Title: The Serpent King
Author: Jeff Zetner
Going into this book, I had heard amazing things. It has a 4.2 star rating on Goodreads, and in the past few years had made many readers top books of the year list. So, nevertheless I was intrigued and had my hopes high, not expecting them to be met, and even exceeded.
High school student Dillard Early and his two best friends, Lydia and Travis are all from different functioning families, and have different things in store for them once they graduate. The story follows their senior year and their family struggles, school struggles and struggles within. The plot picks up right as the story starts, immersing you into the small town of Forrestville.
There are twist and turns that I never even expected, and I can promise you that you’ll need tissues.
The characters, main and side, were all developed very well throughout the story. We got to see into the lives of Dill, Lydia and Travis individually, with the switching of PoV each chapter which I felt helped us get to know them better.
The wiring style was so fitting for the setting of a small town, but was easy to read and flowed nicely. It had a eerie hint to it, which I think added to the whole atmosphere of the novel.
I am so happy that I picked up The Serpent King! It was a unique contemporary that I would highly suggest to any reader who wants a book that is a little different!
Have you read The Serpent King? If so, what were your thoughts? Did you enjoy it as much as I did? Let me know in a comment!
If you haven’t read it, are you planning to? Let me know!