Sara’s Review of Nightmare City by Andrew Klavan
To say I have mixed feelings about this book is a bit of an understatement. After having finished the reading of it, had time to sit and contemplate things, and even talk it over with a few feline friends, I’m still not entirely sure whether I liked the story or not. In truth, this was a difficult read for me. Now, I’m not saying that the book wasn’t enjoyable. It did have some memorable moments and it’s definitely unique, but it is something that I can see many readers having a difficult time with initially.
So what do I mean by this? Well, let me first say that from the time I started the book until the time I got halfway through it, I was completely lost on what was going on within the story. I’m an intelligent feline, and I tend to be able to figure things out rather quickly, but with this book I was stumped. And as a result, I found I was getting frustrated, which is never a good thing because it often leads to me putting the book down and walking away in a huff. Everything that was happening to Tom was not piecing itself to make a clear picture for me. To say I was as clueless as Tom was the first half of the story fits perfectly with how I felt as I was reading. The fog, the voices, the creatures, all of it made no sense…until that is I got to the halfway point of the book. Literally.
Now the fact that it took half the book to get to a point where I understood what was going on did not entirely sit well with me. But once I got to that point, the book actually started to become enjoyable and I was able to lose myself in the events more. Not only did the flow of the story picked up pace and the suspense began to build, but I wanted to keep reading in order to find out what happened to Tom at the end. It was a complete flip in appreciation from how it all started off for me. It just really is a shame that it took half a book to get to this point though.
Outside of the feeling of being lost at the start, I did enjoy the characters and thought the general plot was intriguing.
I admired Tom’s sense of determination in finding out the truth. It’s actually this determination which helps him throughout the book, and yet it’s also what resulted in him getting stuck in the position he finds himself in to begin with. Still, he was easy enough to relate to and I found that I liked him a lot as the story progressed. Lisa was fun and I only wish that there were more scenes with her in them. I loved the scene where she called bluff on some of the staff at their high school! I found myself cheering out loud at the moment. As for Marie, the only thing I’m going to say about her is that she made my fur crawl with suspicion the entire time and I’m still not entirely sure of her even now. Sadly, as much as I’d like to go into full detail about my thoughts on all of the characters, I am actually afraid to do so for fear of giving something away plot wise.
And actually, when it comes to the plot, I’m at a loss as to how to describe it because everything that happens is so intricately woven together to the point where going into any amount of detail will spoil it all for the reader. Yes, in this I have to give Klavan massive purrs because for all of the confusion at the start of the book, once it’s explained you’ll be left wondering how it was you never figured it out sooner.
So in conclusion, as a warning to you, this is one of those books that will hit everyone differently. Some of you will most likely figure things out far sooner than I did, others may be just as lost as I was at first. But I promise, if you just keep reading, you’ll find that it was well worth it in the end. =^.^=
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.
As part of the tour, Klavan is offering up 3 print copies of Nightmare City (US only)! To enter, simply click on the Rafflecopter link below and fill out the form. Good luck to all who enter. =^.^=