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14 Paperback – July 15, 2014
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"A novel that should make Peter Clines a household name among not just horror fans, but fans of good stories, expertly told." --The Guilded Earlobe
"If you enjoy strong characterization and a whirlwind of genre-bending mysteries, you'll probably love the hell out of 14." --SFFaudio --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Padlocked doors. Strange light fixtures. Mutant cockroaches.
There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment.
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As a horror story. I am unsure as to the quality. It is decent enough. More along the "John Dies at the End" book of horror. Horrific stuff happens. The book doesn't really dwell on it or even really build up to it. There are some suspenseful moments or at least for me, but they pass quickly and aren't really the focus it seems. It has even less horror than John Dies at the End. I think the best way to describe the horror element would be that if I hadn't been told that the story is within the horror genre, then I wouldn't have realized it while reading. More of a mystery novel with horror elements.
As for the story, I think one thing I like the most about modern authors like Peter Clines is the focus on the characters. At least with the mystery novels I've read, the focus is on the mystery and the characters are simply cutouts for the story to happen to. What really made the story for me is that the mystery is the background and the focus is the characters. The mystery is there, but the novel really focuses on how the characters deal with the mystery and their actions and how they feel.
It is hard to describe the style of writing. It really seems Peter Clines is apathetic to the story. The story just seems to be something that exists in the background for the characters to react. I want to say this works better in 14, because it is more lighthearted in tone than his other series which seems bleak from the beginning. There is tension at a certain point and you don't really know what to expect at the ending.
One thing I will say is that enough parts were a surprise that I was entertained and I think part of the joy also was the realization of hints of possible conflict. Those who are familiar with horror tropes will likely be able to guess at certain things. Those who are familiar with mystery tropes are likely to predict some things as well.
I will say that horror works better when certain things are left hidden from the reader. There is another series that I think does this style of horror better. That isn't to say that it takes away from the story. If you liked John Dies at the End, then you'll probably be okay with the horror in this book.
I'm not really sure if spoilers would take away from the book or add to it. I think the mystery elements themselves are more interesting than the horror parts. If someone spoiled the mystery parts, then I would be most upset. Part of the fun with mystery is attempting to figure it out before the characters.
I am surprised that none of the other reviews that I have read have commented on the sequel-prequel nature of the two novels, since it is so clear. I have seen 14 described as a "Lost"-like story but I cannot see how that is true except on the most superficial of levels. 14 is a completely original and fascinating story. There are several twists (fewer if you have already read THE FOLD which is why I suggested reading 14 first) in this fast-paced novel. The writing is excellent and the ensemble cast of mostly 20- and 30-something Los Angelenos, plus an older guy in his late 50s is very well fleshed out. Our "hero", Nate, (although many of the other characters play very key roles), is sort of adrift in LA, working as an hourly temp for over a year at $9.25/hour when he gets a lead on an unbelievable inexpensive apartment in the Kavach building. It's almost too good to be true (you know what people say about thing that seem too good to be true) so he moves in. Nate meets neighbors and starts to notice some very odd things about the Kavach, in which each apartment is of different size and layout. Turns out that some of his new friends have noticed odds things as well and it is when this group decides to investigate that things become stranger and stranger. I read the whole thing in two sittings, as by the 25% mark, I found it almost impossible to put down.
This review is deliberately vague so as to not spoil anything for this excellent novel by an author, apparently previously known for a series of Zombie novels (not really my thing but I'm probably going to try them since both 14 and THE FOLD were so good). This one is straight up science fiction, sorta-kinda based on physics that also plays with some historical figures in interesting ways.
Book was action packed and certainly full of twists and drama, but ultimately empty and flavorless.