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Five Nights at Freddy’s: The Silver Eyes #BookReview

Based on the bestselling horror video game series, Five Nights at Freddy’s follows a young woman named Charlotte, who reunites with her childhood friends on the anniversary of the tragedy that ripped their town apart. It’s been exactly ten years since the murders at Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza, and Charlotte, who goes by the name Charlie, has spent the last ten years trying to forget. Her father had owned Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza and had built its four adult-sized animatronic animals. After meeting up with her friends, curiosity leads them back to the old pizza place, and they find it hidden, but still standing. They discover a way inside, but things are not as they used to be: the four mascots that delighted and entertained them as children have changed. The animatronic animals have a dark secret and a murderous agenda.

Book cover for 5 Nights at Freddys
Christmas Gift.

Title: Five Nights at Freddy’s: The Silver Eyes | Author: Scott Cawthon and Kira Breed-Wrisely | Pub. Date: 12/16/2015 | Pages: 330 | ASIN: B019HC4EQ2 | Genre: YA Horror, Video Game spin-off | Language: English | Triggers: Intimated child death/disappearance | Rating: Starred | Source: Gift

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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 peek under the spoiler tag to check it out:

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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.

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.

Five Nights at Freddy’s: The Silver Eyes is available for purchase on Kobo | Thriftbooks | Barnes & Noble | Amazon

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