It Devours!

It Devours!

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From the authors of the New York Times bestselling novel Welcome to Night Vale and the creators of the #1 international podcast of the same name, comes a mystery exploring the intersections of faith and science, the growing relationship between two young people who want desperately to trust each other, and the terrifying, toothy power of the Smiling God. Nilanjana Sikdar is an outsider to the town of Night Vale. Working for Carlos, the town's top scientist, she relies on fact and logic as her guiding principles. But all of that is put into question when Carlos gives her a special assignment investigating a mysterious rumbling in the desert wasteland outside of town. This investigation leads her to the Joyous Congregation of the Smiling God, and to Darryl, one of its most committed members. Caught between her beliefs in the ultimate power of science and her growing attraction to Darryl, she begins to suspect the Congregation is planning a ritual that could threaten the lives of everyone in town. Nilanjana and Darryl must search for common ground between their very different world views as they are faced with the Congregation's darkest and most terrible secret.
Publisher: New York : HarperPerennial, [2017]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780062476050
006247605X
Characteristics: 347 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Cranor, Jeffrey 1975-- Author

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vanilluscript
Mar 20, 2018

This novel, although positively abstract and existential, takes a wonderful and extremely realistic viewpoint on how the character's express their emotions, and how they navigate relationships. This book may be about an ominous interdimensional being, but it says a lot about love and fluidity of life. An amazing read, and would highly recommend to anyone looking for something fresh, or an extension of WTNV content!

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ryleigh92
Jan 17, 2018

This book was very good! I really enjoyed the contrasting viewpoints and the characters I relate the character a lot more in this book than in the first book!

forbesrachel Dec 18, 2017

It's time to return to Night Vale. The mysterious town where menacing glow clouds run the school board, where mountains don't exist, and where all conspiracies are, in truth, true. This is where the outsider, and scientist Nilanjana has come to reside. However, even though she has lived there for quite some time, and she feels "satisfied" with her life, she herself doesn't quite feel like she belongs. The second novel side story of the hilarious Welcome to Night Vale podcast follows this young woman as she discovers that there is more to life than doing science. While trying to uncover the cause of a series of mysterious pits that are devouring chunks of the town, and its people, Nilanjana gets involved with a wide-grinning cult devoted to an all-smiling god, and in particular, one young man whose faith is about to be tested. It is all around a smart and funny read, and is better written than the first. It also pulls in more of the regular podcast characters than the other. In either case, the writers do an excellent job of appeasing old fans, and explaining enough to draw in new ones who have no prior knowledge. Praise be to the new Night Vale novel! It devours!

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xiaojunbpl12
Oct 31, 2017

At the 1st time of Carlos fondling his scientific device while complaining City Council, I acquired prescience. But I made myself distracted by Smiling God with pleasure and savor the identity of Darryl, Pamela, etc.
My fascination of this genderless robotic inorganic town didn’t last long, quite a journey of imagination, juvenile horror, and full of contemporary pulp, but never abstract nor boring. A central theme is also a long-debated subject, elevated this light read higher, a great accomplishment though, only a bonus for me.

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