Under the streets of London there’s a place most people could never even dream of. A city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels, knights in armour and pale girls in black velvet. This is the city of the people who have fallen between the cracks.
Richard Mayhew, a young businessman, is going to find out more than enough about this other London. A single act of kindness catapults him out of his workday existence and into a world that is at once eerily familiar and utterly bizarre. And a strange destiny awaits him down here, beneath his native city: Neverwhere.
Neverwhere is my third Gaiman book and I believe with each book of his I read, I fall more in love in the worlds he constructs beautifully. In this one, Neverwhere tells the tale of Richard Mayhew, a common guy working in London Above (the London we know to exist) who gets thrown into London Below against his will after helping out a girl, Door, who belonged in that world.
The world created by Gaiman to distinguish between the two Londons is both amazing and frightening, for London Below is the darker scarier version that is usually kept a secret from the world. Here exists monsters, ghouls, humans and rats living together but not exactly in harmony. The quest to help Door propels Richard into meeting unusual London Below inhabitants and overcoming his fear of the unknown.
The plot was very well written and it’s guaranteed to give you goosebumps and the creeps. It’s a bit brutal and there are many gory scenes, so some discretion is advised for younger readers. However, Neverwhere is originally meant for older readers.
I’ve enjoyed the characters description immensely. With Gaiman, you can definitely count on descriptions and details to be delivered well. He also wrote brilliantly of the many horrors you could expect to encounter once you enter a city’s sewage system
There’s a lot of time in London, and it has to go somewhere – it doesn’t all get used up at once…
I was lucky to find a used copy of the illustrated edition for this book and I’m so happy at how well done the illustrations were done! They completely paint the perfect picture of London Below and enhanced my reading experience. Chris Riddel is hands down a genius!
I’d definitely recommend Neverwhere as your next Gaiman read. I hope the wonderful story telling captures you to try more of his books!