The plot of Danny Tobey’s The Faculty Club is largely driven by ancient hands and ancient fears. The collision of these old beginnings with the will and morality of the characters in the book creates a pulse and a sense of urgency that makes it difficult to stop reading. Simultaneously, the various obstacles and intellectual challenges that the characters struggle with quicken the pace, while forcing the reader to assess the choices made and to form their own strategies of entry or escape.
At this point, I feel I have to admit that while reading this book, I was deeply entrenched in a videogame with a dissimilar plot, but laden with similar racing, crawling and escaping techniques. As a result, I’m finding it difficult to think of the book in retrospect without comparing the reading of it to the experience of playing a videogame. The creation of this sense of interaction alongside Tobey’s literary and philosophical references results in a unique and addictive read — a perfect summertime combination!