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He's gotten used to the routine, and he thinks he has it all figured out. Everyone around him is the same, and they'll leave him alone as long as he keeps dealing them candy. Yes, candy. But everything changes when Shreve gets a new cellmate——quiet and mysterious Jack. And Shreve soon discovers a few unusual things about Jack: First of all, he has six fingers on each hand.

Secondly, he seems to have superpower Actual rating: 3. Secondly, he seems to have superpowers. Jack has attracted the attention of his fellow prisoners, and also the attention of a man named Mr. Quincrux——who says he's from the Department of Health and Human Services. But Shreve soon discovers that Mr. Quincrux has a superpower of his own, and that he has plans to harm Jack. And to Shreve, this means one thing——that he and Jack have to escape. The Twelve-Fingered Boy was quite an addicting read. I started it one morning and couldn't put it down until I'd reached the end.

The plot never stops moving and quickly shifts from one thing to the next. It's a story full of action and mystery, and it also has a sense of gritty realism that sets it apart from most "superpower" stories. It reminded me a lot of The Marbury Lens by Andrew Smith, so it didn't surprise me when I got to the end and saw that Smith had done a blurb for it. Shreve's narration is one of the best parts of the book, and he's an easy character to like.

He seems hardened on the surface, but throughout the story it's clear that he also has a caring side. And yet, his voice remains consistent and true to his personality. It's a damned hard lesson. I wanted to know more about Jack, but he was still a likable character, and I thought his friendship with Shreve was developed very nicely. I think there were just two major things that I thought could have used work: - The pacing. I felt that the part that took place in juvie went on for a little too long, and that Shreve and Jack's adventures once they escaped felt a little crammed together.

Towards the end especially, there was a lot going on and I sometimes got a little confused. I had trouble taking him seriously. Sure, he was creepy, but he just wasn't a very fleshed-out or developed villain. It seemed like he was evil "just because" and he didn't really need another reason. He was scary, but he was two-dimensional in my opinion. I would have liked to know more about who he was and what his motives were.

Over all, though, I thought this book was enjoyable. It wasn't amazing, but it was at least exciting and was well-written. I'd gladly read more work from John Hornor Jacobs in the future. Apr 27, Molly rated it really liked it. Rating 4. To tell the truth I was more than a little concerned with the label YA attached to this trilogy there is YA and YA, you never know what are you waddling into but my worries were put to rest after the first paragraph. Shreveport Justice Cannon is serving his time in Casimir Pulaski the juvenile detention center for boys, taking it ea Rating 4.

Shreveport Justice Cannon is serving his time in Casimir Pulaski the juvenile detention center for boys, taking it easy, dealing contraband sweets everybody has a sweet tooth and staying out of trouble. The peace doesn't last for long when he is assigned a new cell-mate. Very soon Shreve discovers how much different Jack Graves is If you like something different give it a try.

Shelves: absolutely-loved , really-wanna-read , library-books. And even Booth, the big lug! Jacobs made me feel son intensely for these boys and I loved every minute of it. The nasties are so freaking creepy I shuddered and winced more than a few times not to fearr, though, it's not like there's a lot of gore here - it's a different kind of horror. I think being the mother of a 5-year-old little boy added another level to the story for me!

I thought the writing was tight, detailed without being too much, and fast-paced without the frantic feeling you get sometimes where you can't turn the pages fast enough. One final thing I'll say is that Jacobs did a great job, in my opinion, describing the, shall we say, "talents" of certain characters in the book.

I think it must be so much harder to write about superheroes though that's not quite what we're dealing with, not exactly With prose, though, you must use words to describe superpowers that can be really difficult for the reader to imagine without pictures! So I was thrilled to find that I had no trouble understanding what Jacobs was telling us about these characters; it was truly like his words created the picture in my head. That's no easy feat when you have a reader like myself who tends to have an analytical mind and not really an imaginative, creative one!!

Well done, Mr. OH, and lest I forget, props for having the denouement occur in my home state, one city over -- even if we did have some of the worst evildoers in the book and the easiest "vessels" Oh, glorious day! I am thrilled to know there is a book 2! Although the story of Shreve, Jack, and the rest could have ended there and I would have been satisfied, I absolutely want to spend more time with all of them! So it made me a happy girl indeed to find out I will be seeing them again. Jan 01, Readeralex rated it it was amazing.

He has got a pretty good position in juvie because of his good running business as a candy dealer. The only thing he is desperately missing is his little brother, because he fears that their alcohol addicted mother might not treat him well. Jack is very shy and scared and reminds Shreve in some ways of his little brother. This of course makes Jack the center of attention in juvie, one thing he wanted to avoid at all costs because now he cannot hide anymore that he has even a way bigger secret.

