Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Blog Tour: Book Review: Nightmare City by Andrew Klavan

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Nightmare City

Author: Andrew Klavan

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Synopsis: Tom Harding only wants the truth. But the truth is becoming more dangerous with every passing minute.

As a reporter for his high school newspaper, Tom Harding was tracking the best story of his life when, suddenly, his life turned very, very weird. He woke up one morning to find his house empty . . . his street empty . . . his whole town empty . . . empty except for an eerie, creeping fog and whatever creatures were slowly moving toward him through the fog.

Now Tom s once-ordinary world has become something out of a horror movie. How did it happen? Is it real? Is he dreaming? Has there been a zombie apocalypse? Has he died and gone to hell?

Tom is a good reporter he knows how to look for answers but no one has ever covered a story like this before. With the fog closing in and the hungry creatures of the fog surrounding him, he has only a few hours to find out how he lost the world he knew. In this bizarre universe nothing is what it seems and everything including Tom s life hangs in the balance.

Brought to you by TeamNerd Reviewer Annabell Cadiz

Side Note: The book was provided by the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. But that in no way affected my opinion.

Review: As a suspense lover and horror enthusiast, I was quickly swallowed up by the intensity of Nightmare City!

Tom is a senior in high school and happens to also be the most hated one thanks to a big story he broke about the schools team pulling a Lance Armstrong and using enhanced drugs to bulk up their game. But on a day that’s meant to be like any other—wake up, punch alarm, get ready for school, endure the torture—Tom instead awakens to an empty house and his mother gone. Odder still is that the entire neighborhood seems to have disappeared and a dense fog has taken over. Worse yet is what is contained inside that fog. Horrifying creatures that want nothing more than to get to Tom and munch their teeth into him zombie style. Tom isn’t going down without a fight first. He sets out determined to find out the truth about what happened to his mom, to his town, and how to send these ugly creatures back to the hell they crawled out of.

Right from the beginning, Nightmare City hooks the reader with its bizarre and nightmarish atmosphere. The ordinary day is swept away and in its place is a boy who ends up facing ghosts, demon-like creatures, and his own inner demons to discover the truth—no matter how much that truth can hurt, literally. Tom was a great lead. The story progresses at his pace as he discovers one layer of truth at a time, as his mind desperately works to understand what in the hecks is going on around him. He is scared but determined, weak-willed at times and strong-willed in others. Tom is a character you can connect with and relate to and root for.

The Lying Man, the villain, is true to his name. His promises sound so much like truth, so much like the best path to walk and the best invitation to peace, but that’s what he’s good at: seducing you with lies you want to hear even though you know their lies. Tom’s battle is dark and scary and hard. You can feel his desperation and fear, you can feel his loneliness and frustration. It’s what makes the reader root for Tom because he’s realistic and what he faces we have all faced on one level or another. It’s why readers will want Tom to win in the end because we need to know that no matter our choices there’s always a way to redemption.

The big revelation doesn’t come off until around half-way through the story but it’s definitely a doozy! There were several directions I thought the story could go and I enjoyed the one it did go in. I loved the way Klavan used the power of imagination and how our dreams reflect our everyday lives just in a broader scope.

The book covers a lot of Christian themes without ever coming off preachy or superior. I’m excited I finally found a Christian fiction writer who wrote a book I actually enjoyed reading and look forward to catching up on Andrew Klavan’s other books.

Any lover of the horror, suspense, paranormal and supernatural genres will find a great deal of creepy fun with Nightmare City! Definitely a book I would recommend staying up late into the night to read!

About the Author

Andrew Klavan is a best-selling, award-winning thriller novelist whose books have been made into major motion pictures. He broke into the YA scene with the bestselling Homelanders series, starting with The Last Thing I Remember. He is also a screenwriter and scripted the innovative movie-in-an-app Haunting Melissa.

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