Let me start off by saying that I wish I could have read this one when it first came out. This little novel transcends the horror genre. I really mean that. Kathe Koja does a great job telling this story of a young couple who are just going through the routines of life, not caring what tomorrow may bring.
Nicholas and his girlfriend Nakota find a hole in the storage room of his apartment building. They call it the Funhole. The experiment with the hole by putting things in it to see what happens to them. The Funhole calls to Nicholas. The hole shows them visions, but what Nicholas sees is different from everyone else's vision.
The Cipher is a smart read that changes as it moves along. It really makes you think and it is utterly terrifying. The things that Kathe Koja explores in this book are still relevant in horror today.
I gave up guessing what was going to happen. The author does a great job of setting up the second half of the book and then taking it in a completely different direction. It was mindblowing. The whole reading experience was satisfying.
I really dig Kathe Koja's writing style. I like the premise and the grittiness of this book. I was fully invested in the characters. There wasn't a dull moment in this book. I flew through the pages because I needed to see where this little adventure was going to take me. I was left fully satisfied. This book looks at relationships and humanity itself. I'm still thinking about this story. I can hear the Funhole calling me. I think I should go now.