Book Review: Nightfall by Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski


Title: Nightfall
Author: Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski
Published: 2015
Genre: Fantasy/Thriller Young Adult

Synopsis: 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.

My Rating: Red-StarRed-StarRed-StarRed-Star

This book delivered exactly what it told me it was delivering, for that I loved it. First of all, this book is set in a Fantasy world – this threw me off because I was confused at first but we’re talking another planet or something. Either way, this is not on earth. I think this book made me realize how much I love that entire idea, I’m going to look for more books using this premise. The creep factor in the first half of the book is off the charts. I was in serious tension, my heart racing, biting my nails sort of tension. The concept of 3 kids being left behind on an island of perpetual darkness where weird shit happens and perhaps monsters are roaming the night is petrifying. Let me explain, there were times in this novel, before it’s revealed exactly what is happening, that I had to stop, walk away from the book because I was terrorized. The tension that Halpern and Kujawinski build is perfection. Halfway through the novel this turns into pure fantasy so it hit both concepts. The only reason I didn’t give it 5 stars is because I wanted more world-building SO badly. I think this book would have greatly benefited from it.

This is not a long book, read it in a weekend, but it takes you on a great journey. I loved the fantasy elements in it as well as the chilling aspect of the start. Very well done.


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