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A book I read about 20 years ago when I was 12 or so about creatures that lived underground and can’t see (maybe they were called "beasties" or something?) and at the end of the book this boy gives them his eyes.

Throughout the book it wasn’t clear to me if they were good but I think the main character comes around to them because​ I believe he voluntarily gave up his eyes.

I remember being kinda disturbed by the book but it was thought-provoking and am interested in uncovering the book again.

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Answering my own question bc after years of forgetting the name of the book making this post jogged my memory. “Beasties” by William sleator.

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    You should support your answer - even if it's a self-answer - by demonstrating how it's the correct answer (e.g. by quoting a plot summary that matches the description in your original post). – V2Blast Jun 10 at 6:36
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Possibly,

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2011) by Ransom Riggs

These creatures that you are talking about are called Hollows. They don't really have pupils and steal others' eyes. They are absolutely bad! It's been a while since I read this book, so I can't be sure if this is it, but the Hollows never were good creatures throughout the entire plotline.


The Goodreads summary for this is:

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow-impossible though it seems-they may still be alive. A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.


The only thing is, it doesn't match your timeline of 20 years ago...

  • There are two sequels, and the Hollows are somewhat more sympathetic later on. I don't recall any voluntary eye giving. – Adamant Jun 9 at 23:31
  • @Adamant I only read the first book, so... – Voldemort's Wrath Jun 10 at 2:02

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