It Devours! (Night Vale, #2) by Joseph Fink

It Devours! (Night Vale, #2)

From the authors of the New York Times bestselling novel Welcome to Night Vale and the creators of the #1 international podcast of the same name, comes a mystery exploring the intersections of faith and science, the growing relationship between two young people who want desperately to trust each other, and the terrifying, toothy power of the Smiling God.Nilanjana Sikdar is an outsider to the town of Night Vale. Working for Carlos, the town’s to...

Details It Devours! (Night Vale, #2)

TitleIt Devours! (Night Vale, #2)
Release DateJan 1st, 1970
GenreScience Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Fiction

Reviews It Devours! (Night Vale, #2)

  • Billie
    I vacillated between three and four stars on this one because I really enjoyed it, but it felt like it was trying to say something deep-ish and important-ish about belief and science and, honestly, it just got in the way of the weird. It's not that Night Vale can't get philosophical, it just felt too...obvious in this case.
  • Garrett
    If anything, I liked this one better than the first one. Once again, the more familiar you are with the show, the better, but I haven't really listened in over a year(?) and I still found very poignant and engaging moments throughout. Like Fink and Cranor tend to do, this is entertaining on many levels, so there's the topmost Night Vale level, and then the stuff that waddles and crawls beneath that, and then there's the weirdly presented science ...
  • Michelle
    What I love about Welcome to Night Vale is the quality weirdness, and "It Devours!" is no exception. Equal parts intelligent, playful, disturbing, and incisive, this story is a joyride into the surreal subconscious with unexpected glimmering profundity.
  • Sarah
    I laughed, I cried, I was devoured by a smiling god.
  • Loring Wirbel
    My only previous experience with Welcome to Night Vale was hearing a couple podcasts of a very interesting small town, a desert equivalent of Twin Peaks, where conspiracy theories always came true, where W.E.B. DuBois won World War I for the allies, and where strange maladies like throat spiders are commonplace. The two authors, Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, have a special talent for being equally droll to all sides in a cultural dispute. In th...
  • Al Morse
    Once again Joseph Fink and Jeffery Cranor have asked a complex question of their audience. Are science and religion reconcilable? Is it possible to have both strongly present in your life and remain true to both? While there is no straight answer in It Devours, the book guides us along Nilanjana and Daryll's attempts to understand each other. Night Vale is an absurd place, surreal beyond belief, and still the message isn't lost. The characters ar...
  • Bryce
    Two years ago, I began listening to the Night Vale podcast as I was falling asleep, and until reading this book (It Devours!? Oh yeah, I’ve read that book), my interaction with the Night Vale mythos was exclusively limited to that. The occasional reference to the friendly desert community did little in terms of sparking my appreciation for any deep narrative lore, since my appreciation of ‘Night Vale’ resided mostly in its aesthetic sensibi...
  • K Bo
    I read Welcome to Night Vale earlier this year, and honestly I think this follow-up is much better. It Devours! embraces the print media more than its predecessor, to its advantage - have you ever wanted to actually read a pamphlet from Night Vale? Now you can! Also, I am personally biased to like scientists and our main POV character, Nilanjara, is a scientist, so that's awesome.This book is plot-driven and spends less time marinating in the atm...
  • Chardon (
    Cranor and Fink have certainly posed an interesting question in this novel: can religion and science coexist in a person? This is the deeper, underlying question that runs all through this book, underneath all the amazing Night Vale absurdity that true fans love. This book also tackles the heavy topics of "otherness," and the kinds of meaningful relationships that exist between people, and what those relationships mean. Cranor and Fink are master...
  • Rachel Jacobs
    Uhh had mixed feelings through. Good to see Carlos in the spotlight but I didn't like this book too much until the very end. Okay maybe i just liked the Carlos parts. The magic of the town didn't come out in this novel, as it seemed to focus on a couple that had little chemistry and a church with two dimensional villains. Worth a read but not great.
  • Sharon
    I was lucky enough to be given an ARC of It Devours! Overall, I think I prefer this one to the first Night Vale novel, but I honestly find I enjoy the podcast much more than its novelizations. Not mad at it though!
  • Rosalie
    3.5. I'm VERY behind on the podcast, but I don't think that takes away from the enjoyment of the second Welcome to Night Vale novel. Familiarity helps of course. Strange and entertaining. Recommended for fans of the podcast. I read the ARC. Book available October 2017.
  • Erin
    As is the case with the first one, the book isn't directly about the main characters from WtNV, but I kind of like it that way. You have to be prepared for the weirdness and just accept it, and you have to be prepared for surprising moments of depth.
  • Robert
    All the quirk and style of the podcast and first novel, but with a much deeper sense of self. More defined characters, better plot. Fans of Night vale will love it, those who aren't yet fans will become fans.
  • Kate
    An ok book in itself, but a disappointment after the first novel.
  • Portia Kapraun
    Even better than the first!
  • Julia
    Longtime residents of Night Vale and newcomers alike will be drawn into the mysteries and conspiracy theories that are par for the course in this desert town. Meet Nilanjana, a scientist working in a town where time doesn't work right, and a house can look like it exists but doesn't. When mysterious, unscheduled earthquakes begin plaguing the town, Nilanjana sets out to find the truth, even with the Sheriff's Secret Police and the vague, yet mena...