Author: Jake Halpern & Peter Kujawinski
Genre: Mystery, Young Adult, Dystopian
Published: September 2015 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Rating: 1 star
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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.
Starting off with the book my feelings towards it was meh. Multiple times I had to put the book down because I didn’t want to finish it. However, I pushed myself through it. I did go into this expecting some type of creep factor but did not experience that at all.
The few things that I did like about it was the writing, and the story itself, and by that I mean that it was original. I haven’t read anything like it before. Though there was times that book did remind me of a movie (forgot the name of it).However, the characters did leave me not interested in wondering what was happening.
In my opinion when Marin was asking questions she shouldn’t have backed down so easily. I understand that this book would have been shorter possibly. However, these kids need to know what they face if they ever did get stuck on the island. Like for Marin, Kana, and Line who learned the hard way.
The mystery behind it is actually one of the other things I liked about the book. I kept wondering why they had to do these rituals to their house before leaving the island. I kind of expected why, but it was still mystery because it was not what I was expecting.
While reading the book, the characters to me lacked emotion and depth. I did not connect with any of them nor felt anything for them. I was honestly expecting more to happen. Like more danger, threats, or more with what happens at night. But that didn’t happen. For this being my second review, I feel bad for not liking the book. Though I have to be honest with how I felt about it. Just because I did not like, does not mean that you won’t.