I’m late posting this because I’ve been at BEA all week. Many thanks to Carl from Stainless Steel Droppings for hosting this groupread! I’d heard many good things about Neverwhere before reading it, but never expected to be introduced to such a creepy/whimsical/wonderful new world!
Rather than following specific questions this week, we decided to just post our thoughts on the ending of the book. For those of you who haven’t been reading along, this means major plot SPOILERS. I’ll post a spoiler-free review in the near future for anyone who hasn’t read the book and doesn’t want to ruin the fun.
So, without further ado…
One of the most fascinating characters to me throughout the entire story has been Hunter. She reminds me a bit of a female comic book character. Based on her appearance earlier in the story, Richard mistakes her for a prostitute, but at the same time she saves his life over and over again. I didn’t expect Hunter to betray Door, but at the same time I didn’t think that it was out of character for her at all. Hunter has one major goal throughout the book, and that is to kill the Beast. Betraying Door brought her one step closer to doing so. Hunter highlights the grey area between good and evil, and must face the consequences of her decisions, putting herself into a position where she is unable to kill the Beast herself. Hunter’s betrayal shows the complexity of human nature because even though she sold out her friends, she still wasn’t necessarily an evil person.
The Marquis was one of those characters that I kept thinking was the bad guy, but then it turns out that he wasn’t. Meanwhile, Islington was a frickin’ angel! I had thought that he’d be trustworthy. One of the morals of this story is that appearances can be deceiving.
I’m impressed by the way that Richard grows up towards the end of the novel, but I did kind of want to slap him and turn him around because I already knew that there was no way that he could just return to his old life after developing a sense of imagination and coming into himself. I was just like “No, Richard! Don’t do it!” I was so glad that he was able to return to London Below, and I’m glad that he didn’t get back together with Jessica. I was pleased with the ending; it just felt right.