In January 1986, fifteen-year-old boy-genius Nick Hayes discovers he’s dying. And it isn’t even the strangest thing to happen to him that week. Nick and his Dungeons & Dragons-playing friends are used to living in their imaginations. But when a new girl, Mia, joins the group and reality becomes weirder than the fantasy world they visit in their weekly games, none of them are prepared for what comes next. A strange—yet curiously familiar—man is following Nick, with abilities that just shouldn’t exist. And this man bears a cryptic message: Mia’s in grave danger, though she doesn’t know it yet. She needs Nick’s help—now. He finds himself in a race against time to unravel an impossible mystery and save the girl. And all that stands in his way is a probably terminal disease, a knife-wielding maniac and the laws of physics. Challenge accepted.
May 1, 2019  |  201 pages
(Read from May 31, 2019 to Jun 3, 2019)
Grade: A    (switch to numeric scale)
L/E Ratio: 50% Literature, 50% Entertainment
Writing Quality:
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Movie Potential:
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Sequel Potential:
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I'd compare this novel to Stranger Things in terms of the vibe and quality of story telling. It feels like you're immersed in the story. The characters are young and lively, and have distinct personalities. The plot is filled with a bit of mystery, sci-fi, D&D geekdom, and some romance. It's a book that would make a good movie that would eventually go onto become a classic. Give it a go, it's a short read and well worth it.  (+2 votes)