‘The Sacrifice Box’ novel provides intriguing premise but lacks fast action

by Kaitlyn Koehler/Staff Writer

What would you do if you found a magic box in the woods that was capable of death? In The Sacrifice Box by Martin Stewart, Arkle, Sep, Mack, Lamb, and Hadley all find themselves in this eerie situation.

The setting is 1982 Scotland. Five friends find themselves surrounded by icy wind and an ancient box hidden in the woods. The rules were simple: never come to the box alone, never open it after dark, and never take back your sacrifice. After the five friends offered up their sacrifice, an object they care about deeply, they depart and make their way back to their chilly homes.

Flash forward to four years later. Sep, otherwise known as September Hope, and the outcast in this story, makes his way towards his school. He is stuck between choosing to go to the mainland for college, or to stay in his cramped town, which he hated. Headmaster Tench who was obsessed with fishing and Sep’s mother, Daniels, the bully, and mean old Mrs. Siddiqui were the only things that pushed Sep to fill out his mainland college application. What Sep doesn’t know is that something truly awful has happened: the box had been opened.

After learning of the constant deaths of people acquainted with the teens, the five friends reunite in order to find out who has broken the rule. They each go back to the woods to discover something they will never forget.

The Sacrifice Box was a truly boring, slow-paced book. It got interesting towards the 100th page. That is when the action really came in. I would give this book two stars out of five. I had really high expectations, as the cover looked good and the summary seemed spookily interesting. Reading this book was like watching a movie that was boring for the first hour, and decently interesting for the last thirty minutes. I would recommend this book to someone who likes to really build up to a good ending, because, the ending was pretty good. It was the other 100 pages that were disappointing.

I can say I will try to read this book again someday. Maybe there will be something that I missed, and will find interesting. I encourage everyone to pick up a book and read it. Do it for the fun of it. Sometimes you can be surprised by how mystical a book can be.

 

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