Fifteen year old Charlie is coping with the suicide of his friend, Michael. To lessen the fear and aRead Review
The Shiny Guys
'Wouldn't it be funny if they were real?'
'Shiny red men?'
'What if I were the sane one and everyone else was mad?'
One night, the shiny guys visit fifteen-year-old Colin Lapsley. They don't speak, but Colin can read their thoughts. They want him to pay for the terrible thing that he has done. When the shiny guys won't go away, Colin is admitted to ward 44. There he discovers an alien world, a powerful weapon, a gentle giant, and a girl who may be able to see what he can see.
The Shiny Guys is a dark, sometimes funny novel about how fantasy and reality can merge, especially when electricity is involved.
It's not Mr MacLeod's usual awesomeness.... but it has a certain charm, I suppose. I enjoyed the story, the characters were somewhat quirky and engaging, and the whole disappearance of Briony was particularly chilling too. But I felt like that ending just wasn't... enough. It didn't feel complete. I felt like there could have been more to it. But scary and sometimes funny - indeed, it's still worth a read.