Title: Thirteen | Author: Tom Hoyle | Macmillan Children’s Books | Thirteen #1 | 4 Stars | Source: Bought | 336 Pages | Young Adult | Mystery/Thriller Release Date: February 13th 2014
Born at midnight in London, on the stroke of the new millennium, Adam is the target of a cult that believes boys born on this date must die before the end of their thirteenth year. Twelve boys have been killed so far. Coron, the crazy cult leader, will stop at nothing to bring in his new kingdom. And now he is planning a bombing spectacular across London to celebrate the sacrifice of his final victim: Adam
Thirteen follows the story of Adam Grant. He is 13 years old and little does he know the he is being followed and every single one of his moves is being tracked. He is being tracked by a cult known as “The People” led by Coron who firmly believes that he must sacrificed in order for a new world to begin.
I thoroughly enjoyed this read. It is nothing like I have ever read before. The concept of cults is something that I usually laugh at but “The People” is genuinely frightening and I loved all of our characters. Even the villains. The novel is written from two points of view starting off with Coron, the leader of “The People”. We then get to meet out main character.
Our main character comes in the form of Adam Grant. I loved him from the beginning. His first chapter consists of him punching the resident bully in the face because he was picking on one of his best friends. You also feel sorry for him because of his situation. He was abandoned by his mother and had to be adopted in to his new family.
Even though there is no way you could empathize with him, I really did enjoy Coron’s role and presence in the novel. He is a brilliant villain in a sense the he is twisted in the purest form. He is absolutely vile, his soul is black and there is no chance of redemption. He is the villain through and through. There is no reasoning with him and his thought processes are so distorted. I love seeing characters like this. In my line of reading they are few and far between.
The novel is split in to four parts. In some cases it was because there was a period of time from one chapter to the next. Other were because they provided a turning point in the novel. As I said before the novel is written from two points of view – Coron and Adam’s – most of the time I enjoyed Adam’s part the most but I was glad to the insight of both parties. It also included chapters from the kills running up to number 13. They were brutal and fabulous. The plot had good pacing and the purpose of the characters missions were clear.
My only problem with this novel is that I would have liked to have seen more about “The People”. I am not going in to spoilers but we do get some info about them and how they function. I would have liked to have seen more development around Coron, as well.
Overall this was a brilliant read. We have a strong main character and excellent back up. We have an old school evil villain and a plot where time is about to run out for all of them and danger is around the next corner. I would recommend this to anyone who wants something different and strong male lead.
Goodreads Average: 3.66/5 (out of 53 ratings)
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I had difficulty tagging this. It is young adult but our main character is at the younger side of that at 13 years old. If the main characters in this novel were 16/17 years old, the events still would have been plausible. Thirteen is also quite violent in some places. But again it is no more violent than the average video game or horror/action movie that 13 year olds play nowadays, even what video games I played when I was around that age.
I don’t know what this is marketed as, but I assume that it is aimed at the whole YA spectrum, young and old. I think this is written by someone who has given credit to the younger side of his audience. I think there is a double standard with books and violence nowadays and thankfully it seems like this novel does not adhere to this.
sequels: at the end of the novel it says he is working on a sequel. The novel did not end on a cliffhanger as such but there was a “to be continued” which I am always a fan.
Finally, just a comment on the cover art. I absolutely love it. It also has some stunning art around the spine and edges, some of you may have seen it on my instagram!
12 thoughts on “Review: Thirteen by Tom Hoyle”
I had never heard of this book until I saw your post just now! The artwork on the spine and edges really caught my attention. I’m such a sucker for little details, and I love that! The cult seems frightening and strange. I’ll have to look for this one!
Kristen @ Pretty Little Pages
I am not gonna lie, I picked it up based on the cover alone. As I was giving it to the cashier, I saw all of the detail ;D
I am glad I picked it up in the end! 🙂
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Great review!!! I’ve seen this on a few blogs and it sounds really good. Love the writing on the edges, so cool 😉
Thanks my dear! I love little details like that!
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Love the look of this one! I just saw it in the shop yesterday, had no idea it had yellow sides before ;D Looks awesome, I want to read it as well.
I am glad you enjoyed it!
I didn’t until I got it on the till. I was like LOOK AT THIS, SO PRETTY!!!!! The person who was serving was not amused.
It is really good and would recommend! thanks for stopping by, Ula! 🙂 xxx
This looks awesome! I’m not a huge fan of the cover, but the blurb is enough to convince me to add this to my TBR list. Great review!
The reason I picked it up was because of the cover :3. The only thing is that there is no blurb on the back!
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I really want to read this, it sounds really interesting!
It is so good!
I can’t wait for the sequel! 🙂
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I’m so glad you enjoyed the read! I actually saw this book on your Instagram and decided to check it out although I probably won’t have the time to read it it still looks interesting 🙂 Lovely review hon.
It is really good! It is so refreshing to read something that doesn’t consist of love triangles or soppy books! 🙂
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