Tuesday, November 17, 2015

The Nest by Kenneth Oppel

Steve has a new baby brother who has a number of health issues so his parents are usually at the hospital or talking about the baby.  One day, a strange looking wasp stings Steve and he begins having dreams where the wasp queen is speaking to him.  She tells Steve that they are growing a new baby that will be perfect.  At first the wasp is comforting and kind but as the dreams go on Steve becomes more worried about the wasp's plan, especially when the queen makes it clear that Steve will have to help the wasps get rid of his current flawed baby.  Are his dreams real or part of his previous troubles that caused him to see a counselor? 

I'm not sure what I think of this book.  Literally.  When I wasn't reading it, I was thinking about it so that's a good thing.  I assumed throughout that the wasps weren't real and that somewhere I would find out more about Steve's earlier issues which would explain what was happening with the wasps and the baby.  But when I finished the book I came to believe that maybe the wasps were real and that this is a horror/monster story which means I have to rethink everything.  Definitely worth reading, I'm just not sure what happened.