Saturday, March 28, 2009
Cirque du Freak: A Living Nightmare by Darren Shan
Darren loves spiders and feels that he has a special relationship with them. When he and his friend Steve attend a secret freak show late one night Darren is especially fascinated with Madame Octa, a spider who kills a goat with one bite. Madame Octa is controlled by her trainer Mr. Crepsley with a small flute. Darren knows he must have Madame Octa so he steals her from the Cirque du Freak one night. At home he has no trouble controlling her and is showing Steve how he does so when his sister busts into his room breaking his concentration. The spider bites Steve before Darren gets her back under control. Steve doesn't die but is so injured that he falls into a coma which baffles the doctors. Mr. Crepsley comes to Darren and reveals that he is a vampire. In exchange for saving Steve he asks for Darren to become his assistant, an act that will require Darren to fake his own death and leave his family forever.