The City by Dean Koontz
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
The following are just a few sentences from the first chapter of "The City," by Dean Koontz
"...I loved the city...", "The streets weren't paved with gold...", "Not all the young singers or actors, or authors, became stars..."
This is not your typical Koontz, but this novel contains a burst of style, imagination, and the human spirit. Can a City be a woman?, Will a town have an embodiment? The answer is yes.
Although the beginning of this wonderful read was a little slower going for me, once I really "got into the vehicle" of the story, there was no stopping until the end.
This is a tale of a city in Michigan, told from the point of view of a grown man, with a name longer than his arm. Jonah, an old eight year old prodigy, who grew up under the tutelage of loving grandparents who were always there, a dedicated mother, good friends, and wisdom of a "City" personified. His father was mostly absent.
I love how the writer was able to see these things, move back through time, and put this fantasy to ink; it may only be fiction, but probably not.
There are good and evil people we love, hate, and merely share space with, but if a person has lived long enough, one is aware that not everything can be explained.
Greedy, evil people are out there, and their heinous acts separate them from humanity, and then you have those good humans, who just do the best they can. Those with a special spark, often have that uniqueness squashed; the children cry, "why?," and observers try not to fathom what has occurred.
In my opinion, this story is well worth reading, but don't expect the same type of story. It is not lessened by the evolution of the writer; Dean Koontz.
A special thanks to Bantam Books and NetGalley for the ARC e-book. I will treasure this for a long time to come.
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