Mania

Mania

by J. R. Johansson

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ISBN-13: 9780738744315
Publisher: North Star Editions
Publication date: 07/08/2015
Series: Night Walkers Series , #3
Pages: 408
Sales rank: 685,693
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 12 - 18 Years

About the Author

J. R. Johansson (Orem, UT) holds a BS in public relations and is active in the writing community, teaching classes and workshops. Insomnia is her debut novel. Visit her online at JennJohansson.com.

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Mania 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
YALove More than 1 year ago
Insert tears of joy here! I absolutely loved this book! It was so hard to think that the Insomnia series was over after Paranoia, so this final book from Jack's perspective was perfect. When Jack entered the series it so exciting, and he brought all new questions, so it is was such an adventure getting into his character. With some books where they cover the same events from multiple perspectives it can become boring and redundant, have no fear! Johansson is a brilliant author and this exciting adventure plays out with new information that still makes it a thrill ride from beginning to end.
Elenium More than 1 year ago
A jumble of thoughts and emotions are racing through my head as I sit, staring at the cursor, trying to find just the right words for this review. The final book in the Night Walkers trilogy is gripping, exciting, and a fitting conclusion to an amazing series. We see Parker, Jack, Finn, and Addie grow and develop even more, building on their relationships with each other as they try to find a way to end a devastating war. One of my favorite aspects of this book is the switching between viewpoints, Parker's and Jack's. I loved being able to see how they each viewed the situation, see what was driving them, to understand the different pain each of them felt over their shared loss. Get ready to read this book all in one sitting. It pulls you in (and dare I say, takes you over) just as surely as a Taker would.
kirstyviz More than 1 year ago
In Mania, more than any of the previous two books, J R Johansson takes her characters on a journey. This is not only a physical one, as they follow the clues and find the ingredients to Daniel’s formula, but also an emotional one. This is particularly true for Jack whose detached mask slips away and he allows himself to finally grieve for the people he has lost, as well as realising that he is capable of love – both familial and romantic. this change in Jack means that he becomes a far more interesting character because J R Johansson allows us to see beyond his intelligence, talent and logic. For the majority of the book parker and Jack are physically separate; J R Johansson connecting us to them both via their alternate narratives. Parker is in a situation in which he tested, in body and spirit. His endurance surprises us and we finally appreciate the effect the brothers have had upon each other. he trials of Parker and Jack are far from ideal, but these are characters we know well and that gives us hope. However, this does not mean that at times we aren’t on the edge of our seats as J R Johansson builds the suspense to an almost unbearable level. As Mania is really about the development of the two protagonists, Addie and Mia barely appear, whilst Finn supports Jack on his search. I think some of his humour is lost, but this is appropriate to the tone of the story. Chloe is very much a character who steps up here and she is pivotal – not only to the running themes of trust and friendship – but to the difference in Jack. Although I am disappointed that the Night Walkers series has come to an end, Mania is the perfect conclusion and I am happy to say that despite there being a gap of a year between each book, J R Johansson has absorbed me completely into this world. I received this as a complimentary copy, in exchange for an honest review.
krlga More than 1 year ago
Jack has been trying to figure out the missing ingredients for his father’s drug to fix the Takers, but so far he has been unsuccessful. Meanwhile, Parker feels frustrated because he wants to know more about Jack and his father, but Jack refuses to talk with him or let him help with the formula. When Jack and Parker receive a message from their dad, they team up to try and save their people from the war that will destroy everyone. I know I am a fan of this series but I forgot just how much I love the books until I am reading one. I stumbled across the first book a year or so ago one day while browsing through my favorite book social media outlets and decided to give it a whirl. I have never been so happy as to have given a book a shot as I was by reading that. I had to wait forever (or what seemed like forever because I was so anxious) for book 2 to be released, but if possible, it was even better than the second book. I had the opportunity to meet the author and geek out on her at SLC comic con, and she was just as nice as I had hoped she would be, which is always reassuring since I couldn't imagine somebody mean writing one of my favorite series. I was so excited to get my hands on the third and final book of the series, but at the same time sad because it is the end and concerned that my expectations were too high. Rest your minds at ease, because this book did not disappoint. Just a little background for those that forgot: Parker is a Walker, which means he will enter the dreams of the last person he makes eye contact with before he sleeps. But he can’t actually rest when he sleeps without the help of a Builder, a person who can create a world that allows the Walkers to actually get rest so they don’t go crazy. Together Walkers and Builders fight a war against the Takers, who are super freaking scary because they can possess the body of the person they last make eye contact with. Takers die early and use other’s bodies as a way to keep them self alive, even when it is against the person’s will to be taken. I have never hid my love of Parker, I think he is perfect regardless of the fact he is a fictional 17 year old boy. What, a girl can dream. Well, now he has competition in the form of his older brother Jack. Jack has mad skills with science, weapons, survival and general badassness. If the zombie apocalypse happens, I would gladly take him on my team. Ok, who am I kidding; I want him on my team regardless of the end of the world. I absolutely love these guys, and having the narration told in alternating points of view between them was the perfect balance in the book. Parker has come so far from the boy on the verge of death and despair in the first book, to the boy who split his personalities in the second book, to finally accepting who he is as a whole. Sure he had anger and frustration here, but he seemed so much more grounded and rational (amazing what accepting your anger and having a Builder of your own can do for a guy). I would kind of like to wrap Parker in bubble wrap because, GEEZ!, the boy has it hard. Even in face of danger (ie murder and or torture) and tough choices, Parker keeps his head and his positive outlook on life which is probably my favorite thing about him period. I enjoyed seeing the bond between the brothers firmly cement and I could not be happier with the two of them as a team. Overall awesome series and this was a strong heartfelt conclusion.
