Full of Landy’s trademark wit, action and razor sharp dialogue, DEMON ROAD kicks off with a shocking opener and never lets up the pace in an epic road-trip across the supernatural landscape of America. Killer cars, vampires, undead serial killers: they’re all here. And the demons? Well, that’s where Amber comes in…Sixteen years old, smart and spirited, she’s just a normal American teenager until the lies are torn away and the demons reveal themselves.
Forced to go on the run, she hurtles from one threat to another, revealing a tapestry of terror woven into the very fabric of her life. Her only chance rests with her fellow travellers, who are not at all what they appear to be…
I haven’t read Derek Landy (I know, I can hear the shocked gasping through my screen as I type), so I don’t know much about his writing style. However, what I do know now is that he writes full on. Everything. Is. Just. Full on. There’s so much going on at all times, the protagonist barely has time to kill off a vampire before a witch is knocking at her door.
The beginning was the biggest bombshell of the book. I don’t care about the other ones. I don’t care about the death of supposedly valued characters. I only care about the massive bombshell at the start of the book, about page 50. Landy spends about 20 of his precious pages setting up the setting for the rest of the 500 page epic rollercoaster. Then, he gets straight into the action, without wasting any more of the reader’s time. And it’s here, that we’re given a bombshell. And although it gets to become normality after the beginning, the first time we are told is definitely the worst. Because, everything that we are given as humans, everything that is told to us, to raise us as good, ethical people, goes completely against what we are told in this book. It’s incredibly powerful. So kudos for that.
So, the good parts of this book were the action and the morally antagonising plot points. However, there were parts of the book that just left me like…
For example, some (well actually, most) of the characters.
As you can probably tell, it’s extremely hard to emotionally connect with a book when the characters just get on your nerves. For example, the main character. Amber, oh Amber. WHY ARE YOU SO F*CKING, SELF-CENTRED, ARROGANT, SWOONY, BABYISH AND WRAPPED UP IN YOUR OWN IGNORANCE??? Seriously. You’re being chased. WHY DO YOU STILL INSIST ON TRYING TO GET THE DRIVER OF YOUR CAR TO TURN BACK SO YOU CAN “TALK REASON” INTO THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN MURDERING AND TORTURING PEOPLE FOR 141 YEARS???
You’re being hunted. Get over it.
Furthermore, the people she meets are just as bad, if not worse. One kid, Glen, is apparently meant to be the “annoying-kid-who-doesn’t-know-how-to-fight-but-is-still-a-valuable-contribution-to-the-group” but he just comes across as annoying. Plain annoying. Oh, and dumb. I swear, does Glen have more than 2 grams of grey matter in his brain?
However! There still are pretty good characters. For example, Milo. I was really able to connect with Milo and even though I don’t actually know why, he was just a better character than Amber and Glen. He had a dark past, a dark present, a probably dark future. He was mysterious, we weren’t told much about him, however, we were still fed enough to keep us wanting more. So, go Milo!
In conclusion, some good characters, but some that nearly dragged the whole book down. The writing was nice, the plot was good, and the action was top notch.
Thank you to Harper Collins for providing me with a review copy, in exchange for an honest review.
Rating: ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 8/10
Demon Road is out now. Buy at your local bookstore.
- Title: Dorothy Must Die
- Author: Derek Landy
- Hardcover: 512 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins (August 28, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0008140812
- URL: Goodreads, Amazon