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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

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Review: Daynight by Megan Thomason

Daynight #1
Author: Megan Thomason
Publication Date: November 13, 2012
Publisher: Self Published

Meet The Second Chance Institute (SCI): Earth’s benevolent non-profit by day, Thera’s totalitarian regime by night. Their motto: Because Everyone Deserves a Second Chance™. Reality: the SCI subjects Second Chancers to strict controls and politically motivated science experiments like Cleaving—forced lifetime union between two people who have sex. Punishment for disobeying SCI edicts? Immediate Exile or death.

Meet Kira Donovan. Fiercely loyal, overly optimistic, and ensnared by the promise of a full-ride college scholarship, Kira signs the SCI Recruit contract to escape memories of a tragedy that left her boyfriend and friends dead.

Meet Blake Sundry. Bitter about being raised in Exile and his mother’s death, Blake’s been trained to infiltrate and destroy the SCI. Current barrier to success? His Recruit partner—Miss Goody Two Shoes Kira Donovan.

Meet Ethan Darcton. Born with a defective heart and resulting inferiority complex, Ethan’s forced to do his SCI elite family’s bidding. Cleave-worthy Kira Donovan catches his eye, but the presiding powers give defect-free Blake Sundry first dibs.

Full of competing agendas, romantic entanglements, humor, twists and turns, daynight is Megan Thomason’s debut young adult dystopian novel and first in the daynight series.
Disclaimer: I received the updated copy from the author for free in exchange for an honest review via a Read & Review program on Goodreads. My review is not influenced in any way.

     Updated, you ask? Yes, updated. I apparently got the book from Amazon for free last year (read: December). I took the chance to be one of the reviewers so I can clean up my Kindle App Library (little by little), which is growing but that wasn't the actual reason why I was interested in Daynight (maybe partially though).
     I was interested in Daynight due to the fact that a) the cover caught my eye (I don't judge books by covers, but it's subconscious. Moi can't help it sometimes :(), b) the synopsis was good, and c) why not? It might even be the next Divergent (hey, I'm not saying it is) or another one of my favorite novels and land on my favorites shelf (not that I have any. I treasure every good book... although some stick out).
     I found the storyline unique compared to other dystopian fiction. Most dystopian fiction are set in the future, when the world has already hit the apocalypse or something of the similar sort. In Daynight, however, Earth is still there. Life is still continuing, no apocalypses. Instead, there's a parallel-like world, with strict, dictatorship-like rules. But like other dystopians, Daynight also has a corrupt government and there is a group of people wanting to overthrow it.
     The way Ms. Thomason starts and ends each chapter is intriguing, especially with the first and last sentence. I also liked the way the flashbacks are set up from time to time between character POVs, however I seemed to get lost after awhile on what was going on in the story from time to time. The flashbacks tell us what's going on to other characters in the story, working behind the scenes of what the story was currently paused at before the flashback and keeping the reader curious on what will happen next.
     Daynight has a few twists and turns here and there throughout the story, a handful of them unexpected, surprising or shocking. Maybe even all three. But I'm curious what will happen to Kira, Ethan, and Blake as well as what the SCI is really up to (besides you-know-what) in the future of the series (no, I don't have my predictions. Besides happily-ever-after?).

Rating: 4 out of 5 Owls

~Happy Reading!

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