Review: Nightfall by Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski

51m0EuOe8EL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_Title: Nightfall

Author: Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski

Published: September 22nd 2015 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Reader

Genre: YA, Thriller, Fantasy

My Rating: 4/5

“Flee the Night or we will come for you.”


On an island where the sun only rises every 28 years, nightfall is new territory to those living in daylight for all their lives. But when the sun settles close to the horizon and the tides began to fall back, it’s the islanders only priority to leave the island until the sun rises again.

Teenage twins, Marin and Kana, are preparing to leave the island with their family and villagers, when their friend Line disappears. In their search to find him before the boats set sail, they fail to reach the shore in time.

No one knows what lurks in the Night once the sun disappears. But Marin, Kana, and Line have heard the fear and the warnings. Now, left on the island in the Night, they’re about to find out the truth.

I enjoyed Nightfall a great deal. It was suspenseful, not terrifying, and unique. The world that was created was overall satisfying and complete in creation. I enjoyed the island and the aspect that there are 14 years of Day and 14 years of Night. It was a step in a different direction and I enjoyed the creative aspect of that.

I think most readers picked this book up as a horror story to read in October and for Halloween.

Which makes sense since from the description to the cover to the title, it screamed “scary story.” But I find most people were disappointed in that aspect. 

No, I wasn’t jumping out of my chair or screaming alone in my apartment. But I was on the edge of my seat, gripping the pages at times, wanting to know what was coming next.IMG_1193

So let’s scratch the horror genre out of the equation and just leave thriller behind. I think that genre does the book more justice.

I did have a slight issue with the conclusion of the story, being that there wasn’t much of one. I was left with quite a few questions and not much hope for a sequel. It seemed that some characters got the ending that was deserved for them, and yet others didn’t, and it was never addressed.

And of course because the characters are who we care for, it’s sad to see someone who might not have their ending figured out.

There were some decent, yet predictable, twists that kept me reading. As well as an overall need to discover the secrets of Night and why it was so damn terrifying.

I definitely think this book could be more enjoyable for a younger teen crowd. The main characters are 14 years old, though I think they were more fit than most adults to take on the Night.

But I did still enjoy it. It was a very different read, with a love story taking the backseat to the survival story. It intrigued me until the very end, and that’s something I appreciate in a book.

So if you’re searching for a suspenseful and creepy standalone that is a pretty quick read, I totally recommend this book.

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