Room follows Jack and his Ma through their daily lives in Room. Room is all five-year-old Jack has ever known. Ma is the only person with whom Jack has ever interacted. To Jack, Room and Ma are the whole world. To us, the readers, we know that Ma is a victim of kidnapping and rape, and Room is her prison. This story is unique in so many ways; the main example is that the world is seen through Jack's eyes. As Jack has never experienced the outside world, it can take some detective work to figure out what he means when he speaks. As an outsider, the reader understands that the "game" Jack and Ma play of screaming out their skylight is Ma's desperate attempt to attract attention and be set free. To Jack, it is simply a game. Having Jack as a narrator is, at times, wonderful. This child-like wonderment can make you feel that maybe Room isn't so bad. Then, one is abruptly transported back to the reality of their situation and can leave you breathless. At the end of this book, each reader will likely react differently. Personally, I closed the book, hugged my mother, and cried.
A 5-year-old narrates a riveting story about his life growing up in a single room where his mother aims to protect him from the man who has held her prisoner for seven years since she was a teenager. Includes reading-group guide. Reprint.