Title: The Silver Eyes
Series: Five Nights at Freddy’s, #1
Author: Scott Cawthon, Kira Breed-Wrisley
Published: Scholastic Inc, September 2016
Genre: Horror, Mystery
Ten years after the horrific murders at Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza that ripped their town apart, Charlie, whose father owned the restaurant, and her childhood friends reunite on the anniversary of the tragedy and find themselves at the old pizza place which had been locked up and abandoned for years. After they discover a way inside, they realize that things are not as they used to be. The four adult-sized animatronic mascots that once entertained patrons have changed. They now have a dark secret . . . and a murderous agenda.
Originally posted May 30, 2017. And warning in advance, guys. I’m on a FNAF kick.
Wow, it took me way too long to get to this. And to read it. My Kindle said it would take less than five hours, but I’ve been reading this for most of the month. I’m going middle of the road with this one. I liked it. I enjoyed it. I didn’t love it. And I noticed that the ebook highlights dropped off dramatically about halfway through, which makes me wonder how many people got to the end, or if people just tended to find the second half less interesting.
Five Nights at Freddy’s: The Silver Eyes was always going to be a risky venture. Books and movies based on video games tend to be. Let’s be honest, there’s a lot of trash out there based on video games. However, as it goes, I think this one did a pretty good job. I was thinking throughout whether or not people who aren’t fans of the game series would be able to follow and enjoy this book. Now, I am a fan of the games (I got sucked into the story and community and I’m honestly just never going to escape) so you may have to ask someone who isn’t, but I do think you could follow this if you didn’t know the games. However, I definitely think that having the background knowledge from the games filled in a lot of blanks for me.
For me, it was one hundred percent the characters that carried this. Perhaps there were a few too many, leaving some of the main cast of teens a little underdeveloped, but for the most part, I could stick with them. I liked Charlie as a protagonist (and, despite the POV changing at really odd moments, sometimes for just a couple lines or paragraphs, oops, I do consider her the protagonist). Her relationship with John especially was pretty strong. I liked them together. Considering how things started out, though, I was expecting more development of her relationship with Jessica than we ended up getting. I do think a pretty good job was done of developing those deceased and otherwise absent characters we never got to meet, and I appreciate that.
I say that the characters carried it because honestly? The story was a little goofy. It was definitely a FNaF story—dead children and haunted animatronics—but I think that just works better in a video game. The atmosphere of a game allows for such, well, goofiness. I’m not sure that books carry it as well. If the animatronics had been pure robots controlled by a serial killer, it would still have been silly but I think it might have carried better. That aside, though, I liked the mystery. Because FNaF does need mystery, and this book had it. Especially in the first half of the book (I’m starting to understand the drop off as I type this) I wanted to keep going and unravel the mystery, particularly how it might divulge from the games. And this book does, in some fairly interesting ways.
Writing style? Pretty good. Some weird POV stuff like I said. And the abundance of “was/did not” and such got to me—contractions are your friends! All books could do with punch-ups. For the most part, I had few disagreements.
Would I recommend this book to someone who’s not a fan of the games? Probably not. It’s what got me through it. And will I be reading the next FNaF book? Yes, absolutely, but we’ll have to see if I do right when it comes out or not.
(Update: I think we can tell that I didn’t. It’s on my list, though.)