Wednesday, 6 November 2013

PROMOTION & REVIEW - NIGHTMARE CITY BY ANDREW KLAVAN

PROMOTIONAL SPOTLIGHT

Book Information supplied by YA Bound
Title: Nightmare City
Author:  Andrew Klavan
ISBN:  978-1595547972
Release Date: 11/05/13
Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publishers

BLURB from Goodreads
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.


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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REVIEW

ISBN:  978-1595547972
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Pages/File Size: 320pages
Formats Available: Hardback

BLURB from Netgalley
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.

INITIAL THOUGHTS
So I received this one from Netgalley, and initially thought with the words "zombie apocalypse" that the book genre would be post apocalyptic. Upon reading the book I felt the book a little weird yet didn't want to put it down as I wanted to know what was going on. I don't feel as invested in or as fond of Tom as perhaps I should, I find myself at this stage wanting to know much more about his brother Burt, Lisa and even Marie"
At 74% the book was still “not lighting my reading fire”
At 85% I was still stuggling with the book.

MY REVIEW
So as I said in my “Initial Thoughts” I received an E-Arc of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. I also signed up with YA Bound Tours to take part in their blog tour.
The cover of the book has a large building looming out of a horrible green fog, that I guess by some in the UK would be described as “a real pea-souper fog”. As I had already jumped to the conclusion of a post apocalyptic theme this cover fit well with that assumption.
Though upon reading the book the cover also fits quite a few of the scenes described in the book.
Would the cover make me pick the book up from a bookstore shelf? Yes, it would and I would then read the blurb and most likely buy the book.
So upon beginning reading the book with my false assumption of it being a post apocalyptic world I was somewhat confused to find this was not the case. Initially I found the book pace rather slow and at times a little stilted. Having said that I really did not want to put the book down. I suppose you could say the oddness/weirdness qualities written within the book had me hooked and I felt a strong compulsion to finish the book and find out what it was all about and what would happen to the main character Tom.
Being totally honest, to begin with, I wasn’t particularly fond of  the main character Tom. I didn’t feel attached or as interested about him as I usually do with main characters. I will admit that my opinion did change as I learnt more about Tom and his relationship with his recently killed in Afghanistan brother Burt. It was through Tom’s feelings for his brother that I became more attached to him, as a character.  I also really liked the character who is the editor of the Sentinel School Newspaper that Tom also works on, Lisa. Lisa seemed genuinely concerned and to care about Tom.
Tom has recently reported on the scandal regarding his school sport steam. Someone has been supplying the team which some type of steroid drugs to bulk them up and enhance their sporting abilities. Obviously members of the team are not impressed, and Tom’s school life became almost unbearable.
I’d say the book and it’s plot are rather complex as it deals with someone’s perception of heaven and what they think it would be like. A lot of what is happening in the book is happening solely to Tom, and is in Tom’s own head.
It’s really difficult to tell you a great deal about the book and it’s plot without giving major spoilers away. I think its simply one of those books you need to read and experience for yourselves and come to your own conclusions.
So Did I enjoy the book? It was ok, it’s neither my favourite read nor my worst read. I admit to at times wanting to give upon the book, yet something about the book had piqued my interest and I felt strong compelled to continue reading the book. Would I recommend the book? It’s difficult, I think I’d recommend it to those who would read about psychology and a more complex read. Would I read a Bk#2? With how the book ended I wouldn’t think there would be a second book. Though if there was I think I’d definitely give it a go as curiosity would get the better of me wanting to know more about it. Would I read other books by this Author? I think I would definitely take a look at books by this Author to check them out.


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