While perusing the shelves of current paperbacks at Bull’s Head Bookshop, I saw a very slim book that had a very interesting cover design.  I know, I know, don’t judge a book by a cover, but it’s my MO for picking which books I’m going to read if I have no previous recommendations.  Light Boxes is less than 150 pages long and easily can be finished in a matter of hours.  By the end of the first chapter (which comprised of a single sentence in giant font), I was intrigued by this book.  It’s a little post-modern and uses techniques such as point-of-view changes and different fonts and font sizes to tell the story, but it is still a very interesting read.

The story revolves around Thaddeus and the rest of the citizens of a little town which has been experiencing the season of February for almost two-hundred days.  They blame February, personified into a creator god figure, for all of their sadness and the kidnapping of many local children, and eventually plot to start a war against him.  I can’t say much more without revealing the interesting plot twists (and this book certainly has a lot of them for being so short), but the revelation is one that you don’t see coming and is one of the more interesting plot twists I’ve read in a very long, long time.  It’s a great read if you want something to pass the time with quickly.

Overall rating:  A.

Put this on your summer reading list, for sure.

– Samantha Ryan