Series: Nightstruck #1
Published by Tor Teen on April 5th, 2016
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Magic, Paranormal, Young Adult
Source: borrowed from the library
It starts with a cry in the night.
Becket, walking her dog one winter evening, fears it’s an abandoned baby left out in the cold. But it is something else—something evil—and it tricks Becket into opening a doorway to another realm, letting a darkness into our world, a corruption that begins transforming Philadelphia into a sinister and menacing version of itself…but only at night.
The changes are subtle at first, causing Becket to doubt her senses and her sanity. But soon the nightmarish truth is impossible to deny: By day, the city is just a city, but at night it literally comes alive with malevolent purpose. Brick and steel become bone, streetlights turn into gallows, and hungry alleys wait to snare mortal victims. Terrified citizens huddle indoors after dusk, as others succumb to the siren song of the night, letting their darker sides run wild.
Once, Becket’s biggest problems were living up to her police commissioner father’s high expectations and a secret crush on her best friend’s boyfriend. Now she must find a way to survive and protect her loved ones…before the darkness takes her as well.
Imagine a city where there are no rules, and chaos reigns. Where people let go of their inhibitions and murder others. This is the setting and premise of NightStruck. This was a really engaging read! I was never bored. From the start I was so into it. It started off super sinister then just turned into a horror. It actually reminded me of the movie The Purge where people hole up inside their homes because the citizens outside are trying to kill you. Yep this is pretty much the story. I just had one major question.. Why is this happening in the first place? I thought this would be a stand-alone but when it ended like that I knew it wouldn’t be.
I had a bit of trouble with the characters. Namely Piper. Ohhhh how I wished Becket grew a pair and just for once stood up to her. She’s not your best friend if she manipulates you like that. It drove me crazy how she treated Becket. And the thing is Becket let her. I rolled my eyes at least twice. I loved Bob the dog, he’s just great. Luke was cute, but again I didn’t condone what they were doing..it wasn’t morally right at all.
I did find the book to be super violent and gory. The writing is good, and execution was passable but I was looking to be more emotionally invested in the characters. In this case I wasn’t, so I ended up not caring too much about them lol
Nightstruck is an engaging read that will have you turning the pages. Naturally with a big cringe or two because of the gore. You were warned!