ROOM: A Sheltered World
The concept of Room kept me going for a while. The idea that a mother and child could sustain the confines of such a limited space sent a strong message of resilience and the bonds of love. The narrator, a 5-year old boy named Jack, gives an effective view of the world from what he learns through Ma’s guidance and his own will to survive. Equal parts terrifying and inspiring — I found this novel to be one which made me appreciate my own view of the world and everything I possess within its constantly shifting realities.

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In many ways, Jack is a typical 5-year-old. He likes to read books, watch TV, and play games with his Ma. But Jack is different in a big way–he has lived his entire life in a single room, sharing the tiny space with only his mother and an unnerving nighttime visitor known as Old Nick. For Jack, Room is the only world he knows, but for Ma, it is a prison in which she has tried to craft a normal life for her son. When their insular world suddenly expands beyond the confines of their four walls, the consequences are piercing and extraordinary. Despite its profoundly disturbing premise, Emma Donoghue’s Room is rife with moments of hope and beauty, and the dogged determination to live, even in the most desolate circumstances. A stunning and original novel of survival in captivity, readers who enter Room will leave staggered, as though, like Jack, they are seeing the world for the very first time. –Lynette Mong

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ROOM: A Sheltered World

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