Review: Nightfall by Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski


Title: Nightfall
Author: Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski
Release Date/Publisher: September 22nd 2015 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Finished: July 28th 2015
Pages: 368-ARC Paperback-Given for review

Synopsis from Goodreads:

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.

What I Thought:

I was given an advanced review copy of this for free in exchange for an honest review.

I was excited by the description of this book so I made sure to request it. 14 years of day and 14 of night? That sounds kinds of cool. Having to leave the island before night falls, and getting left behind? That would be terrifying. What they find on the island? Yeah, you wouldn’t want to be there.

I love the atmosphere of having to survive in this book. They weren’t used to the dark night and were pretty much blind since they relied on the constant sun. They had no idea what was going on when they got left behind, or what was waiting in the forest. It had a little bit of a creep factor, but for me it also could have been a little scarier. If I was in that situation I would have been super scared, but as a reader I need to feel that chill a little more.

Each of our three characters had their own narrative during the book. I found Marin a little annoying at times, like she does stupid stuff instead of playing it safe. Then again the book does need fuel to get it going, but still. Kana was my favourite and probably the character with the most depth. I felt like the book tried to center around Marin more, but Kana seemed the most important to me.

I liked and enjoyed this book, but I didn’t give it a 4 because I didn’t love it. It could have used a little more but it’s still a good book!

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