When you hear the premise of Room, you may cringe. It’s a dark one. The book centers around a 5-year-old and his mother, who have been imprisoned in a man’s backyard for years. But the voice of Jack, the playful, smart protagonist, lifts the story out of darkness and puts it on par with novels like The Lovely Bones. It’s a staggeringly good read, the sort of book you can fall into for hours and hours.