Monday, July 22nd 2019

The Wicker King

The Wicker KingThe Wicker King by K. Ancrum
Published by Imprint on October 31st 2017
Pages: 305

When August learns that his best friend, Jack, shows signs of degenerative hallucinatory disorder, he is determined to help Jack cope. Jack’s vivid and long-term visions take the form of an elaborate fantasy world layered over our own—a world ruled by the Wicker King. As Jack leads them on a quest to fulfill a dark prophecy in this alternate world, even August begins to question what is real or not.

August and Jack struggle to keep afloat as they teeter between fantasy and their own emotions. In the end, each must choose his own truth.

This book was not what I was expecting. I understood the basic premise but I was surprised by the friendship in this book. This book not only delves into the power of friendship but also the effects of neglect, abandonment, and dependency.

I felt that the themes in the book were very powerful. And even though at first I was a little disappointed in the ending, the more I sit with it, the more I understand why it ended the way it did. I also really appreciated the authors note in the back which gave a little more insight into the themes.

One thing I will say that I do not agree with reading reviews and seeing reviews on BookTube is the idea that the author was queerbaiting with these characters. Not every relationship is cut and dry and not every relationship starts as a meet-cute. Relationships evolve and they can be messy.