Daynight by Megan Thomason
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received to Review
Genre: Dystopian YA (for mature YA readers)
Book Description: 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.
My thoughts: When I thought I had figured out where the plot of this story was taking me, I was amazed to find it go another way. Megan Thomason has created a book full of plot twists and turns.
Kira has a chance at a scholarship that would entail skipping out her senior year and going to the SCI. They offer second chances to people who have screwed up their lives. It is an opportunity that she can't pass up. It would set her on the path to a future success.
She soon discovers that if a deal is too good to be true, it is. SCI is a cover for an operation that brings people from earth to another plane of existence. Thera is the polar opposite of Earth. Where we have water, they have ocean. The climate is harsh, with more land, there is extreme heat. Lives are lived during the nigh time hours and sleep is during the unlivable heat of the day.
The society is dystopian. The people given a second chance is a huge surprise that I will not reveal. It is amazing to me the concept that Megan came up with. It is in many ways original. There are many hidden agendas and political intrigues in this book.
Kira is meant to "cleave" with one of two potential suitors. One came from Earth with her, Blake, and the other is from Thera, Ethan. Both boys have much to offer and sound very attractive. It has left her with a dilemma, not easily solved.
My caution in this book would be with the emphasis on cleaving. While there are not any blatant intimate moments, there is much talk dealing with cleaving. It is a huge deal in the Theran society, and when cleaved it is for life, no exceptions. There are also some compromising situations and teens drinking.
Megan is sharing with us her top ten favorite characters in book. She purposely left out daynight. But I'm pretty sure they would make the top of the list. :)
Favorite characters in a book
Peeta in Hunger Games (but Katniss, Haymitch, Effie, Finnick all right up there)
Anne Frank in Diary of a Young Girl
Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit
Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice
Myrnin in Morganville Vampires series
Adrian in Vampire Academy series
Anne in Anne of Green Gables
Jadyn in That Boy/That Wedding
Kellen in Thoughtless/Effortless
Lucas/Landon in Easy
Author Megan Thomason
Megan Thomason lives in paradise aka San Diego, CA with her husband and five children. A former software manager, Megan vastly prefers writing twisted tales to business, product, and marketing plans. When she isn't typing away on her laptop, she's reading books on her phone—over 600 in the last year—or attending to the needs of her family. Megan’s fluent in sarcasm, could potentially benefit from a 12-step program for road rage, struggles with a Hot Tamales addiction, loves world travel & fast cars and hates paperwork & being an insomniac. Daynight is Megan's first published novel, but fourth written one.
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