Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Nightmare City by Andrew Klavan
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.
Nightmare City by Andrew Klavan was an exciting and suspenseful novel that teens and adults both can enjoy. The plot line was well written and very interesting. There were a lot of plot twists as the reader follows Tom's investigation into what is occurring. The plot contained a good mix of suspense, mystery, romance, and danger and kept me engaged the entire novel. The themes of this novel included the importance of believing and trusting in God, knowing who your real friends are, and being honest with others and yourself. I also really liked how the author illustrated his points about God and trust in a way that was truthful and clear. Nightmare City had third person narration, but was still told from the perspective of Tom so that the reader understood his thoughts and feelings. There were a few times where the narration changed and added to the suspense of the storyline.
The characters of this novel were well developed and realistic. The main character, Tom, was very engaging and had a good mix of strengths and flaws. It was interesting to see how both his past and present decisions impacted his character and the events that unfolded around him. The majority of the novel focused only on Tom and how he had interacted with other people in his past, but there were a few times where other characters, such as Marie, Lisa, Gordon, and Tom's mother entered the story and added to the complexity and tone of the novel.
Overall, I enjoyed this novel and I would highly recommend Nightmare City and any of the Andrew Klavan's novels to teen and young adult readers who are looking for an exciting yet thought provoking read.
I received this novel from Thomas Nelson and Booksneeze.com in exchange for an honest review.