Today I am five. I was four last night going to sleep in Wardrobe, but when I wake up in Bed in the dark, I'm changed to five, abracadabra. Before that I was three, then two, then one, then zero. "Was I minus numbers?"The book opens on Jack's fifth birthday. Jack was born in Room and that is the only place he has ever been. He lives there with his Ma, and once in awhile Old Nick visits, but Jack stays in Wardrobe when Old Nick visits Ma.
Ma has been held captive in Room for seven years. She and Jack have spent every single moment of Jack's live together. She has taught him to read and has taught him games to play and made his life as "normal" as she possibly could. But as Jack turns five, Ma decides that he is old enough to help her with their escape. What is unknown to her is how difficult it will be if the plan succeeds, and they enter Outside.
The whole novel is narrated by Jack, which I found to add to the profound impact that the novel had on me. Room opens up so very many questions about survival, love, and perseverance. I am hopeful that this will be one of my book group choices, because it will make for such wonderful discussion!
Excellent book! Thanks, Lynn!