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Review: Nightfall by Jake Halpern & Peter Jukawinski

nightfall.jpgNightfall by Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski (G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers, Sept. 22, 2015)

On the island of Bliss, 14 years of day are followed by 14 years of night. As the sun sets on the horizon, everyone prepares to migrate off of the island to wait out the long night. Locks are taken off doors, furniture is rearranged and tables are set. No one knows how or why these rituals began -- at least, no one is willing to talk about it. Nightfall focuses on three teens who are accidentally left behind as everyone flees night and the terrifying creatures that inhabit it.

The book was co-authored by investigative journalist Jake Halpern and former U.S. diplomat Peter Kujawinski as their jobs took them across the globe. Knowing that the manuscript was passed back and forth from India to Haiti and the Arctic Circle, it's easy to see that the authors' work lives inspired the book's themes.

Nightfall is very difficult to put down, it's low on magic and full of suspense and adventure. It reads like an edge-of-your-seat action movie. The book ends in a perfectly satisfying way, and leaves plenty of room for a sequel. If you are a fan of The Maze Runner or The Hunger Games, this book is for you.

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