With this superpower he piques the interest of the super-villain Quincrux who wants to lay his hands on Jack and his extraordinary skills. Jack and Shreve are afraid of Quincrux and bust out of juvie. Once they are outside, they have to lear that breaking free is much easier that defending their freedom.

No matter what — I really liked this fast-paced, suspense-packed, creepy, dark and funny novel with those not so heroic superheroes. The characters are fascinating and pretty rough around the edges. The author John Hornor Jacobs tells the story with the voice of Shreve that is sarcastic, rich with slang and easy to follow. Five out of five stars. View 1 comment. Jun 01, Adam Rowe rated it it was amazing.

Writing a book that fully connects with a teenage audience can be tough when one is no longer a teenager. Those guys don't accept any pandering. He constantly references TV and film in order to describe a scene or give dialogue to the teenage boys that occupy the plot. Shrive, the main character, compares every part of his journey to how life works in a TV show, and when he's hospitalized at one point, ev Writing a book that fully connects with a teenage audience can be tough when one is no longer a teenager.

Shrive, the main character, compares every part of his journey to how life works in a TV show, and when he's hospitalized at one point, even hallucinates that he's in a medical show. It's all cleverly done, engaging, and speaks to a young, media-saturated generation. Wish I'd thought of that first. The Twelve-Fingered Boy follows Shrive as he gets a new roommate at juvenile detention, Jack, who turns out to have a dozen fingers and a superpower. Shrive ends up throwing himself between Jack and the mysterious man who's after him, only to find a hidden world of power and danger.

Jacobs' writing has clear strengths and just one weakness. He's great at characterization, with flair for dramatic description and entertaining lingo that he pumps out at the pace I like: fast. There's a particularly literary style to the prose of good genre fiction, and Jacobs understands this.

The book's gritty, hard-hitting content is also a boon. The topics covered include alcoholic moms, disturbed kids, and serial-killer pedophiles.

John Hornor Jacobs

This focus keeps the story engaging despite the author's one flaw: the individual plot points are run-of-the-mill, predictable stuff. The powers, telekinesis and mind reading, are so over-used by now that Stephen King just throws them into his novels randomly, and the cat-and-mouse chasing continues for the entire book. That said, the mysteries that the book sets up in the future are intriguing, particularly the shadowy evil lurking in Manhattan, and combined with the excellent characterization, this book is a strongly worthwhile read.

Mar 25, Lectus rated it it was amazing Shelves: summa-cum-laude. OMG, this is a series! I need to process this. Okay, processed. I totally loved the story. Think if X-men in a very subtle way. Shrev is in juvie and gets a new roommate, Jack. But Jack is not ordinary kid, he has a very unusual talent.

Circumstances lead Shrev to develop or discover a special talent of his own. Because some people are after Jack, they break out of juvie and are on the run. I loved how Shrev abilities developed. It wasn't something taken for granted, like he had it from the beginning. No, it came to him and sometimes it worked and sometimes it didn't.

Jack and Shrev escaped juvie and are on the run from Quincrox, a man with a power of his own who wants Jack who knows why. Shrev's character is very realistic.


He is not a saint kid but he is not evil either. There is a nice balance there. I totally loved the writing style, the setting I don't know what else to say about this book without giving it away. It totally blew me away and it will be one of my favorites forever! Jan 21, Will rated it it was amazing.

After seeing praise heaped on Mr. Jacobs by the likes of Pat Rothfuss and Mark Lawrence, two of the greatest wordsmiths in fantasy today, I knew I had to check out some of his work myself. Well, I can verify what everyone is already saying: this book is beautifully written. The prose is clear and flowing, and the first person perspective puts us squarely inside Shreve's head.

Jacobs did an admirable job writing a believable teenage character without the voice being stilted or obnoxious. The relat After seeing praise heaped on Mr. The relationship between Shreve and Jack is genuinely heart-warming, and I appreciated the dark elements of the setting, especially the violent and bloody super-powered battles. The story does end on a bit of an unresolved note, but I expect the already-released sequel to pick up where this one left off, and I'm excited to find out what's going on in Maryland and how Jack and Shreve develop from here.

Feb 01, Noigeloverlord rated it it was amazing. Supernatural Killers,Zombies and now a dark twisted YA novel. John Hornor Jacobs could write a shopping list and it would get 5 stars! Two boys on the run has been done over and over John takes the idea and turns it into a thrilling fast paced heart wrenching tale. Oct 30, Oliver Eastwood rated it did not like it. This was one of those "Well that's a shame" books, because it started out really good but then went downhill from there.

I just thought that the plot was all wrong, and that maybe it wasn't a good idea for a novel.

Mar 17, John rated it it was amazing. Very good read. I enjoyed the heck out of this little book. Well-written and fast-paced. I'm already looking forward to book two. Sep 17, Dbaca rated it really liked it. A boy with twelve fingers, able to create explosions. A cunning juvie run-away. What could make better run-away duo? He learns about jacks ability to create explosions from his hands and learns of the strange man Quincrux who wants to take jack from the prison to take his power.

