The so-bad-it’s-good continues! Five Nights at Freddy’s: The Twisted Ones Review

Here we go again! The second book in the Five Nights at Freddy’s book series! It’s almost everything you want in a sequel: a changed but familiar protagonist, familiar enemies and a good supporting cast.

It’s still cheesy, it’s still as poorly written as an extremely low budget horror movie and I still enjoyed it! Butnot as much as its predecessor.

I’m going to try and ignore the fact that I love exploring the lore of Five Nights at Freddy’s, that I play the games and I have merchandise from the franchise when I go into this review, to try and give a fair and accurate review of the book itself, without tainting the review with my trashy bias!

Five Nights at Freddy's twisted coverThe first obvious difference between The Silver Eyes and The Twisted Ones is that the second book is much shorter than the first, 94 pages to be exact, and this is both a good and a bad thing.

It’s a good thing because the first book almost outstayed its welcome with its length, but in The Twisted Ones the luxury of a higher page count is not there, so the pace has to be picked up. The way this has been done is by having significantly fewer ‘main’ characters to clutter the plotline, which has dramatically helped tidy up the story and pacing.

“Sign you up for this? You had one foot in the car at the first mention of murder! You practically invited yourself.”  

The lower page count is a bad thing because it feels sort of rushed. I say sort of because I can’t figure out if it feels rushed because of the pace being picked up a little too much, or if it’s a prose issue. Don’t get me wrong, neither of the FNAF books are shining beacons of literature, but the writing in this one seems a little off. There are absurd similes and descriptions and there are times when pointless details are brought to your attention and situations and settings suffer by not having much of a description at all. There were also a few spelling and grammatical errors which were irritating.

As for the plot and story, personally I think that the story was better in The Silver Eyes but the writing was (marginally) better in The Twisted Ones.

Five Nights at Freddy's twisted heldNow it has been said by Scott Cawthon (creator of FNAF) that the books and games have different lore, so If you’re looking for answers brought up in the games in the books you’re unlikely to find them. But with that being said, the sequel will leave you with more questions than answers for the book lore. Now this could be really clever and tie a trilogy together, but honestly it’s a little irksome and feels cheap. Now that’s not to say that this book won’t have you questioning things and trying to draw lines to the plot points – it will, but just don’t expect answers to most of them!

Charlie, our protagonist, is still the most exasperating main character to ever main character! She’s supposed to be 19, and whilst most 19 year olds aren’t exactly fountains of wisdom, most have more common sense than the average 11 year old. Not our Charlie though, bless her!

She honestly had me fighting the urge to launch the book across the room in frustration at times. How can a single character be that stupid and lacking in basic survival instincts? She’s also so blasé now!  Oh, a dead body? It must be Tuesday. *eye roll*

“Another girl?” Charlie drew closer. “Yes, as a matter of fact. Been dead for a couple of days, probably killed two nights ago.” 

But despite Charlie, most of the other characters were actually pretty good, especially John, who was the only non-moron in the book at times.

Five Nights at Freddy's twisted mangleNow I must address the animatronic elephant in the room: it appears that the writers attended the M. Night Shyamalan School of the Cliff Hanger Ending. Yes, unfortunately this was almost the second time the book got launched across the room. The cliff hanger ending absolutely cheapens the book – and it’s because of the way they did it. If this was a TV episode I wouldn’t be so pissed because I’d only have a week (less if it’s Netflix) to wait, but waiting for a book to come out is a completely different time scale.

The style of the cliff hanger doesn’t suit the medium – it’s better suited to a TV show than a book. I’m not saying that they couldn’t have had this ending; I just think they needed to re-look at how they delivered it. If you have a patience problem, wait for book 3 to come out before starting this! Needless to say, this book has a much better beginning and middle than an end.

Ultimately, this book isn’t going to win any literary awards, but if it helps get kids into reading and encourages more FNAF theories and lore discussion, I’m all for it.

It’s utterly ridiculous and trash and I loved it. Damnit.

“Charlie was long accustomed to nightmares, the worst moments of her past forced up like bile, into twisted versions of memories already too terrible to recall.”  

Jump on board the cheese-fest! You can get The Twisted Ones here!

[PLEASE NOTE]: I was not paid or sponsored to write this review – all the opinions are honest and my own.

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