SPOILER ALERT: In this installment, we’ll be discussing Part 3 of Room, and all aspects of the plot through page 155 of the novel.
Part 3 of Room. “Dying.” Easily the most dramatic, pulse-quickening section of the book so far — and one that delivers a considerable twist.
Little Jack makes his escape. Ma reaches her breaking point and hatches a plan. First: fake an illness. Second: fake a death. Some terrific, stomach-turning action in this chunk of the book. And a real cinematic quality to the writing.
These rapid developments certainly make for great drama. The pages turn themselves. But as you get to the end of the section, and you see that JackerJack has made his escape — and what’s more, they’ve found and freed his Ma! — you find yourself thinking: What next? Isn’t this where the book is supposed to end?
Apparently not. At page 155, you’re only halfway through. And already our heroes have found their way out of captivity.
So Donoghue has done a deft job of playing with the reader’s expectations…and Old Nick is still on the loose….and one can’t help but want to keep reading to the end….
Some fodder for discussion:
How else might Ma and Jack have made their escape? Is there a plan of action that they might have overlooked? Room seems to beg readers to hatch their own plans. You’re rooting for these characters to be free….you want to help them….but how?
And: What next?