Book: Demon Road (Demon Road 1) by Derek Landy
Release Date: 2015
Rating: 3,5 out of 5 stars
Full of Landy’s trademark wit, action and razor sharp dialogue, DEMON ROAD kicks off with a shocking opener and never lets up the pace in an epic road-trip across the supernatural landscape of America. Killer cars, vampires, undead serial killers: they’re all here. And the demons? Well, that’s where Amber comes in…Sixteen years old, smart and spirited, she’s just a normal American teenager until the lies are torn away and the demons reveal themselves.
Forced to go on the run, she hurtles from one threat to another, revealing a tapestry of terror woven into the very fabric of her life. Her only chance rests with her fellow travellers, who are not at all what they appear to be…
As soon as I saw this book in the store I was instantly reminded of Supernatural. A car, a road trip and demons. I was excited to read it. Unfortunately it has left me somewhat conflicted. While I still enjoyed it, I was also a bit disappointed.
The start to Demon Road felt somewhat stereotypical in following the thoughts of Amber. But from there it moves forward into a great story line. Having a story where you parents basically breed you to die is pretty different. I did think the middle dragged a bit. There were too many side story lines. The ending was strong, though maybe not surprising.
Amber is our main character who discovers she is a demon. She’s overweight but not once she turns into her demon form. I was a little iffy about that portion. It’s great that she’s overweight for diversity in body types in main characters, but then having the change like that with her demon form feels like it might go the typical way. But many in the next book this will be taken a better route.
As a character I couldn’t really connect with her throughout most of the book. Initially she kind of stays clueless, and doesn’t really pull through. But nearing the ending I felt she finally stepped up to the plate and did what she had to do. I feel like that is a great start to develop her more in the next book. What I did really enjoy about her character is that her demon has this dark side throughout the book and this didn’t change. While she might have gained a bit more control, that dark side didn’t go away.
Milo is an interesting character. For me the solid character that I was immediately drawn to. He had a mystery which was revealed in this book, but there is still a lot more to discover about him. Glenn was annoying and he was just there. I couldn’t warm up to his character. It almost felt like he was a bit pointless.