Jack and Shreve need to escape from the grasp of QuinCrux finding somewhere safe. One of the main points of the authors writing style is the dialog. The author adapts the dialogue to fit the personality of the character. We also spend a lot of time inside the minds of characters getting most information from their heads. I believe that people who like a cross of fantasy and realistic fiction would enjoy this book.

I believe so because of how down to earth and also wild this book is. Jul 20, Bob S. Twelve fingered boy Great title. Nice concept. But the story is a letdown. It could have been so much more. Shreve and Jack escape and are constantly on the run from the authorities and the mysterious Mr. Shr Twelve fingered boy Great title. Shreve, who somehow develops some supernatural abilities of his own, is recaptured and returned to juvie. Jack is captured by Mr. Quincrux to use for some unknown purpose. The end. My brain was screaming for something, anything to connect me to this story and its characters.

Point off for a less than exciting story. Point off for an awkward writing style. Points off for being overpriced. Point off for poor research.

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When Shreve is in the hospital, he says his roommate is peeing rocks because has gall stones. Um, that would be kidney stones, not gall stones. Sep 22, Charles rated it it was amazing. This book the twelve finger boy the book tells about how a fifteen year old boy in a juvenile detention center gets a new cellmate with twelve fingers. The main character is shreve and the plot took me throw his life even though he comes from a abusive home were he's taking care of his brother but shreve does not give up he try's to help his brother for them to have a better life.

One thing I like about this book is how This book the twelve finger boy the book tells about how a fifteen year old boy in a juvenile detention center gets a new cellmate with twelve fingers. One thing I like about this book is how shreve and jack don't trust one another but after shreve saves and helps jack but i dislike that the warden is constantly harassing shreve throw the first part.

The conflict is that these to people are after jack and they what to study jacks and see if he has any more extra body parts and how they did get to study jacks body. Jul 07, Mary Kemp rated it it was ok. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.


When I first started this book, I was hooked. The writing style was engaging and different and witty. Very well-written. I also really enjoyed the characters because they were so realistic- flawed, but still likeable and relatable. The relationships between the characters particularly Shreve and Jack were also very believable and fun to read about.

However, after a few chapters, I sort of got lost. And not in a good way. Fair warning- the majority of the book was just Shreve and Jack running around the South staying in motels. Ugh, I had so much hope for this book, and I just ended up disappointed.

I still think the main themes throughout the novel the telekinesis and mind-possession had so much potential, and could have made such a fun read. The poorly executed plot just killed it for me. Oct 17, John-Paul rated it really liked it. Not far into the story he meets Jack, a kid with Twelve fingers and toes with some unusual talents.

When Quincrux said that he was coming back with Isla again, Jack and Shreve decide to break out of the detention center.

The Twelve-Fingered Boy Trilogy

In a journey that will take them all around the country. Throughout the journey Jack and Will grow in trust and understanding for one another. Until that day, when they meet Quincrux again. Aug 25, Leila rated it liked it. Horrifically wonderful and exasperatingly frustrating, I wanted to love this book but it became so very dark, so I couldn't. It starts out fairly X-men like which was intriguing and I really love Jack who doesn't understand his great powers but ultimately is just a great kid.

However, once they discover the evil of the Twin Killers and the fact that Quincrux is a diabolical madman chasing after two children, I do not love this book at all. I am still intrigued enough to read book two, so hopeful Horrifically wonderful and exasperatingly frustrating, I wanted to love this book but it became so very dark, so I couldn't. I am still intrigued enough to read book two, so hopefully it gets better. Mar 06, Cyd rated it it was amazing. I stayed up all night reading this book.

I was hooked. Jacobs characters are so well drawn. The theme of incarceration is reflected in Shreves choices esp. I don't want to use spoilers. If you read the book, you will see what I am referring. I rarely read YA because the books lack quality in characters and world building. This one had it all, plus I like the authors writing style, neither florid or dry. Nov 27, Kashmir rated it it was amazing. I read the reviews before I decided to read the book because I absolutely hated books where people had super powers but I feel so bad for judging these types of books without reading them because this book was so good!

Jacobs, I love your work. I really like the story. Good backgrounds on the characters, likable characters. But I Already have the next addition to the series so I suppose I'll keep going and see what happens. It's a good book for what it is, a quick easy read with a sci-fi twist. A kid with extra digits also has extra powers, which he's used to protect to the detriment of others. Apr 16, Maybaby rated it liked it. Pretty good read.

