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Review: Mania by J.R. Johansson

ManiaTitle: Mania

Author: JR Johansson

Genre: YA Thriller

Series: Night Walkers (Book #3)

Publication Date: July 8, 2015

Format: Paperback, 408 Pages

ISBN-10: 073874431X (Flux)

ISBN-13: 978-0738744315 (Flux)

Reviewed by: Bridget

Synopsis:

Jack and his half-brother Parker have no time to mourn the loss of their father, Daniel Chipp. With an attack by the body-stealing Takers imminent, the pair must put aside their grief and track down the ingredients of Daniel’s formula—one that will rein in the power-hungry Takers—to keep their family and friends out of danger.

Their only hope lies in a puzzle their father left behind, a riddle where each brother unknowingly possesses a piece of the solution. The puzzle sets them on a deadly path, spiraling between reality and the world of dreams where nothing and no one can be trusted entirely. And when Parker finds himself deep in the fray between the Takers and the other Night Walkers, it’s up to Jack to complete the formula and save his brother’s life.

Quick & Dirty: Wonderful ending to a very unique and entertaining series. I would highly recommend this to all YA Thriller fans!

Opening Sentence: Staring into the pit that had ripped away every answer I needed, I could still feel the Earth shake and the burning heat from the fire against my face.

Excerpt: No

The Review:

Jack and Parker are both Nightwalkers. They have the ability to enter into the dreams of the last person they came into eye contact with before going to sleep. In some ways their abilities can be amazing but they can also be hard on their health. While walking through others dreams their bodies don’t get any rest so eventually if they don’t sleep they will eventually die. The solution for them is to enter into the dreams of a Builder. Builders have the ability to make dreams for the nightwalkers which gives them the ability to truly rest their bodies. There is one other type of nightwalker and they are called Takers. Takers have the ability to take over the body of the last person they had eye contact with, but unfortunately Takers can’t dream so Builders can’t help them to sleep. So basically they live very short lives because your body can only survive for so long without sleep. The Takers are enemies to the other two types of nightwalkers and they have been at war with each other for quite some time now.

Jack and Parker are half brothers and their father was working on a cure to help the Takers sleep. Throughout the years he has created many different types of drugs to help and some of them have had very bad results. Their father died so that some of the solutions he created would be destroyed but it turns out that he finally found the cure. He left clues for his two sons to find so they can put together the formula and hopefully end the war. But before they have a chance to complete their quest Parker is kidnapped by the Takers, and Jack is only given a short amount of time to produce the solution or the takers will kill Parker. Both brothers will have to endure much, but if they can truly bring peace to their people it will all be worth it in the end!

From the very first time I met Parker in Insomnia I was instantly drawn to him. Throughout the series I really grew to love his character and my admiration for him just continued to grow through each book. He is such a great guy and he goes through a lot in this book. I respected that even when times got tough he never gave up and he stayed true to himself no matter what. I loved his sense of loyalty, it made him someone that you know you can rely on. I am sad that his story has come to an end but I am glad I got to read it.

One of my favorite things about Mania is that it alters between Jack and Parker’s POV’s. The two previous books were just told from Parker’s perspective, but I loved that we got to be inside of Jack’s head as well. Jack is a very complicated guy. He had an interesting childhood where his father taught him how to survive. He is very smart and good at almost everything, but he struggles with letting people in. He was raised not to trust anyone and he has a really hard time excepting help from others. I really enjoyed watching Jack grow as a character, he learns so much throughout his journey, and it made it easy to develop a strong connection with him. Out of the two boys I think that I actually liked Jack just a little bit better because he is one of those guys that is rough around the edges but a total teddy bear on the inside.

Mania is a fast paced thriller that is filled with loveable characters, cute romance, and an intriguing plot. It pretty much starts right where the last book ended and from the first page the action starts and it doesn’t stop until the very end. It has been a little while since I read the first two books in the series and it did take me a little bit to get back into the story. But once I was hooked it was pretty much impossible to put down. I love how original the idea was and combine that with Johansson’s amazing writing this entire series was very unique and enjoyable. I have grown to love all the characters in this series and I am really sad to see their stories come to an end, but Johansson did a wonderful job wrapping up everything nicely. All of my questions were answered and I felt very satisfied. Overall, this was a very entertaining story and I would highly recommend it to anyone that is looking for a fast paced thriller.

Notable Scene:

Another zipping noise sounded just before the next gunshot rand out. Pain burned through the left side of my head, I tripped and fell to the ground as everything around me slowed down. Visions of Addie laughing, my mom smiling at me across the kitchen counter, Finn goofing off in the back yard … they pelted me from all angles.

My life here and gone in an instant.

The gun fell from the officer’s fingers as he yelped out in pain. I just caught sight of a whirl of motion near the car before a crowd of rebels with guns surrounded all three men.

I couldn’t move. I couldn’t breathe. I couldn’t blink. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw Jack running toward me. I though I could hear him yelling my name.

Night Walker Series:

1. Insomnia

2. Paranoia

3. Mania

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FTC Advisory: Flux provided me with a copy of Mania.  No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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