Book Review: The Spindlers by Lauren Oliver

Liza awakes one morning expecting her little brother to be the same annoying pest as always, but as soon as she spots him at the breakfast table, she realises something is different. And in that heart stopping moment, it occurs to her that The Spindlers have come in the night and taken his soul. 

With disbelieving parents, Liza realises it is up to her to go “Below” and save her brother, before it’s too late. 

Her journey through the magical land below the real world, led by a rat in fancy dress, is filled with interactions with mystical creatures, dangers, and the realisation that there is more to life and the world than she ever could have imagined. 

Magic, mystery, friendship, love, and hope, are the overriding messages The Spindlers brings forward, with the moral of the story being with a lot of love and dedication, and belief in yourself, anything is possible. Even saving your brother’s soul from the evil Spindlers. 

Lauren Oliver is one of my favourite Young Adult authors (her novel “Before I Fall” is one of my top ten YA novels), and her debut book for younger readers does not disappoint. For younger readers, The Spindlers is a thrilling read, with a brilliant message, and will surely become a favourite for many. 

Rating: For tweens and younger teens – 4.5/5
Published By: Hodder & Stoughton (Hachette Australia)

frangipani princess xoxo

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