Extremities: Stories of Death, Murder, and Revenge Author: David Lubar Publisher: Tor Teen, July 22, 2014 Format: Trade Paperback and eBook, 208 pages List Price: $9.99 (print) ISBN: 9780765334619 (print) Review Copy: Provided by the Publisher Previous Print Editions: Hardcover, July 23, 2014
Master of the macabre David Lubar turns his attention to dark and twisted tales for teens with Extremities: Stories of Death, Murder, and Revenge.
A group of high school girls takes revenge on their sadistic gym teacher in the most fitting way possible. Two stowaways find themselves on a ship for the dead. An ancient predator stalks the wrong victim. Here are thirteen tales of death, murder, and revenge from the fertile and febrile imagination of master storyteller David Lubar—his first story collection for the teen audience.
I thought it might be fun to read a few horror books to get me in the mood for Halloween. David Lubar's Extremities: Stories of Death, Murder, and Revenge was a perfectly macabre collection of short stories. It is a collection of thirteen short stories that would be a lot of fun to read to your teens around a campfire or, better yet, in a cemetery. I say that because the parents will enjoy some of his references to long-lost technology and forgotten ideas such as cassettes and video stores.
Lubar does the short story collection right by having a wide assortment of story lengths. He gives you a couple quick fun reads and then a longer story, helping to break up the pace and give you the perfect places to stop. All of the stories are centered around teenagers and their daily struggles that take dark turns for the worst in most cases. Lubar's characters are quickly developed for both sexes and it is easy for the reader to get into their heads.
The book is definitely a horror book that doesn't shy away from being descriptive, but in most cases turns away from the most graphic scenes. Lubar allows the reader's imagination to take care of the most horrific parts for itself. I would also like to mention Jim Kay does an outstanding job of illustrating the inside of the book.
Extremities is a fun quick read to get teens in the mood for Halloween. There is plenty of violence and terror so I would recommend the book to teens that aren't squeamish. There are no issues with language or sexuality that need mentioning. I would also recommend the collection for adults who want to walk down a scarier memory lane.