Year Published: 2000
This has been on my shelf for years, and wasn't what I had expected. I thought it would be a sci-fi/fantasy novel, but it fits more in with Stephen King or Dean Koontz. A furturistically dangerous NYC is destroyed by a series of inexplicable disasters--earthquakes, fires, floods--and the hordes of forgotten street people are somehow changed into monsters, bent upon revenge. The rest of the book reminded me heavily of King's The Stand--where everyday people are forced into an epic battle of good versus evil--except that the outcome hinges solely upon the mind of a young, parentless homeless kid.
Although somewhat choppy, and resounding with influences, this was an exciting and thought-provoking read. Its message of the importance of unconditional love is timely and useful in this day and age.
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