Is it just me—or is anyone else like WHAT IS GOING ON IN THIS BOOK?!?
Every time I turn the page, I am expecting to understand something new about the plot, but instead I feel even more confused. Each paragraph leads me to more questions than answers, and I do not like it. Ok, maybe it is a little fun, but for now I am confused.
Being “in the dark” is a curious thing. Sometimes it is deliberate, like when someone intentionally does not reveal essential information intentionally (i.e. Shawn Smucker… ha!). Other times it is an accident, like forgetting to tell a close friend big news because you thought you already had.
In chapters 8-15, we start to see that Dan and his friends have been living in a false reality. Whether deliberate or accidental, they are living “in the dark.” In the first section of the book, it is almost as if they like living in ignorance, because living in the light is much more painful. But slowly, as memories return and the truth is revealed, reality is illuminated and they can’t run from it anymore.
Part of the mystery for me in these chapters comes from the “nameless things.” As far as I can tell, they are forces that are not being labeled or acknowledged but that have power: unforgiveness, lies, and inner turmoil. At one point toward the end of this section there is a warning, “But over the plains, a nameless darkness gathered, thick and new and frightening.”
It is evident that there are more powerful secrets coming, even worse than the memories that were shared about Dan’s twin brother.
Could it get any worse? And honestly, what is worse in this case… being in the dark or learning the truth? Will the darkness lose its power, or will the truth wreak havoc on their lives?
What is hardest for me is that the more I learn about Dan’s brother, the less I understand. Is he unworthy of leaving the torture on the mountain? Do others simply need to forgive him to move on to the East? Or would forgiveness drive them to desire to rescue him from being the last one on the mountain? Maybe it is actually unforgiveness or blame that enables them to move on.
In your experience, would you prefer being “in the dark” or knowing the full truth? Or does it vary depending on the circumstances?
Additional thought: has anyone read Dante’s Inferno? Apparently, there are supposed to be some connections between that piece and These Nameless Things.
Here’s the schedule for the rest of the book:
August 17: Chapters 16-22
August 24: Chapters 23-30
August 31: No Book Club, learn about the next session of Connection Groups