The Gates is a step away from Iain Rob Wright’s normal horror novels. Typically you’ll find he focuses on a small group of characters within a confined setting, tackling a terrifying situation. But with The Gates, Wright is no longer shooting for grounders and doubles, he’s winding up and going for the home-run.
This is the apocalypse on a grand scale, and it’s a solid start for his new series. Rather than following one family through the quite literal transition of hell on earth, Wright tells this story through multiple point of views, spanning the globe. From military heroes to news reporters to a washed up pop-star, each takes the high concept of the story and brings it to a ground level with all of the visceral details and horrors you’d expect from a Wright novel. Surprisingly, considering the amount of interconnected story lines, there wasn’t a single group that felt like mere caricatures. It’s some of the best character work Wright has done.
The demons themselves are the only things I felt could have been improved on. They often fell into the “horde” category, merely being bodies for some of the heroes to sweep through and destroy, (& dying much easier than they had any right to). The ending promises a lot more that will be coming through these gates than just what we’ve seen in this book, and some of the twists and turns regarding the gates themselves were fascinating discoveries.
A novel I’m glad I dove into, and one that speaks to Wright’s talents as an author as his voice and style continue to mature. Worth checking out!