“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.”
Five Nights at Freddy’s: The Silver Eyes Review
I have a small confession to make. I love the Freddy games and I love the toys. I’ll even admit to watching a lot of the theory YouTubers. Yes, the games are relatively simple but they’re fun. And Scott Cawthon was a genius when it came to teasing the upcoming games. But, I’m not here to talk about the games but the book. I was interested in it because it wasn’t just a fan book, it had been written with the creator of the game. And since the game has a lot of gaps that can be filled in, plot-wise, I thought it could fill in a lot of them.
Well, Five Nights at Freddy’s: The Silver Eyes does and it doesn’t. As Scott puts it, “It’s a re-imagining of the timeline and events”. So there’s a lot of familiar stuff but some of the questions go unanswered.
As for the book itself, it’s a very easy read. The writing style flows smoothly with no typos or misused words. The story and characters are very engaging. The events flow closely enough with the games that there’s nothing that really stands out as off.
There are one or two flaws that I found in the writing of Five Nights at Freddy’s: The Silver Eyes but they weren’t huge and probably unnoticeable to a lot of readers. My main issue was that the book takes place in 1993 but the teenage characters in it speak and act more like teenagers in 2016. Like I said, it probably wouldn’t be noticeable to younger readers but for people who were close to that age in 1993 it does stand out.
There was only one part that I had a major problem with because it’s a huge plot hole and, quite honestly, stupid. I think it could have been written a little better to get the kids to Freddy’s. I’ll go into it below, just highlight if you want to read it because it’s a massive spoiler.
Spoiler Start: On their second or third trip to Freddy’s the group of teens run into a sketchy security guard named Dave. They talk him into going inside with them, which he does, acting weird the whole time. He knows the controls and everything but this goes right over their heads. A little while after he disappears (which they think nothing of). Then the little brother of one of the teens sees Golden Bonnie (Dave) grab their friend, who is the son of the sheriff. With me still? Because this is where the absolute stupidity comes in.
They don’t believe him until they get outside and realize their friend is missing. So, they actually do the smart thing and tell a cop, who, of course, thinks they’re pranking him until they tell him their friend’s name. So, the sheriff comes down but since there’s no clear way to get into Freddy’s he thinks his son is playing a prank on his friends. Keep in mind, Freddy’s is where 5 children were kidnapped and killed and HE investigated it. But sure, prank.
The next morning the son STILL is not home and it takes the mom to come down to tell her husband the SHERIFF to go get him. So he sends an officer to go check it out.
Which is my whole problem. No father in his right mind would just shrug it off and it takes him an insanely long time to actually do something .Spoiler End
A complaint some people had was the ending and the behavior of the animatronics. I think it makes perfect sense, within the context of the story but that’s for each reader to decide for themselves, I guess.
Overall I really liked it. It’s clean enough for all ages and has some good, genuinely creepy moments but no excessive gore.
I give it 4 out of 5 Skulls