Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sunday Review: The City by Dean Koontz

Title: The City
Author: Dean Koontz
Source: Net Galley
Purchase Link: Amazon


A young boy, a musical prodigy, discovering life’s wonders—and mortal dangers.
His best friend, also a gifted musician, who will share his journey into destiny.
His remarkable family, tested by the extremes of evil and bound by the depths of love . . . on a collision course with a band of killers about to unleash anarchy.
And two unlikely allies, an everyday hero tempered by the past and a woman of mystery who holds the key to the future.

These are the people of The City, a place where enchantment and malice entwine, courage and honor are found in the most unexpected quarters, and the way forward lies buried deep inside the heart. Brilliantly illumined by magic dark and light, their unforgettable story is a riveting, soul-stirring saga that speaks to everyone, a major milestone in the celebrated career of #1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz and a dazzling realization of the evergreen dreams we all share.


I used to love Dean Koontz. When I was in college I read his books constantly. he was one of my favorite authors and somewhere over the years I had phased him out. After hearing my husband talk about Mr. Koontz's books while he was reading the Odd Thomas series it made me want to dive into the author I used to love. When I saw this pop up on the recommendations for Net Galley I jumped at the chance to read it. Because to me, Dean Koontz was one of the classics!

Sighs - sometimes memories should just stay in the past.

I am really very unsure why I used to love his writing so much. After reading this novel it makes me question my own judgment. I am just, so disappointed. I wanted to love this story but I just can't. I am very saddened by this. It felt like his thoughts were being stopped mid sentence. He jumped around inside the scenes making me feel lost and confused.

And I didn't even realize the main character was African American until halfway through the book. Maybe I just missed the descriptions but I would think that it would  be important to paint a vivid picture of the main character from the get-go.

It wasn't all bad, the general premise of the story and the story line itself I loved. I really enjoyed 'the City' (a character in the story) and I loved the little boy.

I just didn't like the style of writing I guess.

Now if you are a current Dean Koontz reader then you will most likely love this book. But me, after being gone from his novels for so long, I just can't love it.

I'm going to give this a 3 star rating because I had a lot of issues with it. But overall the story itself was solid and I liked all the characters.

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