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An impossible to put down page turner
on November 5, 2010
The very first couple pages of this book state something like: this is the most disturbing and violent book you'll ever read. I was hooked from this page alone.
Spoilers ahead..........stop reading now if you don't want to know.......
This is story of 16year old Adam. He's a normal every day kid. Nothing special about him, nothing wrong with him, just a kid. Except that's not how his classmates and some of his teachers see him. They see a weakling, somebody to bully and push around. Somebody to torment and torture. And that's just what they did to Adam. Since middle school Adam has been a target. He has 2 friends who just don't seem to see how bad it for him. His mother never seemed to get a clue either. This rather upset me about the story. Every morning Adam hurls curse words at his mother and fights tooth and nail to not have to go to school. Never once, did she ask in this entire book, is everything ok, why do hate going to school soo much. To think, if she had just asked things for everyone could have been completely different.
Adam's only outlet for this torture he endured every day is his writing. He's a very talented horror writer. He dreams of one day being like Stephen King. But he's must start somewhere so he leaves one of his story's on a teacher's desk for review and proof reading. Hoping the teacher will help him get it published. However, the next day the teacher decides to read this in front of the class. The teacher is disgusted and so are Adam's classmates. It's not enough he's a target already, now they call him Satan worshipper. The tormenting only gets worse. The teacher gives him detention. Amazing how school doesn't encourage ALL the students to express themselves and be creative.
Adam will manage to land a girlfriend as well, but after a promise by the 13year old girl to not hurt him, she breaks up with him. Breaks his heart. During their relationship Adam was happy, he didn't fight with Mom, he went to school, the bully's didn't bother him. He trusted and cared for someone other than Mom, and she crushed him. Not very long after the breakup the has a breaking story. Adam's Mom who was on a flight to Texas for business meeting is gone. The plane crashed, there are no survivors. In a matter of minutes Adam's world has shattered. It's during this time he decides to pay everyone back who has hurt him. Now don't go thinking this is a shoot up the school kind of revenge. Adam is smarter than that. Using the underground slave tunnels connected to his house he snatches his victims. He has a list of 14. And he is inventive. On his third kill his father barges in. Adam is forced to remove him as well.
When his best friend Chris figures out what is going on and who the killer is, he vows to keep it secret if, and only if, Adam stops his revenge. Adam agrees to this. However, when 2 more bodies surface Chris assumes Adam is responsible. Breaking his promise, he calls the police.
After a showdown with the police, Adam, and a homemade bomb, a fifth victim is claimed. But after months of digging through the remains it's discovered, Adam was not in the explosion. He's gone. Chris knows where he went and is glad his unique friend, who he cares deeply about, is still around.
But the question is will Adam ever continue with his list.....
This was excellent. The first 30% of the book is just Adam's daily life. The torment he's put through, the bliss of his girlfriend, and the torture. Once he snaps the pages really start flying by. You can't put it down, especially not with the opening page statement. I found myself cheering for Adam and during his dark times wishing I could grab the bullies and throttle them. I was very thrilled with the ending and his escape, it just seemed appropriate.