I just finished reading 14, from Peter Clines.
From the back jacket:
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…
14 has all of these things, and more. It’s a fun read. Very quick, even at 460-ish pages.
I can understand how Clines had trouble getting this book out there. It doesn’t really fit a lot of what agents and/or publishers might be looking for. But I’m glad it finally found a home and publisher, because it is definitely worth the read. I picked 14 up in a bookstore (Dolly’s) in Park City during this year’s Sundance Film Festival after the comparison to Lost caught my eye, and then I read the back jacket description.
Right in my wheelhouse.
I don’t want to discuss too much about what goes on in 14, because that takes away the fun of reading it and I wouldn’t want to deprive you of that.
Let me just warn you and say that 14 is probably one of those love-it/hate-it books, kind of like Lost was as a TV show. It’s got mysteries, conspiracies, cults, bugs, love, government (?) agencies, and even a nod to the greatest geek ever–whose name I won’t reveal because it will ruin it when you read it, if you don’t suss it out before then.
But trust me, it’s totally worth reading this really vague blog post if it gets you to read 14.
Have I gushed enough? Good.
I do have a couple of little nit-picks with it toward the end, but overall…
Pick it up. Now.