Demon Road by Derek Landy
Published by: HarperCollins
Note: I received this book from the publishers in exchange for an honest review.
I really appreciate this book in terms of it’s genre. I think if you’re looking for the perfect mix of Percy Jackson and the TV show ‘Supernatural’ then you’ll probably love this book! It’s pacy and a little gory, but if you’re up for that, then I would definitely give it a go. However, I don’t think Demon Road was my cup of tea. I like a lot of the elements individually, but putting them all together didn’t suit my tastes.
P L O T
Amber is the child of demons, who want to kill her when she turns sixteen as part of a ritual that means they gain power and live for longer. Of course, Amber had absolutely no idea, so it’s safe to see she’s freaking out and doesn’t want to die, so she makes a deal with the Shining Demon which launches her on a road trip with a middle aged guy with a lot of baggage and a twenty year old boy who possesses the mark of death. Doesn’t that sound like a wild ride?
C H A R A C T E R S
Amber likes to spend her time on online forum for her favourite fandoms, she’s a little overweight and unconfident. When she turns into the red-skinned beauty that is her demon form, she questions which version is really her and this dynamic was engaging, and I wish there had been more emphasis on Amber’s development over the mini quests. Still, she’s your classic MG/YA blend protagonist who makes a few poor decisions, is a little naive, but begins to learn how to adapt.
Milo is a lot older than Amber and their dynamic was interesting because they weren’t exactly friends, but at the same time Milo was in no way a father-figure. (Have no fear, there’s no awkward/inappropriate relationship between them, this isn’t that kind of book.) I have no complaints about diversity in Demon Road because mixing age groups is a pretty original idea. Milo has a lot of mystery, especially with his car…
Glen is the comic relief and the guy that bad stuff happens too. I didn’t really fin he was anything more than a plot device. He made Amber feel self-conscious about her non-demon body, so I’m not sure I liked him for that. But this kind of team, where everyone’s taking everything so seriously, needs a comic relief character like Glen – even though everyone had a part in making the dialogue lighter.
R O M A N C E
None! And it did absolutely nothing to take away from the plot! I wouldn’t have wanted anything to happen between Glen and Amber – maybe in the sequels, but I’m not convinced yet. It’s mostly just hard core action.
P A C I N G
Demon Road is incredibly fast paced. I compared it to Percy Jackson in the beginning, because it has the same quest feel that Rick Riordan creates, where the characters have to get to a certain place to find a certain person who will give them a certain bit of information. I suppose, in that way, it was pretty formulaic, but it’s the convention of the genre. The monster and villains got more intense each time and the mix of settings really help spice it up! If this genre is your thing, I think you’ll struggle to put it down.
V E R D I C T
Like I said in the beginning, Demon Road wasn’t really my thing, but there are still lots of things to like about it! From the cliffhanger, I think the series is going to continue in much the same vein. Overall, I gave Demon Road 2.5 stars. Just because I didn’t like it, doesn’t mean someone else won’t love it, although I have read some reviews that said the characters were pretty similar to those in Landy’s Skullduggery Pleasant series, which I haven’t read, so maybe that’s something to take into account before picking this series up…