“There are a million ways to find yourself at the bottom of Jacob’s Ladder, but only one way to reach the top….”
Jacob’s Ladder by Brian Keaney
(young adult book review)
Jacob’s Ladder is a YA book that I was lucky enough to find in a charity shop for 50p. I read it in one sitting and enjoyed it so much I decided to write this short little review just to sing its praises and to recommend. It’s like, the perfect YA book. A little bit weird, a little bit mysterious, a little bit dark.
The story begins with our young protagonist waking up in a deserted field with no memory of anything except his name – Jacob.
Jacob has no choice but to basically make his way through this mysterious place where he finds himself, striving to discover his lost memories – find out where he comes from and of course more importantly – how to get back there.
I can’t say too much about the plot because it’s best not to know too much. The book is very strange, but at the same time extremely easy to read and a real page turner. Granted it’s a YA book, hence easier to read and finishing it is one setting but I still couldn’t wait to read more about Jacob’s journey, find out why he was in the field – and the places beyond – and what might be about to happen. For a YA book it’s a very dark story and some scenes wouldn’t have been out of place in a horror movie. Though along with this dark terror there is also a sparkling originality and something, that somehow, worked its way into my (stone cold) heart.
And perhaps an even easier way of saying it would be – listen, if you liked The Maze Runner, you’ll probably like this. Jacob’s Ladder is a brilliant read, extremely well written and full of adventure, curiosity and originality. Top marks!