22 March 2016

The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks

Title: The Wasp Factory
Author: Iain Banks
Pages: 192
Genre: Gothic/Horror, Thriller, Mystery
Book Description:
Meet Frank Cauldhame. Just sixteen, and unconventional to say the least:

Two years after I killed Blyth I murdered my young brother Paul, for quite different and more fundamental reasons than I'd disposed of Blyth, and then a year after that I did for my young cousin Esmerelda, more or less on a whim.

That's my score to date. Three. I haven't killed anybody for years, and don't intend to ever again.

It was just a stage I was going through.

My Opinion:
Following the narrative of a 16 year old boy who lives on a remote island with his father, we discover the tragedies that occur and how the characters deal with these in their own separate ways. I had heard lots of good things about this novel so I decided to pick it up and, boy, am I glad I did!

The characters in this novel were so unique. I loved seeing how the protagonist changed from who he was at the beginning and who he was at the end, and uncovering the mystery about his older brother was something I thoroughly enjoyed. I also found Frank's father to be quite intriguing however my opinion of him did change as I reached the ending.

The plot line was amazingly written and full of constant intrigue. It's very twisted right from the first chapter all the way to the last paragraph and this is something not many authors succeed at, but Banks has done a phenomenal job and kept me hooked the entire way through.
There is a fantastic twist at the end. As I was reading it, (the last sentence in particular) my jaw literally fell open because it was so unexpected; you wouldn't even be able to guess it!

I'm not going to deny that this book is very messed up and could be quite disturbing for some readers. Sometimes I question how the author came up with something like this but I wouldn't change anything because it's one of the best novels I've read in a while! I'll definitely be checking out some of his other books!

This is such an awesome read that I recommend to everyone, especially those horror lovers who find twisted and gothic novels interesting. I've read many in the past and I have to admit, this is one of the best I've come across! Just some advice, don't be put off by how disturbing it can be and read to the end because I guarantee you will be shocked (in a good way!)

Favourite Quotes:

Maybe he's up to something, maybe he's not really crazy after all. Perhaps he just got fed up acting normal and decided to act crazy instead, and they locked him up because he went too far


I killed little Esmerelda because I felt I owed it to myself and to the world in general. I had, after all, accounted for two male children and thus done womankind something of a statistical favour


It made me feel good to know that I could see him and he couldn't see me, and that I was aware and fully conscious and he wasn't

5 out of 5 stars 

 Next book I'm going to review:
Divergent by Veronica Roth


  1. I love it when dogs play a big part

    Buy Amazon Book Review in a story, so I was sure to enjoy Trained to Defend. Buzz was an awesome dog.

    Buy Amazon Book Review He was smart, brave, and such a wonderful protector. His personality reminded me of a

    Buy Amazon Book Reviewcouple of my dogs. They're different breeds, but they shared that same loyalty and heart.

  2. I cheered and cried for Alexis and TristanBuy Amazon Book Review, as both individuals going through a lot of heavy things and as a couple. They both faced really hard obstacles, but nothing good comes easy.Buy Amazon Book Review I couldn't wait one day to read the next book in the series...so I did, the next day, and paid for it!

    Lastly, I thought the book was deemed a YA book,Buy Amazon Book Reviewbut honestly, it is not. This is an adult book with adult situations, adult sex scenes...no kid stuff here.


Hello and thank you for commenting! I advise you to tick the box that says 'Notify me' so you will be sent an email when I reply to you! I will do this asap.
If you have any further questions don't hesitate to send me an email!