Release Date: November 13, 2012
Format: Paperback, 324 pages
Source: copy received from author for review
Genres: Fiction, Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopia, Fantasy, Paranormal
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.
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.
I started out quite confused. The idea intrigued me – a world that is just like Earth but it’s exact opposite, and Earth has portals to it. Add to that the “Second Chancers”, who are people who died on Earth and got to choose a second chance at life on Thera. Then there are the Originals – Lights and Darks, able to pass through the portals with ease. But as the story progressed, these elements were explained a little better and I started to thoroughly enjoy my reading time.
The rules on Thera are strict and oppressive. The SCI provides everything for them – they all wear the same clothes in the same colors, with different outfits for different occasions. Their food is provided for them. Pregnancies are regulated. Houses are bugged and people are tracked wherever they go. It’s a sinister place beneath a happy facade. The biggest rule that gets talked about is Cleaving. Of course, they’re teenagers, so it rings true that they would be so obsessed with it. It was talked about *a lot*. They Cleaved (had sex). Now they are Cleaved (married). He’s her Cleave (husband). It’s an odd word and used a little too much.
Warning: there is a love triangle in this book. Or rather, several love triangles. So, if those drive you crazy, this may not be a book for you. However, I thought it was well done – even though I wanted to smack Kira a few times and tell her to figure it out because I was beyond frustrated with her inability to choose. She spends a good amount of time mad at both of the boys, and that doesn’t make her choice any easier. Each of them have their own agenda and she doesn’t get included in their plans.
I felt a connection with Kira and Ethan’s characters immediately. Blake eventually grew on me. The point of view switched between the three of them, which I liked because I was able to understand their intentions a little bit. Neither Blake nor Ethan had a decent parental upbringing. Blake’s father was obsessed with destroying the SCI and Ethan’s parents seem devoid of any emotion at all. Weirdly, Kira’s parents weren’t mentioned until partway through, and there were only a couple of scenes that involved them. I assume that she had a normal childhood.
As I mentioned before, the world of Thera is a sinister place beneath the surface. Something dark was going on that wasn’t completely explained in this book, but I’m hoping are big parts of the next book. I’d really like to see where she’s taking this concept, because it’s a good one. Every time I turned around there was a new twist that changed the way I saw things. I was pleased to find out that this is the first book in a trilogy. Which is good because it ended with a cliffhanger, and I am wanting to know the rest of this crazy story.
Overall, I’d recommend this book. If you like conspiracies, love triangles, and alternate universes, you’ll really enjoy it! I can’t wait to read the second installment and find out what will happen to Kira, Blake and Ethan!
My Rating: 4 stars