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Night Road by A. M. Jenkins

Night Road (edition 2010)

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 |
I just started reading the book and so i havent rated it yet....i just finished the first two chapters, now, can someone please tell me if its a haemovore or a hemovore? Maybe i am wrong, but isnt the word with an 'a'.....a HAEMOVORE instead of hemovore...??? ( )
  kinisunny | Aug 30, 2009 |
Rewarding quick read.
When Cole tutors new vampire,
he learns about self.
  librarianlk | May 2, 2009 |
Cole is a hemovore, a person who survives solely by drinking the blood of other humans. Additionally, he will suffer greatly if he's exposed to the sun, Oh yes, he will also live forever, meaning that he will always be 18. These conditions, he says, are not to be confused with being a vampire. Yet, they do make living more complicated. Certain rules must be followed or consequences must be paid. Cole himself once made a grievous error, and now must pay the penalty for all eternity. Now that Gordon, a newly created 18 year old hemovore has been added to the colony, it is up to Cole to teach Gordon NOT to make the same mistakes he did. To do so Cole must re-address the consequences of his own disastrous mistake...and she lives upstairs. ( )
  Mrs.May | Apr 6, 2009 |
Hemovores - or "vampires" - on a road trip! Cole, a seasoned hemovore, takes a training trip with a newbie Gordon, all whilst fighting his inner demons that plague his past. Gripping, fast read. ( )
  mana_tominaga | Mar 25, 2009 |
Starts out like your typical "nice-vampires-who-don't-kill-humans" story, but develops into a deeper look at the life of one particular vampire. His struggles, his pain at seeing the humans he loves die, while he never ages, and how he deals with all of this. A good and more serious look at the vampire's perspective. ( )
  ohioyalibrarian | Feb 12, 2009 |
Classic vampire "road trip" story. Even though they refuse to use that name. There was nothing new or exciting about this story. The beginning started out promising, but it went downhill from there. Being immortal is supposed to be more exciting than that. ( )
  elizardkwik | Feb 12, 2009 |
Cole is a heme - short for hemovore - who lives by a very strict set of rules. The hemes are immortal and unchanging, but it is only in the last few centuries that the American hemovores have formed a community, and have created an insular society. Hemes either live in this community, or as eternal wanderers, forever moving from place to place. The organizer of heme society, Johnny, has asked Cole to take the newest heme, a young man named Gordon, out on the road. Cole will teach Gordon the methods the hemes use to survive and remain unnoticed, along with the more congenial Sandor. However, Gordon is not ready to leave behind his human life, and his intransience, and a stray hemovore, create a dangerous situation for the contained and controlled Cole.

There are definitely things to like about this book. It has a remarkably unromantic view of vampires and their eternal life. The organization of a society full of unchanging and immutable super-beings has potential too. However, this book falls short in the character department -- Cole has a stake up his butt, Gordon is a whiny little brat. The most interesting chararcter is Sandor, and he is kept eternally in the background. Also, the plot felt a little weak -- the idea that someone as careful and contained as Cole could be surprised by a nutjob sort of fell flat for me. People looking for a vampire book where the vampires aren't glittery and schmoopy could do far worse than this book, but it's not my favorite. ( )
  59Square | Jan 13, 2009 |
This is an outstanding young adult vampire book, one of my favorite genres. These vampires strongly prefer to be called hemovores, because "the v word" brings to mind far too many inaccurate stereotypes. Cole, a longtime hemovore, joins his old friend Sandor in taking a newly turned hemovore named Gordon on a meandering road trip to teach Gordon how to survive in the human world as a hemovore. Part vampire story, part coming of age quest, part road trip tale, this novel is captivating and memorable. While the book is over 360 pages, it is very quick moving and will appeal to teen and adult readers who enjoy this genre. ( )
  sherrie87 | Nov 9, 2008 |
Do you love vampire stories? Do you like it when an author takes a unique approach to the vampire myths? Well, Printz Honor winner, A.M. Jenkins, has created a very unique story indeed. Cole, a hemovore, lives a life of solitude. He travels from town to town - never staying more than a week or two in any one place. He feeds just enough to keep the Thirst at bay. Cole receives word that he is needed at The Building in New York City. The Building is an apartment building that was purchased by Johnny, the hemovore that created Cole, in order to create a safe place for other hemovores that make up their Colony. The Building has everything a heme needs to survive. Rooms with complete darkness, humans (omnis) for feeding, and companionship. Cole is uncomfortable in The Building. He feels it makes a heme weak and less prepared to deal with the harsh realities of the world. He desperately wants to get back to his traveling routine.Johnny has a mission for Cole. One that is suited to his lifestyle. It seems that one of Cole’s long-time friends has had an accident and created another heme. A young eighteen-year-old named Gordon. Gordon needs to learn the ways of a heme in order to survive and to keep The Colony safe by preventing people from finding out about them due to reckless behavior. Cole accepts the challenge and hits the road after only staying at The Building one day.Together with Sandor, the heme that created Gordon, Cole prepares to become a teacher. Gordon must learn the proper place and way to feed, how to protect himself during the day, and the importance of cutting his ties with his old life. The journey leads to great revelations for both the teacher and the student.NIGHT ROAD by A.M. Jenkins is a faced-paced book, even though it isn’t action packed. This is definately a story for those of you that enjoy character development. Cole is a character that you’ll want to see happy. You’ll want the story to continue after you finish the last page. ( )
  kperry | Oct 26, 2008 |
Cole and Sander, old hemovores (the word "vampire" has so many negative stereotypes associated with it) take Sander's "Accident", Gordon, on a road trip to teach him how to survive among the omnivores. Along the way Cole has to face past guilt from both his pioneer childhood and his one attempt to make a hemovore companion for himself. More of a road trip/coming of age/finding a male role model book than a vampire novel, it is still a good read. ( )
  HPPublicLibrary | Oct 13, 2008 |
A.M. Jenkins has created an interesting, contemporary take on the "vampire" legend. "Hemes" as they prefer to call themselves (short for hemophores, living solely off of blood) do not kill to slake their thirst, but merely feed off of unsuspecting humans. Feeding to the death is greatly discouraged in the heme community, because if hemes do so, the freshly killed human then becomes a hemovore. The art of just how to feed off of someone without their knowledge is one of the many survival skills that Cole must teach to Gordon, since Gordon is having a hard time adapting to his life after being accidentally created.

This book was engaging and explored some ethical questions that reach beyond the supernatural world. My only quibble was that much was unresolved at the end (perhaps leaving room for a sequel or two...). Although the book is 361 pages long, it was a very fast read. ( )
  kivarson | Jul 28, 2008 |
A decently good book. Not one of my favorites but a nice rainy day read. The book deals with the lives of a colony of hemophores (blood eaters) aka Vampires, but they don't like to be called that. One of the hemophores in the clan makes a mistake and creates a new heme. Because of this new heme the main character Cole must go and help teach it the ways of today's hemes. Cole then learns more about himself than he would ever have otherwise as they take a road trip across country teaching the young heme. A decent book and fun and fast to read. ( )
  willowwaw | Jun 25, 2008 |
Night Road by A.M. Jenkins was, overall, a very bland and uneventful book. Although Night Road was interesting and creative, it is not a book I will read again and again. The plot starts out slowly, and major events never seem to occur. The stray hemovore, Royal, is not introduced until the second half of the book, and even then he does not play a huge role even though he is the only villain in the entire book. Night Road reads more like a character study than a horror or adventure novel. I would recommend it, although not to someone who enjoys reading something action-packed and exciting. ( )
  ToucanSinger | May 20, 2008 |
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