Dark Harvest by Norman Partridge

Norman Partridge
Star Rating
Reviewer's Rating
Jan 30, 2013

I freely admit it—I had to make a second, running start at Dark Harvest. But once I got past the idea that the evil presence holding the entire town captive was a pumpkin-headed boy with a butcher knife, the story was plenty creepy for my taste. Every Halloween, all boys between the ages of sixteen and nineteen are set loose on the town to prevent the October Boy from getting to the church before midnight. The winner earns the one and only ticket out of town. Every Halloween, that is, until Pete McCormick’s sixteenth year when he figures out what the October Boy is really about and challenges the status quo.

Without giving too much away Dark Harvest is a bizarre blend of The Lottery, The Hunger Games and The Giver.

Reviewed by Helen H.
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