Thunder Road by Ted Dawe
Published: Dunedin : Longacre Press, 2003
Nineteen year old Trace is sick of small town life. He moves to Auckland and finds himself rooming with Devon who's cynical, charismatic and seems to know what he's playing at. Devon introduces Trace to burn-offs, big city style. Soon everything is smoking. When Trace falls for a girl even Devon says is out of his league, loyalties are stretched. The Devon hits on a scheme for hauling in cash. Soon enough he and Trace find out who really controls the strip. As the underworld closes in, it looks like their friendship is heading for burn-out.
Thunder Road is quite an interesting book and I must say that it isn't a book I would normally read but it is something different.
I wouldn't say that I loved any of the characters because I found them all to be alright. They weren't really highly memorable to me.
They did have an interesting lifestyle though, basically it just followed the life of a guy who got into the wrong crowd. He got in with drug dealers etc.
Then there was also the 'boy racers' which was an interesting topic. It's quite a common thing in New Zealand.
Overall, I personally would say that this book was quite interesting and an entertaining read but it wasn't really my kind of book. This book is more recommended for a male audience but there's no reason why girls can't enjoy it.