Monday, 6 June 2016

Nightfall by Jake Halpern, and Peter Kujawinski

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Bonnier Publishing and NetGalley.
Blurb (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.

Nightfall by Jake Halpern

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Nightfall “This town is theirs – and they want it back.”

This was a YA dystopian story about a group of people who lived on an island.

Marin and Kana were okay characters, and they obviously felt deeply for their missing friend, but boy did it get them into a lot of trouble!

The storyline in this was about an island where night and day came every 14 years, and during the night-time years, everyone left and went to live somewhere else. Marin and Kana’s friend went missing, so they missed the boat whilst out looking for him, and ended up stranded on the island with night rapidly approaching, and the threat of whatever weird beings it was who lived on the island when the daytime people left. The storyline in this was quite slow though, and it seemed to take a long while for things to really get going. The second half of the book was a bit more interesting though once the characters began to feel threatened.

The ending to this wasn’t brilliant for me, as I wanted more resolution than we got.

6 out of 10

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