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Night Road

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  1,108 Ratings  ·  143 Reviews
Accidents happen.

Jenkins Someone had lost control and killed without meaning to.

Cole may look like an average teen, but a century of nourishing himself on blood has taught him an extraordinary level of caution and control. He's a master of life on the road and he thinks he's prepared for anything. But not everyone is as careful as he is, and Cole is about to learn that eve
Paperback, 368 pages
Published January 19th 2010 by HarperTeen (first published May 20th 2008)
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Jun 17, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Do you love vampire stories? Do you like it when an author takes a unique approach to the vampire myths? Well, Printz Honor winner, A.M. Jenkins, has created a very unique story indeed. Cole, a hemovore, lives a life of solitude. He travels from town to town - never staying more than a week or two in any one place. He feeds just enough to keep the Thirst at bay.

Cole receives word that he is needed at The Building in New York City. The Building is an apartment building that was purchased by John
Christian - Knightingale Reviews
Stars: 3.5
Short summary of the story:
Cole appears to be your normal everyday eighteen-year-old boy, aside from the fact that he's a vampire. Well, his kind prefers the term hemovore, or "heme" for short. Cole once lived in a small Ohio settlement until he was accidently turned by Johnny, an ancient heme, that, in the present day, has been running a fully functional heme colony at a location known as the Building. Cole enjoys the road and stops by occasionally to catch up with old friends. His mo
Feb 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Plot: In the beginning, Cole traveled alone through the United States. He then got called back to the apartment where all of the "hemes" were. Johnny, the heme who created Cole, told him that he needs to assist in Gordon's training. From there Cole, Gordon, and Sandor traveled through some of the country to train Gordon in the way of the hemes. They had quite a few snags as they were traveling. A M Jenkins eventually ends the story back at the apartment where it started.

Personal opinion: This bo
Jun 15, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Here is a vampire story for real fans of the genre. The protagonists
of this very unusual book would say, "Don't call me a vampire!"
Instead they prefer the term hemovore and they work extremely hard at
not letting their nightly "feeds" even realize what has happened.
Cole, a perennial 18, has chosen to always be on the road, always
moving, never staying anywhere for long enough to form any kind of
attachment to an omni after a disastrous early experience when he fell
in love. Jenkins has given
Pinky Cat
Has no exciting plot . I didn't enjoy it much .
Aurora Becher
May 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Another version of the vampire story, but set as a buddy road-trip book, for the most part, and also as a "loner guy grappling with self-doubt" story. Not for those looking for something lighthearted. These vampires are "hemes" or "hemovores", while normal humans are "omnis" or "omnivores." It reminded me a little of Peeps, in that it gives a plausible scientific basis for vampirism, and is more about the "realities" of life as an undead person than the romance of such an existence. The main cha ...more
Jun 02, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: age-ya, vampires, 2009
This was an interesting take on vampires... or hemovores, as they prefer to be called. It was more a coming of age story than the typical vampire romance.

Cole keeps a strict control over his Thirst, traveling on the road, keeping himself carefully emotionless. But Johnny, the head of the Colony, has called him back to the Building, where Cole meets Gordon, a "mistake." Gordon is a new vampire and has no control, and Cole has to stop him from nearly killing one of the omnis (humans are called omn
Jan 25, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Vampier lovers, young adults, and teens
I was kind of disappointed. I thought there was going to be more to the story. To me, it felt like it just ended. I mean overall the story is amazing but I just didn't click with the ending.

I like how they didn't consider themselves "vampires." That alone brought my attention into the story and made me look at a novel like this in a different perspective. I love the terminology and the story behind to support the terms.

It was a good read. Easy and enjoyable. I could have finished it in one sitti
Nov 11, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I know, I know, another vampire book for young adults. But here lies good solid, captivating writing. These vampires resent the baggage of the images of vampires, preferring to be referred to as hemes (or hemovores), while regular humans are omnis (omnivores).

