Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Book Club: The City

The City (with Bonus Short Story The Neighbor): A Novel by Dean Koontz
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Book: The City
Author: Dean Koontz

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.

What I Have To Say:
This book was gifted to me by one of my sorority sisters a couple of years ago. I would frequently start to read the pick and then abandon it for another book, only to pick it up a couple of months later and abandon it again. I got to pick the November book for my Book Club, and I picked this book; I was FINALLY going to force myself to read the entire thing. 

The book is about Jonah looking back on his life, starting at the age of 8, and telling the reader about his life- events, the day to day, and people he encounters. He meets a woman, Miss Pearl, who gives him a piano, as well bringing people to him in dreams- people he will encounter in real life. 

It awhile to get into the book...as you are reading you are left wondering "What's the story?" and "What do these details have to do with anything?" Just past the half way point, the book starts to pick up and become really interesting. We see how all the characters and their story lines are linked. You want to keep reading to see what happens. 

The last part of the book is so, so, so good! It moves quickly, keeps you engaged, has great plot, and interesting characters. 
Final Verdict:
This book is hard to get into. But, if you stick it out, you are rewarded with a really great story.
Unfortunately, you have to endure the first part of the book to get to the good stuff. If you can stick it out, worth the read.


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