Rat City

The Rat Chronicles Book 1

Young Adult - Horror
150 Pages
Reviewed on 05/07/2017
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Reviewed by Dinah Roseberry for Readers' Favorite

One great thing about young adult novels these days is that they are for everyone. Ree Kimberley’s Rat City (The Rat City Chronicles Book 1) is no exception. This book will keep you turning the pages as you become immersed in the landscape of teen-hood and slightly uncomfortable tinges of science fiction (the believable kind that makes one gulp). In this story, Shannon struggles with normal teenage issues, including being somewhat of an outcast to his peers. Still, a good character trait slips through when he reluctantly takes up for underdog Felix (not actually realizing that he was about to fall knee deep into…well, something not so nice) and becomes drawn to that underdog’s sister, Ally. Here was a family that was so strange that he should have run off screaming before things headed down a wrong path. Too late, of course; he was hooked. The scariest character in Rat City is Killian who has an…affinity…for rats and genetic engineering. And, naturally, that affinity extends to the three teens—well “affinity” for the kids might not be the right word, more like “obsession.” But why? And what do drugs have to do with all this?

Is this a horror story? Yes. Mainstream? Yes. Suspense ? To be sure. There’s even a light romance going on here that will have you rooting for the hero. In Rat City, Ree Kimberley has a perfect finger on the pulse of teens and their internal dialogs as well as their reactions to the world around them—despite its weirdness in this treatment. All the characters are endearing—well, not Killian; no one will like him, but isn’t that what it’s all about? A satisfying ending made me not only happy, but expectant for the next book about Kimberley’s characters fighting yet another day. This could easily be a TV series! I loved it!

Dee White

Everyone thinks Shannon was responsible for his best friend’s death, including Shannon.
Now he’s not letting anyone get close to him.
That’s until he meets the gorgeous Ally. But she has problems of her own.
Ally’s twin brother, Felix is sick and getting sicker and nobody seems to know why.
Ally’s sure that it has something to do with her crazy scientist Uncle Killian who not only has a fixation for rats, he’s also supplying drugs to thrill seeking youths, including Felix.
Will Shannon and Ally find out the truth in time to save Felix and what will this mean for their relationship.
Rat City is a compelling read from start to finish. The stakes are high and the book is a page turning mix of science and adventure.
The reader will empathise with Ally and Shannon right from the start. The more you read, the more you care about these characters.
I got to the end of Rat City and wanted more. So I was pleased to discover that Book 2, Rise of the Rat Generation is due for release in 2017.

Daan Spijer

Teens and adults inhabit different realities, ‘created’ from within — they see the world differently and react to it accordingly. These worlds often don’t meet, which makes it hard for adults to understand their teen children and vice versa. When these worlds intersect, there is some possibility of communication but that possibility is often hindered by walls of expectations and preconceptions. The adults have a longer lifetime of experience than the teens and use this to make themselves right. Sometimes it takes an ‘outside’ adult to help parents understand that what their teen child is telling them s/he is experiencing is a valid take on the world.

In Rat City, Ree Kimberley explores all of this in a refreshing way. While so many YA novels create a post-apocalyptic world and have the teen protagonists on a quest to save that world — or at least the potential decency in it — this novel has the teens inhabit a world we can all recognise: the here and now. And the teens behave much the way we would expect them to. Many of the adults, however … But the adult behaviour is being viewed through teen eyes, so it rings true.

Cameron Trost

Being well into my thirties, I don't read a lot of YA fiction, but Rat City just goes to show that a great story can be enjoyed by anybody. Ree has captured high school life in Australia to a tee and used it as the backdrop for a gripping tale that throws adventure, mystery, science-fiction, and horror into the port (school bag for the uninitiated), leaves them to fester for a while, then invites you to peep inside. If you're into weird science, and not put off by puberty and rodents, give Rat City a read.