Monday, June 1, 2015

Nightlife: Hazardous Material

Nightlife: Hazardous Material
author: Matthew Quinn Martin
name: Wayne
average rating: 4.25
book published: 2015
rating: 4
read at: 2015/06/01
date added: 2015/06/01
'Nightlife: Hazardous Material' is a short novel from part of another series. It works fine as a standalone novel and isn't too bad.

Jarrod Foster is a struggling graphic artist. Meaning he is out of money and desperate to take any kind of job, including demolition of old buildings. On one job, he discovers a hidden treasure of old arcade games. But why are they hidden and boarded up in a wall, and why has someone written 'Die demon, die' near one called Polybius?

Jarrod ignores all the rules of horror and takes the weird video game home and puts it in his house. He thinks he can sell it and make money, but not before the game attempts to consume him by making him play the game and do dangerous stuff.

It all might tie in to events from years ago, and the articles and reports strewn between some chapters give glimpses of what has happened, and what might happen to Jarrod.

It's a creepy story that's not so much grotesque and surprising, as it is subtle and frightening. Jarrod seems to be aware of what is happening, and seems to be powerless to battle against it. A lot happens in a short page count, and I had fun looking up the game Polybius after I finished reading the book. Strange and creepy fun.

I received a review copy of this ebook from Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books, Pocket Star, and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this ebook.

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