Night Speed by Chris HowardNight Speed by Chris Howard

Night Speed

byChris Howard

Hardcover | December 1, 2018

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An addictive new drug fuels superhuman strength and speed in this action-packed sci-fi thriller that will have fans of Scott Westerfeld and Marie Lu on the edge of their seats.

Only those young enough can survive tetra, a dangerous drug that creates a pulse-pounding rush of enormous strength and incredible speed. Seventeen-year-old Alana West has been trained to use tetra so she can pursue the young criminals who abuse its power—criminals like the one who nearly killed her kid brother.

On tetra, Alana is unstoppable—an explosive blur as she surges through New York City. But with the clock ticking down to her eighteenth birthday, Alana will soon be too old for the rush . . . when just one more dose will prove deadly.

Supported only by her steady handler, Tucker, Alana goes undercover, infiltrating an elite gang of breaknecks to stop their supply of the drug. But when Alana gets trapped on the wrong side of the law, she learns the breaknecks are not quite what they seem—especially Ethan, the boy who seems to see the truth inside her. With her dependency on tetra increasing, Alana must decide where her loyalties lie, before the rush ends. Forever.

Title:Night SpeedFormat:HardcoverDimensions:416 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.29 inPublished:December 1, 2018Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062415344

ISBN - 13:9780062415349


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lots of Fun! Actual Rating: 3.5* While I definitely enjoyed this one, I'm a little disappointed by the ending. I thought there would be idk more? It felt like there was so much build up and not enough release. Also I thought the whole wishy-washy aspect of Alana and her decision at the end was kind of weird and stupid. However, I really liked the story itself. I think it was interesting to see how the drug use affected different people and both sides of taking the drug. I really liked the set up, the characters, the story line, literally everything but the ending. For such a high octane story, it feel a little flat to me. I was really into the story and was on the edge of my seat reading up until the last 60 or so pages. The decisions made at this time and some of the reveals felt a little awkward and out of place. The decision Alana makes -- and then unmakes five pages later -- felt like a reason to get all the characters in a certain spot rather than a decision I could fully see her making. And I wasn't a fan of how the love triangle was handled. I am okay with love triangles that feel natural and right but this one felt a little forced and then was neatly cleaned up at the end because of course there has to be an easy solution to who our main character falls in love with. Love is never messy. Overall I do recommend this one. It was high speed, fun, and looked at how drug use can affect people and the rush vs the affects it has on your body. I was really enjoying it but found the ending to be a bit of a let down.
Date published: 2016-07-17

Editorial Reviews

Action and darkness abound in Howard’s novel, set in a New York that is not so much futuristic as it is alternate reality, for there are many present-day cultural touchstones to ground readers. Fans of ‘90s Schwarzenegger/Willis/Stallone/Cruise movies will find themselves in familiar territory.