Published by Harper Perennial on October 20 2015
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If you are a fan of the Night Vale podcast, you are probably on board for this book. If you new to Night Vale this book may take a bit of explaining.
Night Vale is a sleepy town in the American South West where everything is a bit off. People disappear into other dimensions with regularity, angels named Erica live on the outskirts of town and there is a faceless old woman that lives in people’s homes.
Imagine you are listening to a community radio program where gregarious gent fills you in on all the town’s strange happenings – then you have the Welcome to Night Vale podcast. This book, especially if you are listening to the audio version, is like like listening to an extended version of podcast.
It is dark, funny, confusing and a delightful romp. Everything expected it to be.
All Hail the Glow Cloud.
Nineteen-year-old Night Vale pawn shop owner Jackie Fierro is given a paper marked “KING CITY” by a mysterious man in a tan jacket holding a deer skin suitcase. Everything about him and his paper unsettles her, especially the fact that she can’t seem to get the paper to leave her hand, and that no one who meets this man can remember anything about him. Jackie is determined to uncover the mystery of King City and the man in the tan jacket before she herself unravels.
Night Vale PTA treasurer Diane Crayton’s son, Josh, is moody and also a shape shifter. And lately Diane’s started to see her son’s father everywhere she goes, looking the same as the day he left years earlier, when they were both teenagers. Josh, looking different every time Diane sees him, shows a stronger and stronger interest in his estranged father, leading to a disaster Diane can see coming, even as she is helpless to prevent it.
Diane’s search to reconnect with her son and Jackie’s search for her former routine life collide as they find themselves coming back to two words: “KING CITY”. It is King City that holds the key to both of their mysteries, and their futures…if they can ever find it.