Fourteen-year-old Derek Stone lives in historic New Orleans with his father and brother Ronny. When a family outing turns into tragedy, Derek thinks his life can’t possibly get any worse… until the dead people start arriving in New Orleans.
I found this book at one of my local Little Free Libraries. The book cover got my attention, and when I read the description, I was intrigued immediately. I love children’s books and anything with paranormal elements.
What a clever, imaginative book this is. It’s full of action and suspense that I’m sure will keep youngsters reading along. I enjoyed the author’s conversational style of writing – it made Derek’s character relatable and likable.
One thing I’d note is that the book’s description states that it’s geared towards ages 8 – 12, but I thought that perhaps the beginning “tragedy” might be a tad too intense for some of the younger crowd. Just something to keep in mind. It reminded me a little of an edgier Goosebumps story.
And, as several reviewers mention, the ending of this book is, in fact, open-ended. I didn’t mind that at all, since I felt that this particular book, “City of the Dead” did a great job of laying down the groundwork for what was to come. The issues that Derek experienced at the beginning of the book were revealed and dealt with within this book, but like any other book series the main character has more obstacles to overcome in books 2, 3 and 4. Just as one other reviewer mentions, readers can go to the library and read the entire series free of charge.
This book is a great start to a series. I’d recommend it to both kids and adults!