Review: The One You Feed by James Drummond

TheOneYouFeedThe One You Feed
(Out of the Dark, #1)
by James Drummond

YA Horror
Date Published: October 2013


Like most kids who grew up in the small Oregon town of Silver Falls, Toby Hoffman had heard all the scary stories about the monsters living in the neighboring woods of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Now a teenager, he knows the stories are told to keep the town’s children from wandering where they aren’t wanted. However, when an unknown animal begins brutally attacking Silver Falls’ residents, Toby can’t help but wonder if one of the fables might be true.

Then his best friend, Nate, wakes up covered in blood in the reservation woods, with no recollection of whose blood it is or where it came from. Toby convinces himself that it’s time to take action—not an easy decision considering he’s barely left his room in over a month, still stricken with grief and guilt following a family tragedy.

With the help of Rachel, a determined Native American girl who has moved off the reservation and into the house next door, Toby searches for a way to save his hometown from further attacks. He also develops feelings for his new neighbor, which are put to the test when he and Rachel discover that certain mythical monsters really do exist and that her uncle may be responsible for their unexpected emergence.

To make matters worse, there’s also evidence that Nate is now one of the beasts and he has every intention of holding onto his extraordinary new creature capabilities—no matter the cost. In order to save Silver Falls from a true scary story, Toby will have to face off against his closest friend.


★★★★☆ : Great! I liked this book!

The premise of the story was rather creepy and mind-boggling. Something was out there, a monster or a beast, that was killing people and animals. And then there’s Toby, a teenage son who seemed to be battling depression after the accident that cost her mom’s life. As a kid, he had heard so many urban legends about the monster sightings and killings. And now that he’s grown up a bit, it made him wonder if any of those stories were true.

Then there was Nate and Rachel. Two mystifying figures, one was new in town, the other one was his bestfriend. Two people who eventually convinced Toby that a “monster” was really on the loose. Toby, along with all the other interesting and intriguing characters, made this story more engaging and palpable. Trust, loyalty, courage and compassion were the qualities Toby had possessed and manifested, thus making him a very likable character.

James Drummon’s writing was excellent. He had kept me reading right from the start until I came to the end. The feeling of dread, fear and satisfaction was there in every page that I read. It even made me want to throw up and flee my room. Gahhh, this had been a really awesome book. The ending was also a treat to something more promising and exciting!

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JamesDrummonJames is the author of The One You Feed, Something Wiccan, and The Agreement – the first three books of the Out of the Dark series. He lives in Chicago, Illinois with his wife Angela and two cats named Tim and Ruby. During the day James is a Senior Instructional Designer for an e-learning development company. A Graphics Designer at the company, Wojtek Batko, designs the covers for James’ books.

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4 thoughts on “Review: The One You Feed by James Drummond

  1. Claire, you read the most fascinating books. I love YA. I just started reading Seraphina. Have you read it. My 12 yr old and I are reading it at the same time. Love the sound of this book.
    Sorry, It has taken me so long to comment on your blog. Sigh. Back to school etc.

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    1. Thanks 🙂 I know how it feels, going back to school and having to do house chores, sometimes I wish I could split my body in half so I could do things at the same time 🙂

      I haven’t read Seraphina, is this the one by Rachel Hartman about dragons? I’ve long wanted to read that, maybe i should look for it in my favorite local bookstore the next time my kids and I go out shopping for new books to read 🙂 Thank you!


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