviews


Author(s): Clive BarkerDownload  


Candy lives in Chickentown USA: the most boring place in the world, her heart bursting for some clue as to what her future may hold. She is soon to find out: swept out of our world by a giant wave, she finds herself in another place entirely…The Abarat: a vast archipelago where every island is a different hour of the day, from the sunlit wonders of Three in the Afternoon, where dragons roam, to the dark terrors of the island of Midnight, ruled by Christopher Carrion.Candy has a place in this extraordinary world: she has been brought here to help save the Abarat from the dark forces that are stirring at its heart. Forces older than time itself, and more evil than anything Candy has ever encountered.

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A Broken Zebra

A Broken Zebra rated it      

Still one of my absolute favourite books. Not too sure why I haven’t reviewed it before, since I’ve read it no less than three times, buuut whatever. Clive is crazy talented, because not only does he give us this rich, creative world of Abarat, but he also does all of the artwork. And the paintings? Are simply gorgeous. I think it’s so unique to have a world where every island represents an hour of time.

Being a Young Adult novel, it can, at times, be a little simple and/or childish, but it’s to be expected. By no means should this be a turn off, as the characters are fun (good, bad, and neutral alike) and the world even more fun. The main character, Candy Quakenbush, has great potential for the books to follow, and Clive presents enough mysteries to get you hooked, enough to make you want to read the series to know what’s in store.

I like to think the poetry and nursery rhymes Barker peppers through out as neat, bonus features. Plus, he includes an excerpt from the Almenak (sic) that’s mentioned in the novel, which depicts all twenty-five islands and then some. And yes, you read correctly; twenty five islands, where the Twenty-Fifth Hour is the Time Out of Time.

Onto book two!


Vikki rated it     

This book is very very interesting.
To anyone who reads this book, I suggest either getting the hardcover, or at least renting the hardcover from your local library. I say this because Clive Barker has painted very beautiful and strange pictures to help the reader understand this very strange world he has created.
This story is about a girl named Candy Quackenbash (weird name I know) who gets tired of her normal life and ventures into the sea with a very strange creature who has one head plus 6 other little ones attached. (I’m not sure if that’s the right number of heads so please don’t scold me!) Now by the sea, I mean the real sea, and all of a sudden she is in a world where each island is one hour of the day, so there are 24 islands…and she soon finds that Sir Midnight wants Candy for himself, she has no idea why, but he does, and not only that but she realizes that this place is very familiar to her….
So if you want to find out WHY, please read it! It’s very cool and strange and just wow. Clive Barker has created this awesome world with unique characters who are waiting to be discovered by YOU. So go get the book, you probably wont be dissapointed. 🙂

Michael Kelly

Michael Kelly rated it      

Firstly, this book is fantastically, beautifully, gorgeously illustrated with colour paintings by the author.

It is a fantasy rather than a horror, though there are elements of horror in it. Christopher Carrion and his minions are marvelously morbid and nightmarish creations (although there is a surprising depth to Carrion himself, it will be interesting to see how this develops in the later books in the series).

The book is just so original, so unlike anything else: a world where islands are times of day rather than just pieces of geography; where characters are nearly all bizarre in the extreme. It is an extraordinary feat of imagination.

This first book is one of exploration and slow discovery, with the main threads of the plot just hinted at so far. The reader is as uncertain of things as is Candy, the heroine. Nothing can be taken for granted.

Astonishing, imaginative and beautiful.

Rebecca McPhedran

Rebecca McPhedran rated it      

Candy is a young girl living in Chickentown, Minnesota. Her mother seems dissociated with reality and her father is a drunk. She feels as though she doesn’t belong. One day, after leaving school grounds, when she was supposed to be going to the principal office, she takes a walk that will change her life.
She ends up calling a sea (the Sea of Isabelle) to save a young thief called John Mischief and his brothers. She narrowly escapes a henchman, and rides the waves of the Sea of Isabelle into a different place called Abarat. In Abarat, she meets many different species and animals, some kindly, some unsavory. She is launched into a series of adventures to get away from Lord Carrion and his underlings, and in the process meets a few new friends. She starts to feel as though Abarat has always been her home. And so begins a great series.

Rebecca Grant

Rebecca Grant rated it      

I read this book when I was around 12-13 years old. I remember seeing it on a shelf when my parents told me to find something I wanted to buy since they were getting my brother a cool water gun. Well, I chose it and it is quite literally my favourite book. Adventure and magic all placed into a huge world called Abarat, the imagination that was used to build this world is unlike any I’ve ever seen and I can confidently that I was always awed by the scenes the descriptive writing caused to swirl in my head. If you are a fan of new, strange and magical worlds then this book is something you should definitely read! I love it.


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