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Malaysian Insider review of The City

September 10, 2014

The City (Cover 2)The plot is typical Koontz. Jonah is somewhat similar to, say, Odd Thomas. Both are supernaturally gifted through unusual circumstances. But nothing dramatic. Both pay the price for their gifts and go through a solitary journey where only a few people are privy to their abilities. And both go through a life-changing loss. But at the end of the day, they are your average Joes…
But the genius here is Koontz’s understanding of ethnicity and the supernatural. Instead of taking the easy route of writing about a white American family, Koontz focuses on minorities. Jonah and his family are black, middle-class and educated. Then somewhere along the line, there is Mr Yoshioka, a Japanese American who is former Manzanar internee.

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