This feels like part of a series, as some of the secondary characters aren't fleshed out so well, but our narrator Cole is an interesting, conflicted character.

If you want a quick read,and an alternative view to the current vampire trend,
Jun 28, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another vampire novel for those who like them. This one was strangely unexciting. The author has a different take on vampires and their problems with life, love, and feeding. Gordon, 18, becomes a vampire by accident and Cole, who was young when he changed, is assigned to teach Gordon. The author obviously had fun thinking through all the problems and should deliver a more thrilling sequel.
Jul 27, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kind of reminds me a little of Charlie Huston -- i.e. hardboiled / noir vampires -- although here instead of NYC we have a road trip.
Danielle Nichole
May 30, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is the dullest, most boring book I have read in a very long time. There was NO excitement whatsoever. It was basically guys driving around to different hotels and the occasional boring conversation!! Do not recommend this book at all!!
Oct 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was very confusing in the beginning but once you read farther into the book it got a little less confusing. I would still have times were I was lost and didn’t know what was going on.
Nov 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I've read a lot of vampire books, but really never one that seemed plausible.
This one was.
Cole, Gordon, Johnny, even the never-seen Bess, all seemed like actual people. Not brooding or intense or even particularly NOTABLE (which is the point, Cole would say, they can't afford to be noticed), just people. Who happen to drink blood and sleep during the day and never die. Which is tricky, because the "omnis" - omnivores, that is, everyone who's not a blood drinker - can't know about the heme
Nov 02, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Night Road by A.M. Jenkins is the story about Cole and Sandor training a new heme, Gordon. A heme is a person that only feeds on blood of ordinary humans. The main character Cole starts to remember his memories from when he was still a human, and he discovers things that he never knew about himself while traveling with his new companions. Although this book is rich with detail and words, I would never want to recommend Night Road to anyone.
One reason why I didn't like the book is that I felt th
Jan 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars.

I really loved this book. The tagline on the front cover says “Don’t call them vampires.” Personally, I don’t think you could really even call this a vampire book. If you love the shiny vampires who teenage girls fall in love with or the nasty vampires that only want to rip your throat out, you probably won’t like this book. And if you need some sort of romance in your supernatural books, this one definitely won’t be for you.

I’d describe Night Road as more of a contemplative book about
Calvin Bukovitz
If you could live forever, true immortality, would you take it? While many claim that immortality would be the ultimate blessing, others say that immortality would be a curse. All your loved ones would grow up, wither, and slowly die as you watch the world turn from one generation to the next. This book deals with the hypothetical realities of having to move every decade to keep the non-aging aspect of your identity a secret, changing names constantly, and not being able to build lasting relatio ...more
Feb 17, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Don’t Call Them Vampires!

“Night Road” by A. M. Jenkins is not your typical vampire story. In fact, ‘Hemovores’ find the label ‘Vampire’ to be an insult. Vampires are depicted as cursed evil creatures viciously feeding on the blood of innocents, gleefully discarding the remains. Hemovores are humans with human feelings that subsist entirely on blood yet have the same problems as mythical vampires; they cannot go out into the sun and they can be killed if drained of blood. However, unlike Hollywoo
Nov 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cole has been called home to help. He is a heme or a hemovore, someone who feeds solely on the blood. While we would call people like that vampires, Cole and his companions would consider that and all the stereotypes that go along with it to be extremely insulting. They live to a high standard of rules in which they respect omnis, those like the rest of us humans who live off a variety of sources.

Cole has been asked to help train a new heme named Gordon, who is struggling with coming to terms wi
Feb 04, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cole is a hemovore.

A blood drinker, he must avoid the sunlight and feed off the blood of omnivores. Unable to die, they lead a meager existence, going from one meal to the next.

That changes for Cole when he is called back home. Home is really a safe house, a house where the hemovores can live and feed in relative safety. There, he finds Gordon. Newly created by Sandor, Gordon is young and unable to accept his condition, unable to accept the “disease” that runs through his veins.

