Welcome to my stop on the Nightmare City blog tour! Today I have my review of the book to share with you and don't forget to scroll to the bottom of the post to enter the tour wide giveaway!
Author: Andrew Klavan
Release Date: November 5, 2013
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
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 is a thrilling young adult Christian mystery novel that follows main character Tom Harding as he wakes to a world where nothing is right - there are no other people, strange monsters lurk in the dense fog, and everything seems wrong. Tom must figure out what is happening in this place - if it's real or a dream, is he dead and in hell, or did the apocalypse happen? Tom has the natural talent of searching out the truth in any situation, so he decides to put his skills to work to find answers about where he is and what is really happening. Along the way, Tom realizes that this world is much more than it seems and it holds more than he ever thought possible - including his life. Will Tom be able to find the answers he needs before it's too late?
This was an exciting book filled with lots of twists, turns, mystery, and adventure. It took awhile to figure out what was really happening in the novel, but once that is revealed, everything begins to fit into place. I enjoyed the mystery aspect of the book - trying to figure out what really happened and who did what - before the main character did. The characters were well written, especially Tom. He's realistic and easy to identify with right from the beginning. We are able to see his strengths, weaknesses, hopes, and fears. The rest of the characters were also well written, but most seemed cliched in some areas. The setting that the author created was confusing and disorienting at first - until Tom realizes what's happening. It's definitely creepy and the author used great imagery to transport the reader into the world that he created. The plot was very intriguing. I loved the main idea behind the story - I can't say much else without spoilers - and there were a ton of deep underlying topics dealt with along the way. The book not only leads the reader through a strange world full of doubt, fear, and otherworldly monsters, but also touches upon serious topics like grief, love, family, bullying, and the importance of truth. There are also religious aspects in the book - like good versus evil, heaven and hell, and faith - but I didn't find that it overwhelmed the story at all and it didn't come across as preachy at all. There were some spots in the book where I lost interest, for whatever reason, but in the end, the plot and the mystery to be solved had me curious until the end. Recommended for fans of YA fiction and Christian fiction.
Giveaway: (3) print copies of Nightmare City (US only)