Thursday, January 14, 2016

Nightfall by Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski

  • ISBN-10: 0399175806
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399175800


On Marin’s island, sunrise doesn’t come every twenty-four hours—it comes every twenty-eight years. Now the sun is just a sliver of light on the horizon. The weather is turning cold and the shadows are growing long.

Because sunset triggers the tide to roll out hundreds of miles, the islanders are frantically preparing to sail south, where they will wait out the long Night.

Marin and her twin brother, Kana, help their anxious parents ready the house for departure. Locks must be taken off doors. Furniture must be arranged. Tables must be set. The rituals are puzzling—bizarre, even—but none of the adults in town will discuss why it has to be done this way.

Just as the ships are about to sail, a teenage boy goes missing—the twins’ friend Line. Marin and  Kana are the only ones who know the truth about where Line’s gone, and the only way to rescue him is by doing it themselves. But Night is falling. Their island is changing.

And it may already be too late.

I decided in 2016 to once in awhile step out of my preferred genre readings and explore those genres that I usually tend to overlook when choosing books, ie thriller, horror, mystery, suspense.
Nightfall by Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski  being from the thriller/ horror genre for middle grades/ young  adult was my first foray outside my comfort zone for this year. 

I found Nightfall to definitely be a thriller, suspense novel and slightly horror  but I expect the "slightly" part is due to my age. Younger readers in the middle ages would probably find this a bit more horrifying. Just to clear the air - "slightly horrifying" was absolutely okay with me! :) 

Some of the story's twists I could see coming but others completely blindsided me. The thriller/horror scenes were set in the background of a very engaging and interesting storyline. As the intensity and suspense of the story grew, I couldn't put this book down! 

Nightfall ended on a note where the series could continue. I sure hope so!!!

4.5 Stars!

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