- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 3716 KB
- Print Length: 179 pages
- Publisher: Open Road Media Teen & Tween (20 Mar. 2012)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007DFUMP8
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
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Last Stop (Watchers Book 1) Kindle Edition
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I compared this book to a Twilight Zone episode because it feels like a single episode in a continuing anthology series, (which is exactly what it is. There are five more "Watchers" books, only loosely thematically connected.) Such a tale turns neither on intense drama nor on a convoluted plot, and deep character development is not a priority. Rather, it starts with a creepy, unnatural and mysterious event. Is our narrator disturbed; is there a logical explanation; is something otherworldly happening? Exchanges with odd or unnerving characters alternate with scenes of stark reality. What's happening here? What am I seeing out of the corner of my eye? Will anyone believe what I think I just saw? Here, the kid hero and his energetic sidekick piece together clues, find journals, talk to mysterious individuals, track down witnesses, and try to solve a mystery and explain the creepily inexplicable, while questioning their own sense of reality.
Within these pages we have a missing dad and a weird vision of a subway station that appears abandoned to everyone who passes by, except for the missing man's son. We have an adventurous attempt by the son to enter the station, a search for a passenger who did disembark at the station, a psychic's prediction, a hidden journal, an insane wise fool, references to other dimensions, and chases, searches, sneaking around, peril and threat. We follow the son as he questions his own sanity, and consider the matters of hallucinations, stress disorder, depression, and madness.
In short, we get what we got from Rod Serling every week as normal people were forced to confront paranormal situations and tried to reconcile reason and fear and the irrational.
This book is identified as ideal for reluctant readers. I think that label, which damns with faint praise, can scare some readers away. Here, it just means the book is written in a clear, direct style and moves along at a fast pace. When considered that way, all good middle grade books should qualify.
The upshot is that the writing was solid and effective, occasionally with some nice touches but without any attempt to be artsy or literary. The story is good and well told. The ending has a nice and unexpected twist and finality, and the resolution of all of the mysteries is satisfying. This is high quality stuff, and I am not at all reluctant to encourage readers to consider it.
Please note that I received a free ecopy of this book in exchange for a candid review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.
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