Review: Nightmare City by Andrew Klavan

Posted by on Nov 8, 2013 in Mystery, Reading, Young Adult | 0 comments

Review: Nightmare City by Andrew Klavan

In case you missed it, yesterday we posted about a book that we loved called Nightmare City. You can spy it here.

Today, we wanted to share our thoughts with you about the book. I’ll also try to be unbiased because, well, I love Andrew Klavan.


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Nightmare City 

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About Nightmare City:

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.


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Review of Nightmare City

I really liked this novel. Then again, I tend to really like all the things that Andrew Klavan writes. Why? Well, for one, he’s a fantastic writer. And two, he knows how to tell a story (well).

In the beginning we meet Tom, who’s in high school and also on the school’s newspaper. He wakes up thinking that it’s just another, regular day, but he is very mistaken. Most of the people he knows and loves are missing and there’s an inexplicable fog closing in. Thankfully, since Tom works on his school’s newspaper, he sets out to get to the bottom of what exactly is going on, which of course leads the reader on a creeptastic, action-packed ride filled with twists and turns (and dark things).

I really liked this novel because I’m normally drawn to dark things, and Nightmare City has plenty of darkness. I think it’s a great book for fans of R.L. Stine’s Goosebump series who are looking for something a little older to read. However, I will say that Andrew Klavan has a tendency to write very wholesome YA main characters. For example, The Last Thing I Remember has a very do-the-right-thing main character named Charlie, who’s also very patriotic when it comes to the U.S. Tom is very similar in that sense. He’s wholesome, he wants to do the right thing, even if it isn’t easy. This doesn’t bother me but I know a few people that were irked at such a wholesome main character with not enough flaws. But if anything, I feel like the wholesome, do-the-right-thing mentality is a fantastic flaw because it puts both protagonists in tough and dangerous situations.

Like Klavan’s previous book series, Nightmare City uses flashbacks and memories, similar to The Last Thing I Remember to tell the story. Andrew Klavan is a master of story-telling when it comes to flashbacks and memories, so I particularly liked the way he used this as a story-telling device. In addition to Klavan’s story telling, I really enjoyed the pacing of the novel and his writing style. I’d recommend this book to anyone and I give it 5 out of 5 stars. I can’t wait to see what Klavan writes next!


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About the Author

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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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Jolene Haley, Jolene Haley, @JoleneHaley

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