Title: Welcome to Night Vale: A Novel
Author: Joseph Fink, Jeffery Cranor
Series/Number: Welcome to Night Vale #1
Genre: Fantasy, LGBTQ+, Mystery
Page Count: 401
Publication Date: October 20, 2015
Themes: Magic, Friendship, Mystery
“Located in a nameless desert somewhere in the great American Southwest, Night Vale is a small town where ghosts, angels, aliens, and government conspiracies are all commonplace parts of everyday life. It is here that the lives of two women, with two mysteries, will converge.
Nineteen-year-old Night Vale pawn shop owner Jackie Fierro is given a paper marked “King City” by a mysterious man in a tan jacket holding a deer skin suitcase. Night Vale PTA treasurer Diane Crayton’s son, Josh, is moody and also a shape shifter. And lately Diane’s started to see her son’s father everywhere she goes, looking the same as the day he left years earlier, when they were both teenagers.
Diane’s search to reconnect with her son and Jackie’s search for her former routine life collide as they find themselves coming back to two words: “King City”. It is King City that holds the key to both of their mysteries, and their futures…if they can ever find it.”
Here is what I will say about this book. If you haven’t listened to the podcast, Welcome to Night Vale, or you have listened to it and don’t like it, this book is not for you. This book is a spin-off from the podcast of the same name.
It is absolutely weird and nonsensical, just like the podcast. I will say that I really liked this book. I enjoyed how weird and wild it was. It really gave me the podcast vibes that I loved so much. I love how wild the book is. It follows Jackie and Diane and how their two stories cross paths.
I can totally understand why a number of people don’t like this book. It’s definitely a specific taste and not everyone will enjoy how absolutely nonsensical and crazy it is. If you like the podcast I recommend the book for you.
Goodreads Rating: 4/5