Blog Tour: Nightmare City by Andrew Klavan

Standalone. Thomas Nelson Publishers (Nov. 2013) YA Bound Tours
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.

Tom wakes up having the weirdest sensation. Faces and people everywhere all milling around in this weird dream almost like it is not a dream at all. Then he wakes up to a staticky phone call - a woman's voice he can't fully place insistently telling him that she needs to see him. Her voice sounds so familiar... Other strange things start happening to Tom begging certain questions like where is his mother and what is that fog coming closer and closer to him seemingly alive? The reporter in Tom needs to investigate and as he further gets into his own mystery he discovers a web of lies all leading to the truth he so needs to know.

Right off the bat you can tell that there is going to be a lot of imagery in the Nightmare City. Everything is described in a way to make you more curious about what in the world is happening to Tom. Is it supernatural? Is it all in his mind? It can be a detriment when reading the book or you could really enjoy the fast paced style of the story. I was in between most of the time. That's really the only technical thing I could say that I didn't like about Nightmare City. I enjoyed how it played out and Tom as the main character. I really liked that he realized a lot of things about his life - the lies and the truth. It is all wrapped in a nice neat message about always telling the truth and sticking up for what you believe in. There's a bigger picture at work in life and you have to make sure you don't miss it.

There's a fog coming after Tom and in it are people who aren't quite human. The mission? To figure out what is going on with clues that people leave for him. It takes some mistakes and about half way through the book for Tom to figure out the reality of his situation which I have to say I had a feeling about. But, the different directions and new information coming in throughout the story had me guessing to what was really going on even until the end. The Nightmare City has great mystery, fast paced action, and a solid message about discerning the truth from lies and standing up for that truth.

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.

Thanks to YA Bound Book Tours for hosting this blog tour and letting me receive  Nightmare City in exchange for an honest review!


  1. I like books like this - where you can't quite tell what's real or what's not. Though I do understand how it can become a problem too, so I suppose it must be difficult to get the balance right between preventing frustration and keeping the reader in the dark. Still, I'm intrigued, and I haven't actually come across this before, so thanks for putting it on my radar. Lovely review! :)

    1. You're welcome Sam. The book was really good at leaving everything a mystery for the majority of the story so if you like that aspect you might like Nightmare City.

  2. That's great that this book has a strong message about standing up for the truth! I think the idea of waking up and everyone else having disappeared isn't that original of a concept anymore but I guess the mysteries of the fog is something new. Great review =)

    1. That's true although I've only heard of stories like this one, never read anyone of them.

  3. I love books that keep me guessing right up to the end. It sounds like an exciting story and one that I would like to check out. Awesome review! Thanks for sharing. :)


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