The Wicker King

The Wicker King

Book - 2017
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Best friends August and Jack struggle to cope as one spirals into madness.
Published: New York :, Imprint,, 2017.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781250101549
Branch Call Number: YA ANC
Characteristics: 313 pages :,illustrations ;,21 cm


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DBRL_JessicaM Sep 25, 2018

One friend goes crazy, the other tries to help, both realize their limitations

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Feb 20, 2019

The Wicker King was like a wild fever dream that I can’t stop thinking about. I read this book having no idea what it was about or what I was getting into, so it was shocking and intriguing from the very first page. This was one of the rare books that I feel changed something within me, and it left me in a hazy stupor for days. It made me question the nature of reality and how I see the world. I consider it the fantasy brother of the sci-fi book We Are The Ants, by Shaun David Hutchinson. I would recommend this book to everyone, but especially fans of We Are The Ants and other philosophical fiction books. 5/5! @nickreads of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

LPL_WilliamO Nov 15, 2017

Dark, moody, mysterious -- a perfect read for Fall. Both neglected by their parents, August and Jack have always been close and have depended on each other. As Jack begins seeing a world no one else can, he pulls August into more and more dangerous situations. Written with short chapters interspersed with photographs and other multimedia elements, the book will quickly draw you into their world. Best for mature teen readers, as contains some violence and explicit scenes.

The Wicker King is a fascinating novel filled with friendship, worry, and madness. The story revolves around Jack and August - two friends who are the textbook definition of opposites attract. When Jack starts to get hallucinations August helps by believing in him and what he sees as what a friend should. Then Jack and August went on an expedition to fulfill a dark prophecy while struggling not to lose their own sanity.
The author K. Ancrum did an exceptional job of describing the characters physically and mentally. The author description of the setting was poor so he could have described it with a bit more detail. The storyline moved fairly quickly and did not drag on. It had many unsuspecting twists and turns making readers want to find out what happens next. Something unique about this book is the illustrations on the page and the pages itself, like the police forms and the posters they see around the school. The Wicker King by K. Ancrum is a truly astonishing novel. - Savina


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