Review: Five Nights At Freddy’s: The Silver Eyes

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Title: Five Nights at Freddy’s: The Silver Eyes

Author: Scott Cawthon, Kira Breed-Wrisley

Publisher Information: Scholastic, Inc., Paperback September 27, 2016

Source: Purchased

Synopsis: 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.

Being that Halloween is right around the corner, it felt appropriate that I start with a spoopy book for my first review.  I had wanted to check this book out since like a lot of children, Miss J loves all things Five Nights at Freddy’s (henceforth called FNaF).  I have spent hours watching Markiplier play through the games with J and when I saw Scott Cawthon had written a book, I knew she would want to read it.  Scott is the game developer and so he is the authority for all things FNaF.   Since it was in the Teen section and I know the game is considered to be a horror game, I didn’t want to just hand it over to her.  Part of the appeal of FNaF is the lore, and I was pretty excited to get some insight considering the large amount of questions that the game has left unanswered.

The book follows Charlie, a 17 year old girl returning back to the town where she once lived.  Her father owned a pizzeria (think Chuck E Cheese) years ago and one of Charlie’s friends had gone missing (and presumed dead).  Charlie’s world fell apart soon after and she goes to live with her aunt, leaving behind the town.  She had kept in touch with her group of friends, and the missing boy’s parents are awarding a scholarship named for their missing boy.  At their request, the entire group of friends had agreed to reunite for the occasion.

It doesn’t take long for the group to end up at the place where it all happened, and they find it has not been demolished, but rather sealed up.  Charlie also has some lingering things from her past that she needs to come to terms with while also realizing that the pizza place may not be as abandoned as the town thinks.  The animatronics are still inside and all may not be well.

I am not going to say I loved this book, but it was an easy read.  I found the story really didn’t have much to do with the current game lore, instead creating a sort of alternative universe.  There is a character that is in the books that is also in the new game, Sister Location. but other than that it is just the animatronics.  I didn’t think they were honestly in the book enough, focusing mainly on Charlie and her working through her feelings seeing her old friends again and the things from her past.  Lore wise with the first FNaF games, this doesn’t fit in at all, and when you throw Sister Location in the mix, it makes little to no sense.  It really reminded me of my teenage reading years, when I would read endless Christoper Pike and R L Stine novels.  Charlie was an okay character, but there wasn’t anything there that made me really root for her, or any of the characters, to be honest.

Did I think J could read this book?  Not really, and not because of the contents.  There wasn’t much in the way of gore or sexual situations.  There were zero “bad words” in the novel, but I think the style of writing would not hold her at this stage and the lack of appearances from the animatronic crew would be a disappointment to her.

Recommended For: Mature 10 and up (really just based on the style of writing) and anyone who loves FNaF.

Rating: 2 stars as I didn’t think it was a bad read, but I probably would not read it again.

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