Hi there! Welcome to my stop on the NIGHTMARE CITY blog tour organized by YA Bound Book Tours. To check out other stops on the tour, click here. NIGHTMARE CITY is a YA thriller from acclaimed novelist and screenwriter Andrew Klavan coming out TOMORROW, but you can find out about it all today…
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.
Seventeen y/o student reporter Tom Harding’s life is altered–perhaps forever–when he tries to answer his phone one morning. He can’t understand the staticy voice over the line, so he gets up and heads down to breakfast in his empty home.
After a few minutes he realizes his house is the only thing empty. The neighborhood is deserted. And he can’t hear the constant hum of freeway traffic anymore. Snatches of TV break through, but only one show, and the phones and Internet are no-go’s.
He heads into the foggy landscape sure he sees someone who can help him, and find only nightmare creatures who attack at will. Rushing back into his house, Tom hears his brother Burt’s voice warning him–encouraging him–to fight, but that can’t be. Burt’s been dead for six months.
Now, Tom must fight the nightmare creatures and discover the truth buried in his lost memories to survive. In this journey Tom gets help from his girlfriend Marie, his friend and editor Lisa, Burt–speaking from the grave, and the Lying Man who may or may not be lying. Learning which of these people to trust is an even more dangerous game, and may end up killing him.
OMG. I had no idea where this book was going for the first 50 pages. Was it Walking Dead for teens? Was it 28 Days Later reimagined?
It becomes clear that the battle Tom must win is a psychological one. That the escape he’s seeking isn’t to flee this scary life, but to hold onto it. See, Tom’s a stickler for the truth, and the truth is: he’s made some pretty powerful enemies. His bombshell story on the football team’s past steroid use has more that ruffled feathers–it’s turned Tom’s world inside-out.
Revealed in vignettes and mini-flashbacks we experience the disorientation and fear as Tom retraces his muddled memories to find the center of the truth. It’s a fantastic ride, full of twists and red herrings. I’m not a super fan of horror–and had to put this down the first night because I didn’t want my own personal nightmare city running through MY brain (I got ENOUGH trouble sleeping TYVM!) but in the light of day NIGHTMARE CITY is a fast, entertaining read. Definitely suitable for middle-to-upper YA readers. May specifically appeal to boys as the MC is male and it’s a very male tale…
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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