This one - though a young adult - kept me engrossed from start to finish. Dec 09, Kate Crowe rated it really liked it. Great voice, interesting situations and a compelling plot. Really enjoyed this more than I thought I would. It will confront Shreve. But it will have to find him first. Under the protection of Mr. Negata, Jack, a Mr. Negata, Jack, and the rest of the Irregulars, Shreve retreats to the wild to face his demons and prepare his mind for one more battle.

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Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. In the previous two books in Jacobs' trilogy, he borrowed heavily from existing horror stories, but made his stories unique partly through Shreve's voice. For one thing, what he borrows from horror is a little too distinctive to borrow: He adopts the giant-person-made-up-of-regular-people idea that Clive Barker used in "In the Hills, the Cities".

I've never seen that trope used in any other horror In the previous two books in Jacobs' trilogy, he borrowed heavily from existing horror stories, but made his stories unique partly through Shreve's voice. I've never seen that trope used in any other horror story, namely because it's so distinctive, an author wouldn't be able to get away with it without looking like a copycat.

The Conformity (Incarcerado, #3) by John Hornor Jacobs

It's not the point of Jacobs' story like it was in Barker's, but still, it was impossible to read this book and not think of Barker's story. For another, Jacobs goes outside of Shreve to narrate parts of the story, and I don't understand why he broke that formula. In regards to the story, it makes sense -- Shreve is knocked unconscious for several days, and it's up to others in the Society of Extranaturals to continue the story -- but since Shreve can now jump into anyone's head and experience their lives directly, I question why Jacobs didn't use this as a way to show what the other characters are doing.

The pacing of the novel feels off, too. The ending comes rather suddenly, when Jacobs spends pages and chapters showing us a side-quest that never serves a purpose to the overall story. It feels like Jacobs was padding the story to get to a certain page-count, which is still odd, when he could have spent more time drawing out the ending of the book instead.

Jacobs started out telling a unique, if familiar, story, and then ended it in a way that was weaker than the first two books. I still liked the trilogy enough to want to read more of his fiction, and I would still recommend the series to readers looking for a unique take on a coming-of-age story, but I feel like the author didn't quite stick the landing here.

Consider this book a 7. Apr 01, Liviania rated it really liked it. This is one where it is best to read all of the books in order, so it might be best to stop reading now if you haven't read the first two books. Shreve has survived Mr. But as terrible as Quincrux was, he had a point. The Conformity is coming, and Shreve and the other extranatural teens must be prepared to fight it. It particularly wants Shreve, for his powerful telepathy and mind control.

Shreve is mostly over his stealing-other-people's-memories-to-feel-good thing, but people still don't rest easy around him. Which is, admittedly, a smart move. It takes the physical form of people bonded together into a giant, something impossible to fight without harming the innocents that are being sucked into its being. The stakes are also very high. For the first time, Shreve shares narrating duties, both because the characters have to split up and Shreve isn't always in state to observe and report what's happening. In the end, I think the Twelve-Fingered Boy trilogy is a little shaggy, yet a lot of fun.

The plot takes a lot of detours, many of them unnecessary rather than helping to build the story up. In this book, several chapters are devoted to one group of characters finding help that gets casually rendered useless shortly after it is acquired. It's more like reading about the characters doing busy work than actually getting things done. Shreve's voice is as compelling as always, hardened by his time in juvie but still vulnerable due to his youth and the extreme danger he's in.

It might leave any new readers confused, but it works well for the series as a whole. I feel like it clearly worked with the themes of the trilogy rather than being thrown in for a cheap shock. Feb 06, Kira rated it liked it. Interesting end to a weird trilogy. I never fully got into the writing or characters, so I didn't really care what happened to them in the end, but I guess it ended decently. Not likely to recommend the series but I don't regret reading it. This series is some dark YA but it's so good. Mar 01, Natalie rated it it was amazing.

Oh my lord this book was amazing. I don't understand why it is only getting 4 stars most of the time. I was crying by the time i finished this series. Nov 14, E. Wesley rated it liked it Shelves: dark-fiction , young-adult. Angsty superheroes, depressed gods, human filth, and a whole lot of darkness. First off, John Hornor Jacobs has done a very good job with his ensemble in this book.

The characters, though all depressed and filled with end-of-the-world angst, all feel very fleshed out and real. Each has a unique voice, which is a praiseworthy feat in itself, and even the unlikable among them have a place in the story that made me care. Sickening in places. Jacobs really accomplishes what he set out to do here, but what he set out to do is definitely not for everyone.

A feeling of hopelessness pervades every moment, so much that I found myself carrying a dark cloud away with me from my reading sessions. I also found myself a bit disappointed with the beginning and the extremely fast ending. The middle two-thirds of The Conformity was engaging and full of depth, but the bookends left me wanting more. In all, a well-written action novel with intriguing characters, and a dark side that is as big as the Conformity itself. NOTE: My reviews find both the good and the bad in the books I read, so take the information at face value, and use the rating as my own personal response to the value that is in the book.