Five Nights at Freddy's: The Silver Eyes
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Five Nights at Freddy's: The Silver Eyes is a 2015 horror mystery novel written by Scott Cawthon and Kira Breed-Wrisley. It is based on Cawthon's bestselling horror video-game series Five Nights at Freddy's, and is considered by Cawthon to be separate-canon to the events that occurred in the game series.
In 1995, 17-year old Charlotte Emily (known as “Charlie”) returns to her hometown, Hurricane, Utah, to attend the launch of a scholarship dedicated to her childhood friend Michael Brooks. Michael and four other children were murdered at a local family restaurant, Freddy Fazbear's Pizza 10 years ago. Charlie's father, Henry, designer of the restaurant's animatronic mascots, was suspected of murder, and consequently committed suicide using an unknown animatronic. Charlie reunites with her friends, Carlton Burke, John and Jessica, to revisit the restaurant. They discover it has been surrounded by a partially-built mall; they discover a back route into the pizzeria, finding all the animatronics still in place.
Following the ceremony to honor Michael, John tells Charlie that he remembers seeing a person in a yellow Freddy Fazbear costume on the day of Michael's death, suspecting that this stranger was the murderer. That night, Charlie and her friends return to the restaurant, further accompanied by friends Marla, Lamar, and Marla's younger half-brother Jason, who was only one at the time of Michael's murder. While playing an impulsive game of hide-and-seek with John, Charlie encounters one of the animatronics, Foxy the Pirate, who she was terrified of as a child. Trying to recall details of her childhood, Charlie remembers that Henry used to own another restaurant in New Harmony, named Fredbear's Family Diner.
Charlie and John drive to New Harmony, where Charlie recalls the day her twin brother, Sammy, was kidnapped by someone wearing a Spring Bonnie costume. This led to her parents divorcing and leaving the original restaurant. Charlie suspects Sammy's abduction and Michael's murder are connected. Later, the teenagers return to Freddy's once again, accompanied by the mall's lone security guard Dave. However, Dave unexpectedly retrieves a Spring Bonnie costume and kidnaps Carlton, witnessed by Jason. The group flee, informing Carlton's father, police chief Clay Burke, who suspects it is just another of his son's pranks. A policeman, Dunn, is sent to investigate but is murdered by Dave in the Spring Bonnie suit.
Meanwhile, John and Charlie research Fredbear's history, discovering a newspaper article on Sammy's kidnapping. A photograph depicts Dave, who is identified as William Afton, co-owner of both restaurants. Separate scenes with Clay reveal that Afton was the primary suspect in the murders, but no direct evidence could be found against him. Back at the restaurant, William Afton has placed Carlton in a costume, which can be worn by both humans and animatronics through a series of spring-loaded mechanisms called “spring locks”. These locks could be lethal if triggered whilst a human is wearing the suit. When Carlton asks William Afton how he knows about this, William Afton shows Carlton a pair of half-moon cuts, seen by Charlie earlier in the book. William Afton was the true creator of these horrible reminders of hell.
Jason returns to the restaurant to save Carlton, followed by Charlie and her friends. They rescue Carlton but find that the animatronics – Freddy, Bonnie, Chica, and Foxy – are aggressive towards intruders. Examples of this are when Charlie is chased by Bonnie, when Jason is taken by Foxy, Marla, Lamar, and Jason are hunted by Freddy, and when an unknown animatronic nearly breaks down the security room door that protected both John and Jessica. William Afton claims the suits are haunted by the souls of the dead children, and that they don't remember who killed them. He also claims that he will "walk over their corpses in the morning" because the dead children see him as "one of them." The group is attacked by the animatronics all at once, fully expecting they will be killed by them, but are saved by a fifth animatronic, Golden Freddy, revealed to be haunted by Michael. In a last attempt to do harm, William Afton attacks Charlie in the Spring Bonnie suit. Charlie activates the costume's spring locks, apparently killing Afton, and his body dragged away by the animatronics, allowing the group to leave with Clay.
Charlie and her friends go their separate ways. She goes to a cemetery to visit two unknown graves, recalling happier times with her father.
On December 11, 2015, Scott Cawthon posted a teaser on his website for an upcoming untitled novel. According to him, the novel was written "alongside a professional writer for the last ten months" and "expands the mythos", revealing "a human element never before seen in the games". On December 15, 2015, Cawthon revealed the title of the book. The book was originally called Five Nights at Freddy's: The Untold Story, but was renamed shortly after. It was supposed to be available for Amazon Kindle on December 22, 2015, but because of an error in Amazon's system, it was released slightly earlier on December 17, 2015. The paperback edition of the book was published by Scholastic on September 27, 2016.
Although it was released to resounding success, Five Nights at Freddy's: The Silver Eyes has drawn in a lot of criticism from fans. According to Design and Trend, it all started when a fan got the Five Nights at Freddy’s: The Silver Eyes novel with the hope that the novel will have the answers to the mysteries on the game franchise. However, he was then disappointed because as for him, the novel doesn't have anything to do with the game at all.
Therefore, as fans had claims of the book's lore conflicting with that of the games' lore, Cawthon replied that:
"The games and the books should be considered to be separate continuities, even if they do share many familiar elements. So yes, the book is canon, just as the games are. That doesn't mean that they are intended to fit together like two puzzle pieces. [...] The book is a re-imagining of the Five Nights at Freddy's story, and if you go into it with that mindset, I think you will really enjoy it."
Design & Trend surmised that based on Cawthon's statements, both the book and games are meant to be enjoyed separately, meaning that those who have not yet played the titles under the Five Nights at Freddy's games series can still cope with the events that happen in The Silver Eyes.
Quoting on how The Silver Eyes could be improved, Latin Post stated, "Perhaps, it is better if Cawthon will give in to the request of the fans and reveal some clues in the book. Five Nights at Freddy's is a game that one won't be able to finish easily. Filled with challenges and puzzles, it tests one's strategy to play hard and survive. Its difficulty level is something one should not undermine. That is why many are hoping to find the answers between the book's pages. Cawthon will be doing his gamers a favor if the book will explain some of the mysteries of the game. If he does, for sure his fans will love it."
On the positive side, Kevin Anderson & Associates complimented Cawthon and their very own associate, Breed-Wrisley on writing the novel. They commented that it had a "rousing narrative and animated pace" that "brings you into the main character, Charlie's world as she returns to her home on the tenth anniversary of Hurricane, Utah’s most gruesome homicide." Ending the quote, they said, "The first in a three-book series, Five Night’s at Freddy’s: The Silver Eyes has fans hungry for more. We are so proud of Scott and Kira’s amazing accomplishment and look forward to celebrating many more in the near future."
Five Nights at Freddy's: The Twisted Ones is the second novel written by Cawthon and Breed-Wrisley. The direct sequel to The Silver Eyes, its events take place one year after. It was first discovered on Amazon in early 2017, sparking controversy on the legitimacy of the product. Later, Cawthon confirmed that the novel was in fact official. The book was released early in some bookstores, but was released publicly on June 27, 2017. It depicts about the main character, Charlie, who "had a new fresh start", but finds herself "drawn back into the world of her father's frightening creations" as she tried to move on.
The third and final book in the trilogy, Five Nights at Freddy's: The Fourth Closet, was released on June 26, 2018. The novel takes a focus on Charlie's friends, who discover the truth behind Charlie's fate in The Twisted Ones, while mysterious events unfold after the opening of a new Freddy-themed restaurant.
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