14 Synopsis: Padlocked doors. Strange light fixtures.
Mutant cockroaches.There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much.
At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s. Because every room in this old Los Angeles brownstone has a mystery or two. Mysteries that stretch back over a hundred years. Some of them are in plain sight. Some are behind locked doors. And all together these mysteries could mean the end of Nate and his friends. Or the end of everything…-Goodreads Synopsis
When it finally picked up steam, it was awesome! However, I’ll be honest, it took a while for it to hook me. I got it as an audiobook, and though I liked the narrator, the book just seemed a bit slow in the beginning, so I walked away from it for a while. (Sometimes I have the attention span of a gnat, especially when I have a pile of books waiting for me.) However, I kept reading lots of positive reviews, so I thought “Okay, I’ll give it another try.”
I am SO glad I did.
First, let me make the disclaimer of: I think I enjoyed this as an audiobook much more than I would have enjoyed it as a hard copy. I think the narrator (in the case: Ray Porter) brought the story to life.
14, once it really got going, was a book that kept me on my toes. I would expect one thing to happen, and something else would happen instead. I would think “Oh, that has to be a stopping point” only for the wave to start cresting even higher from there. (I do think he took a little too long on some of the scenes. They didn’t need quite as much description as he gave them (aka: space scene.) The author made great use of setting the surreal against the drudgery of life.
He managed to make all the characters unique, yet believable (there are a few stereotypes present but it was fairly easy for me to shrug off because I just flat-out enjoyed the dialogue and it made up for it). By the time the story was done, I was glad it was done, because he’d wrung every ounce of drama from me, but also thinking I knew I had to listen to it again soon.
I would highly recommend 14. Just keep in mind it starts off a bit….slow.