Original Title: The Gateway Through Which They Came
Year Published: 2014
Published by: Curiosity Quills Press (an arc was kindly provided via NetGalley)
Number of Pages: 218
First Sentence: “Not five minutes after busting my gut on the track, I spot a dead kid standing next to my car.“
Goodreads Rating: 5/5
To seventeen-year-old Aiden Ortiz, letting the dead walk through his body to reach the other side comes with the territory. Being a Gateway isn’t an easy job, but someone’s gotta send Bleeders where they belong. Heaven. Salvation. Call it whatever you want. Dead is dead. But when his search for Koren Banks––the girl who went mysteriously missing seven months ago––leaves him with more questions than answers, he finds himself involved in something far more sinister and beyond his control.
With the threat of the Dark Priest’s resurrection, and his plan to summon his demon brothers from hell, Aiden is left to discover his identity before the Dark Priest’s curse infecting his blood consumes him, and before the world as he knows it succumbs to the darkness of hell on earth.
This was such a good book. I absolutely loved it and read it at lightning speed. So much fun and so interesting. The whole idea of Gateways was amazing and well thought out.
Aiden is a great protagonist and a really interesting character. He is a little bit too stubborn at times but overall a really caring and thoughtful guy. It’s gotta be a hard struggle combining being a gateway for the dead and a kid in high school. Actually, just being a kid in school is hard. Aiden manages to handle it somehow, although the secrecy sometimes leads to miscommunication and tension between him and his friends.
Aiden’s two friends Trevor and Evan, are absolutely hilarious and perfect background characters. They sort of provided the comic relief, although they definitely were involved in the serious moments as well. I loved how they were so loyal to Aiden, despite having some bumpy moments.
The plot was great and really captivating. I had such a hard time putting this book down. Nothing felt unnecessary and there was no part that felt boring or slow. Absolutely perfect!
Do I recommend it?
Yes, I do. Short but really good.