The Dark Side of Nowhere
Author: Neal Shusterman
Published: August 14, 2012
Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 4 stars
Jason is having a bad day. The kind of day when you just don’t feel like yourself. Only for Jason, it’s not just a feeling. He really isn’t himself. Not anymore. Who is he? That’s the problem. Jason isn’t sure. And it’s not just him. Everyone in town is acting weird. His friends. His parents. Everyone. Billington is usually such a normal town. As Jason is about to discover, nothing will ever be normal again…
We love Shusterman here at Jessica’s Reading Room. He hooked us with Scythe and the more I’ve read, the more I love him! While most of his books come in series, he does have some standalones. This is one, and a short one at that. He seems to know exactly the right length for his books. The Toll was nice and big and I didn’t even care, this one is short and concise and I enjoyed it!
I’ll admit that the plot twist was a little obvious. However, I still liked it and the characters fit the story well. I was engaged and I couldn’t wait to see how the story concluded. I didn’t see any loose ends dangling and I was a little surprised that I liked the ending as much as I did.
Overall, I think this is a great book for teens who don’t normally like reading, but want to try it. I thought it was fun and interesting and Shusterman stays upon his high pedestal of excellence!!