Sandor and Johnny
Jun 10, 2014 rated it did not like it
Cole is a “heme,” a vampire, living in a Colony of other hemes in a world full of “omnis,” or regular human beings. They congregate in a nest called the Building, which is located in New York City, and while most of them may be over a hundred years old, they were turned as teenagers. Thus Jenkins plays on the recent fascination with vampires by turning vampires into teenagers and giving them the same struggles. Cole is called upon to mentor, if you will, a newly turned vampire named Gordon; in t ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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Cole isn't quite like most hemes--as in hemovore, one who devours blood. The soft life of those living in The Building in New York City, with willing omnis offering their blood in exchange for the high feeding gives them, makes him uneasy. But he's drawn from his solitary lifestyle when the leader of the hemes asks him for a favor. Cole's friend, Sandor, has accidentally created a new heme, and it's up to him and Cole to teach Gordon about the "disease"
Dec 17, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book seemed much better suited to a teen boy than a mom like me. So, teen boys, take notice, if you like reading books about supernatural beings, such as vampires (oh, I’m sorry, hemovores) you might like this.

Okay, who else had trouble with the whole hemovore/omnivore thing? Obviously, I could figure out what the difference was quickly based on dialogue in the book (even though it wasn’t addressed officially until far into things), but it irritated me that it wasn’t explained better much



5 out of 5

Cloe is a hemovore, or what we call vampires, but don’t call them that to their faces. When Cole gets to New York, he is asked to rain a newly created heme about the responsibilities of being a heme. He really doesn’t want to train Gordon the Accident, who is still attached to his human family, the ropes. And even more accidents can happen, no matter how much you plan.

I already read this book once,
Madigan McGillicuddy
Sep 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: road-trip
Three "hemovores" (don't call them vampires!) go on a road trip to teach the newest member of their ranks, young redneck Gordon, the finer points of how to survive. Johnny, the leader of the hemovores who runs a safe house for blood-drinkers in Manhattan insists that Cole, who is quite a loner, take on the project of helping Gordon. He's accompanied by the light-hearted Sandor. Cole is tightly controlled, but events unfold to help him come to terms with his own unfortunate mistakes made when he ...more
Dec 20, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen, vampires
Cole looks like he's eighteen, but he's been eighteen for over a hundred years. He's wise and wary and knows how to take care of himself. Which is why he's a perfect candidate to help tutor Gordon, a new heme. Gordon is actually eighteen, and he has not yet accepted the realities of his new existence. Cole knows that he has to make Gordon understand what it means to live as a heme--to live forever, never aging, subsisting off the blood of omnis--and he also knows that if he can't, then Gordon wi ...more
Scott Parsons
Nov 01, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Night Road by A.M. Jenkins.
So to start it off the main character of the book is cole. He is basically a vampire and just does what he is told and feeds off the living. Your best bet would not be to call any of them Vampires. But what he doesnt understand is how to not make it so suspicious. He lives a normal life except for his taste for fresh blood. Him and his friends go to bars and get women drunk and take them to dark alley ways and feed off of them. He learns from his mistakes and tries to
May 27, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
I really want to give this book four stars, but I don't think there was just enough rounding to get it there. Rounding meaning it had a cool story, the characters were also pretty cool, but I don't feel like it had enough emotion up into it, especially the first half of the book. Don't get me wrong I really like it, and I like the whole idea behind it, apparently though its inspired by a pioneer of some sort. But look - Cole is pretty much emotionless, when he finally feels those emotions again ...more
Aug 11, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: high school teens
Shelves: vampires
Half thriller, half existential philosophy, Night Road is a new way to look at an old legend. Cole is not happy when he’s asked to train a new heme (don’t call them vampires – they’re hemovores) to take blood without killing, who was accidentally created by his friend and fellow Colony-member Sandor. But he’s the best one for the job, so he and Sandor start out on a road trip with Gordon, who still doesn’t quite believe what’s happened to him. Cole believes in planning for every scenario, but li ...more
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