Kathy Lipscomb More than 1 year ago
Mania is the third and final book in The Night Walker series, and it does NOT disappoint. All the characters I love are there, and somehow Jenn writes in more characters that I grew to love. That’s hard to do with such a large cast. This book is more intense than even the first two with so much at stake for not only Parker and Jack, but for the Night Walkers as a whole. I have a newborn and a toddler, but I found myself reading every minute I could find. The twists propelled me to the next pages, making me ignore the fact that my two year old son had probably been playing my 3DS for too long that day…So, there’s one warning about this book, about this series as a whole: If you start to read it, you’ll want to clear your schedule for a couple of days, because you won’t want to put it down.
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Mania by J.R. Johansson Book Three of the Night Walkers trilogy Publisher: Flux Publication Date: July 8, 2015 Rating: 4 stars Source: eARC from NetGalley Summary (from Goodreads): Jack and his half-brother Parker have no time to mourn the loss of their father, Daniel Chipp. With an attack by the body-stealing Takers imminent, the pair must put aside their grief and track down the ingredients of Daniel's formula--one that will rein in the power-hungry Takers--to keep their family and friends out of danger. Their only hope lies in a puzzle their father left behind, a riddle where each brother unknowingly possesses a piece of the solution. The puzzle sets them on a deadly path, spiraling between reality and the world of dreams where nothing and no one can be trusted entirely. And when Parker finds himself deep in the fray between the Takers and the other Night Walkers, it's up to Jack to complete the formula and save his brother's life. What I Liked: THIS SERIES. I've always said, this series is way out of my comfort zone. Insomnia was/is not a book I'd usually pick up, but back in 2013, I thought I'd give it a shot. I'm not into horror (though this isn't really a horror series?), or creepy dark books like this series promised to be. Insomnia blew me away! It was one of my favorite books of 2013. Paranoia didn't impress me very much, but I soldiered on and picked up Mania a few months ago. I'm very pleased with how this series wraps up! In this final novel (I think it's the final novel?), Parker and Jack must work together to figure out how to create a chemical drug that their father had been working on for years. This formula will help Takers by reining in their power - thereby helping Waters, Builders, and your average humans be more safe from the Takers who mean harm. But the stakes get even higher when Parker is captured and tortured - Jack and the crew must find and put together the formula, before Parker ends up dead. This book is split between Parker and Jack - meaning, we get both of their first person points-of-view. Jack is the older half-brother, though not by much. He definitely sees Parker as his little brother, whom he needs to protect. But Jack trusts Parker, the only person he really trusts since Danny died. I've always liked Parker, so to be honest, I kind of missed having only his point-of-view! But Jack's point-of-view was interesting and illuminating. Johansson totally split the perspectives telling this book on purpose because, as we see from the summary, Parker and Jack get separated. So it was good to have both perspectives, both stories, especially when the boys were separated. I liked Parker and Jack. Parker is more likable, but Jack is more intriguing. Finn remains one of my favorite characters - he and I would totally get along and be best friends in real life. I want his t-shirt collection! Addie and Mia don't have much of a presence in this book. Chloe, a Taker, does have a huge presence. Jack struggles to trust Chloe, but it soon becomes clear that she isn't communicating with the Takers, and she wants to help Jack with the drug for Takers. Read the rest of my review on The Eater of Books! blog - eaterofbooks dot blogspot dot com :)
JenniElyse More than 1 year ago
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. UBI’ve been really excited to read Mania because I’ve wanted to know how this trilogy ends. I wasn’t disappointed in the least. It was definitely a wild ride. Even though we learned about the different types of Night Walkers in Paranoia, we learned more about their society and what life is like for them. The politics involved were very intriguing. In Mania, not only are we in Parker’s head, but we get the addition of being in Jack’s head too. I really loved getting to know him better and learn what his motivations were. It was easy to tell the two apart because they both think so differently. And, they both added a lot to the story. It gave it a new dimension that I wished was there during Insomnia and Paranoia too, but, of course, I understand why that couldn’t be the case. Even though Parker and Addie solidified their relationship in Paranoia, the romance and the sexual tension was just as awesome in this book. Surprisingly, though, it wasn’t from Parker and Addie. It was from Jack and someone, and it was fun to be a part of it. I expected a lot of the things that happened in the story. But there were a few things that I didn’t expect and I was quite surprised about. I thought Mania was a fantastic ending to a great series.
Lisa_Loves_Literature More than 1 year ago
Another great story.  I like both viewpoints, really helped to see just what was going on, as well as getting a look inside some of the characters you might not otherwise have had time to learn about.  And it was so great getting back to Finn.  I love Finn.  His funny t-shirts, all of it.  So it was really fun to have him back.  There is lots of danger in this.  Times we don't know for sure if someone has betrayed the group.  Or if someone else might be able to help even though they are on the wrong side.  I liked all the different/new ways they were able to do things in dreams, and even finding more about what started all of the different things they're dealing with.  The ending was pretty set, although I can see that maybe, some day, there could be another book, and I would not be opposed to that!  A great finish to a favorite series of mine. Read the full review on my blog Lisa Loves Literature!