The Spindlers is an enchanting story about a girl named Liza that goes on a quest to save her brother Patrick’s soul after the Spindlers stole it. Spindlers, as explained by her babysitter Anna, are creatures (similar to spiders) that live Below. Knowing that she must save him, Liza sets out with only a broom and Mirabella as a guide, a rat that dresses in clothes and wears makeup.
Lauren Oliver is an amazing storyteller, and I think readers of all ages will enjoy this novel. Beautifully written, The Spindlers is a story about loyalty, hope, and friendship, which I loved. All the creatures of Below fascinated me, but my favorite were the Nocturni. The Nocturni are assigned a human forever and lead them through dreams, as a protector.
Though I’ve seen this book labeled as middle grade, I think it’s aimed toward a younger audience and feel it’d really fall under children’s. The story is definitely full of adventure, but I didn’t find the “evil queen” quite so evil, and the challenges she faced were easily overcome.
I loved the audio version of this book. Simon Vance’s narration is excellent, and he’s been added to my list of favorite narrators! Fans of Jim Dale (narrator for the Harry Potter series) will really enjoy his voice and style. I highly recommend The Spindlers on audiobook!