Welcome back to more of my ravings on the FNAF franchise! You might want to read Part 1 before you continue on your journey.
After the trip down memory lane, the kids decide to go back to Freddy’s. Marla is excited and her “impatience seemed to be contagious, or maybe it just gave Charlie an excuse to let her real feelings come to the surface. She wanted to show Freddy’s off to the others.” Charlie, what is there to show off? You didn’t build the place, your father did. Everyone was already there the previous night and you’re all discovering the same old things at the same time. What does that meannnnn?
Anyway, this time they are caught by the security guard. Who would have guessed, given how expert they are at being sneaky? They decide to invite him in with them, rather than just leave, even though they find him extremely creepy. Creepier still, Dave the guard somehow knows how to find the power to the place (why is there still electricity in a blocked off restaurant inside an abandoned mall?) and also control the animatronics. The teens don’t seem too upset by this though, so long as they get to keep exploring.
Dave, of course, is actually a murderer and now that he’s back in his old haunt, he slips into his Bonnie the Bunny suit and promptly drags Carlton away. Jason is the only one to witness this and because he’s a child, no one believes him when he says this, despite the fact that their friend was murdered in this place and Charlie clearly remembers her brother being kidnapped by someone in the same suit. The gang decides to leave when they get creeped out and abandon the guard to wherever they think he ran off too. Once outside, it’s clear that Carlton isn’t with them, but they decide to all go to the police rather than go back and look for their friend.
They convince a young officer to go back to the mall with them, but when they arrive, the large metal door leading to Freddy’s is chained and padlocked shut. Naturally, the officer doesn’t believe they ever made their way inside. It’s then that the kids tell the officer that Carlton is the police chief’s son. No need to mention it sooner, right? Carlton’s dad, Clay, is summoned to the scene, at which point he declares his son a prankster and takes all the kids back to his house, never once bothering to check the scene himself. Excellent parenting, Clay.
When Carlton doesn’t come home the next day, Clay sends the young cop back to the mall to investigate because he apparently doesn’t give a shit. Naturally, crazy Dave kills the young cop. Not sure how much time passes, but I couldn’t help but wonder why Clay didn’t check in with the young cop at some point. Or, I don’t know, go check on his own son himself?
It’s not until Carlton’s mother comes home, hears her son is missing and advises that she’s seen “him stage jokes so elaborate they deserve to be mounted as performance art pieces, but there is no way on earth that [he] would desecrate Michael’s memory by making Freddy’s a joke,” that Clay decides to take action. I guess Clay forgot his son was best friends with the kid who was killed in the pizzeria 10 years ago.
Meanwhile, Charlie goes back to her old house again (also full of creepy, early era, animatronics) and finds a photo album in her father’s room that confirms she had a twin brother. We also get a memory of right after Charlie’s father’s suicide. Her aunt, who came to take care of her, picked Charlie up from school after the incident and casually brought her back to the house to get some clothes. Totally not a big deal that young Charlie saw the bloody animatronic that her father used to kill himself standing in the middle of the living room and what I think would be considered a crime scene. I’m not even sure the police would let her aunt enter alone, but I’m pretty sure she wouldn’t be allowed to bring in a child just to pack a damn suitcase. But hey, how else would we get all this backstory if Charlie didn’t remember it, right?
Even after being bitched at by his wife for being an idiot, Clay doesn’t actually rush off to the mall to look for his son. Instead, Jason sneaks out of Clay’s house and walks to the mall and when his sister realizes he’s missing, they follow him. I’m not sure how far away the mall is from Clay’s house, or how Jason would have remembered how to get there when they’d only been at night, but I guess these things don’t matter. The kids all find another way to break in, since the door they used has been welded shut.
What ensues is a muddled mess of haunted animatronics trying to kill the kids while they try to find Carlton and also avoid being murdered by Dave in his bunny suit. Side note: the suits you can wear lace up the back with “ten leather and metal fasteners” and seem fairly complicated and not at all like something a person could get into by themselves, but I guess that’s another thing no one is supposed to care about. At one point, Jason gets his leg hooked by Foxy (a fox with an eye patch and a hook in place of one paw) and Marla and Lamar straight up let him get dragged away. I’m not saying I wouldn’t be scared shitless by giant animal robots who were trying to kill me, but you can bet I’d at least try to save my little brother if I thought he was being dragged to his death.
Don’t worry; Jason doesn’t die – he’s a kid, so he’s safe, as the robots only hate adults – but Marla and Lamar don’t know that when he’s nabbed.
This portion of the book was incredibly hard to follow. A map of the restaurant would have been helpful, as I had zero idea where people were in relation to each other. But, everyone stays alive, Charlie rescues Carlton (who still, of course, has a rousing sense of humor despite being held hostage and likely going without food or water for at least a day) and they realized Dave is the murderer wandering around in the bunny suit, just as he had 10 years ago. Charlie remembers he worked with her father, he was a partner in the business, but she didn’t recognize him because he used to be fat and happy and now he’s skinny and miserable. Their friend Michael is apparently haunting the golden Freddy suit Charlie’s dad used to wear and he fills Carlton in on the details of his murder and also convinces the robots not to murder the teens.
Clay eventually shows up and as everyone tries to leave Dave holds Charlie hostage. But Charlie knows how these suits work and she activates the spring locks inside (because these suits are made for an animatronic skeleton or a human to be inside and even though the parts that hold the robot skeleton are totally fatal to humans if not used right, there’s no need to design two suits, right?) and thus, kills Dave. Clay says NOTHING about this and gets everyone out of the mall. He takes his son to the ER and leaves the other kids to their own devices, because not only is he a terrible parent, but he’s also a terrible adult and cop. He wraps it up by later explaining to the kids that he’ll go back and take care of everything quietly, still not mentioning the man Charlie murdered, even if it was self-defense.
The book ends with Charlie visiting two small graves. I’m not sure if the small part is significant – we could, of course, assume they’re for her father and brother. But, she only just recalled she had a brother. But then, I suppose, if she hasn’t been back to her hometown for 10 years, she’s probably never visited her father’s grave before. But then again, Cawthon loves the convoluted so they could be for some of the other kids killed in the pizzeria.
In the end, I’m left wondering who the hell this book was written for. “Milliebot,” you say, “it’s obviously made for crackpots like you, who enjoy torturing yourself.”
Ok, yes, that’s true. But that’s not what I meant.
This book is published by Scholastic, most commonly known for their YA and middle-grade offerings. The style of this book feels almost middle-grade in its simplicity and yet the content (murders, crazed robots) and teenage protagonists make it more appropriate for teen readers. But then there’s not enough meat to the story and the characters aren’t cliché enough compared to regular YA characters, so why would a teen read this?
“Milliebot, who cares who this book is for?” you ask.
You know what, you’re right. What matters is, I own it and have now read it twice and will be continuing on with this horrible adventure. Because, as much as I love to tear into this crap, there’s something about it all that keeps me coming back!
So, if you’ve managed to stick with me through this, I applaud you. Stay tuned for my thoughts on book two. If you want to chat about the series, hit me up! If you think this series is quality…FIGHT ME.