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Night Road by A. M. Jenkins

Night Road

by A. M. Jenkins

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These vampires are dark and dangerous, as is Jenkins’ overall tale. With multidimensional characters, clever dialogue and a thrilling ending, this one is a must read! ( )
  jakehlyn | Nov 9, 2010 |
Cole is a “heme,” a vampire, living in a Colony of other hemes in a world full of “omnis,” or regular human beings. They congregate in a nest called the Building, which is located in New York City, and while most of them may be over a hundred years old, they were turned as teenagers. Thus Jenkins plays on the recent fascination with vampires by turning vampires into teenagers and giving them the same struggles. Cole is called upon to mentor, if you will, a newly turned vampire named Gordon; in the process, Cole is required to reflect and examine his own life. I found Jenkins book and tropes to be tiresome and poorly written; it was very difficult for me to care about the characters and I felt them to be very superficial. When I looked online to see other reviews, I noticed the book had five reviews on Amazon, all positive, which surprised me. I would not recommend this book to children as I feel the writing and characterization is quite weak. For instance, in the beginning of the book, Jenkins emphasizes that Sandor is responsible for Gordon at least five times. It became repetitive, tiresome, and plain insulting after the third time.

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“Cole did not like open feeding; he was out of the habit, and it made him uncomfortable. But he always took a feed when it was available—that was only wise, to keep desire from taking recognizable form so that it would never, ever turn into need” (12).

“’Our bodies heal…Our minds don’t. And in sun, your mind goes too, before the end…But even when it’s all gone, when all that’s left of you is just a heap of charred bone and tattered flesh, you’re still alive’” (45).

“The first time he’d felt the Thirst—he remembered that better than anything. Not an emotion, not hunger, not sexual need, but all three wrapped into one. Thirst was an ever-expanding hole” (168). ( )
  amandacb | Sep 15, 2010 |
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  TheReadingTub | Apr 20, 2010 |
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  TheReadingTub | Apr 20, 2010 |
Reviewed by Lynn Crow for TeensReadToo.com

Cole isn't quite like most hemes--as in hemovore, one who devours blood. The soft life of those living in The Building in New York City, with willing omnis offering their blood in exchange for the high feeding gives them, makes him uneasy. But he's drawn from his solitary lifestyle when the leader of the hemes asks him for a favor. Cole's friend, Sandor, has accidentally created a new heme, and it's up to him and Cole to teach Gordon about the "disease" he must now live with: how to feed, how to avoid detection, and how to control the mind-warping Thirst.

Cole, Sandor, and Gordon set off on a cross-country road trip, easing Gordon into his new life along the way. As Cole overcomes his frustration with Gordon and starts to feel sympathy for him, a long-buried guilt from his past starts to rise to the surface. When the trio encounters a stray heme with murderous tendencies, and Gordon goes on a hunger strike in an attempt to refuse accepting his condition, Cole finds himself questioning everything he thought he believed about himself and about what it means to stay human.

NIGHT ROAD is a dark, thoughtful novel that will draw readers into its mysterious and often dangerous world. Its take on the vampire mythology is fresh and layered. Despite his predatory nature, Cole is both easy to relate to and likable in his doubts, his respect for the omni humans on which he feeds, and his attempts to do right by those around him without risking too much of himself in the process.

Jenkins doesn't shy away from tough issues, like what might happen to hemes when they appear to be dead, whether they have souls, and how someone doomed to forever watch life passing in and out of existence around them can keep some semblance of humanity. The characters and ideas will stick with readers long after they've set down the book. Highly recommended, even for those who think they couldn't bear to read one more "vampire" book. ( )
  GeniusJen | Oct 12, 2009 |
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For a heme like Cole, life is a tightrope existence in which sunlight is his deadly enemy and one mistake could trap him underground, staring at the inside of a coffin lid, for eternity. After a century of wandering he may still look like a teenager, but he's known in the heme community for being observant, meticulous, and controlled—a master of life on the road.

When Cole is asked to take a newly created heme out for training, however, his usual caution may not be enough. If Gordon, the rookie who really is in his teens, can't cut ties with his old life and accept his new limitations, Cole will have to discreetly dispose of the kid—the same way a mad dog would be put down for the safety of society.

Cole thinks he can handle it. But no matter how carefully he plans, or how much he thinks he's in control, accidents still happen. . . .

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Battling his own memories and fears, Cole, an extraordinarily conscientious vampire, and Sandor, a more impulsive acquaintance, spend a few months on the road, trying to train a young man who recently joined their ranks.

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