Title: The Fandom
Author: Anna Day
Published by: Chicken House
Publication date: 4th January 2018
Pages: 416, paperback
Genre: young adult, contemporary, fantasy, romance
Cosplay ready, Violet and her friends are at Comic-Con.
They can’t wait to meet the fandom of mega movie, The Gallows Dance. What they’re not expecting is to be catapulted by freak accident into their favourite world – for real. Fuelled by love, guilt and fear, can the friends put the plot back on track and get out? The fate of the story is in their hands …
I had high hopes for this book, and once I started reading it turned out to be very different to what I was expecting – and I do not mean this as a criticism. I adored this book. It was fun and heart-wrenching and clever all at once.
The plot of this book is one of the best I have read in a long time, and it was executed beautifully by Anna. I loved how all the different worlds within the book (the real world, the book’s The Gallows Dance and the one they are launched into) clashed and intertwined with one another. Little details went wrong, or could be used to their advantage, and it was super interesting to see how it all slotted together. Whilst I was envisioning a happy ending, I genuinely had no idea what direction the book was going in, and it really kept me on my toes!
The writing in this book was also so amazing, and I could barely keep my eyes off the page! It was quite colloquial at times, which in some instances didn’t seem fitting, and jarred a little with the book’s fantasy setting. However, I read The Fandom after reading three classics consecutively (which was lovely, if slightly arduous), and so I found the narrative of this book hugely refreshing and exactly what I needed. There were also lots of contemporary references in the story (to Twilight, Divergent etc.), which is something I don’t see often in books, and I found it really entertaining.
The characters, and relationships between characters, were complex and varied, which is exactly what I look for in a book. As I was reading, it felt as if it could be so easy to get confused, with the dynamics between characters being so developed and so mixed, but somehow it remained clear the whole time. Whilst yes, it was extremely cheesy at times, especially towards the beginning of the book, my qualms about this book being overly-cliché were rendered unnecessary, as I was continuously surprised throughout (and I will say no more than this, for the purposes of keeping this review spoiler-free).
The Fandom book only comes out in January, and yet I am already hoping for a sequel! It was one of those books that I couldn’t put down, even when my eyes were aching with tiredness. As someone who fangirls over many books (including this one), and is a part of many fandoms, I would urge all my fellow readers and fanpeople to read this.