I read Gap Year in Ghost Town by Michael Pryor two years ago and one of the comments I made was, and I quote, “Please, oh please, may there be a book 2!”. Well, clearly Michael agreed to my request and even decided to focus on an element I wish had been given more page time in the first book.
Author: Michael Pryor
Age Classification: Young Adult
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Release: July, 2019
Anton Marin and his ghost hunting buddies are back, but so are a LOT of ghosts.
Anton is now sporting a little facial hair (see cover) which he has grown to show some maturity. His friends, Bec and Rani, are settling into life together with their cat, and his dad is making every effort to embarrass Anton with his fashion choices. The challenge for all of them is trying to have a life when there is a ghost epidemic happening in Melbourne. The peaceful ghosts are not as peaceful, the nasty ghosts are a lot more nasty, and there are way more ghosts in large groups that are a challenge to deal with.
Then there is the (kind of scary) group that seems to be creating their own ghost army and just so happen to mistakenly return the mysteriously missing Aunt Tanja. Throw in a couple Scottish hunters and their dog and the ghost hunting in Graveyard Shift was always going to be crazy (in a good way).
As with the first book, I enjoyed the Melbourne locations and the way the writing felt like Anton telling me a story. I was not as captivated by this ghost hunting adventure, but there were several elements of the story I found interesting. Aunt Tanja is not what I (or Anton) was expecting though I liked the mystery added to the story.
Probably my favourite element of this book were the references to shows, books and games, as well as Trove which is the Australian library database. There are possibly more, but the ones I noticed are:
- Bananas in Pajamas
- Black books
- Lord of the Rings
- Blade runner
- Harry Potter
- Inside Out
- Peppa Pig
- Cards Against Humanity
My biggest issue is I NOW HAVE MORE QUESTIONS! Who is the actual bad guy? How do the ghost hunters stop all the ghosts attacking the living? What happens with Anton and that girl? Can we get a book three?
Star Rating: ☆☆☆☆
Although, for me, it was not quite as good as Gap Year, it was a pretty cool read and I liked that it explained a little more about what happened to Aunt Tanja.
What would you do if faced with angry ghosts?
Until next time bibliophiles!