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.
Daynight was vastly different from the majority of books I've read lately. That being said I'm not really sure how I feel about that. On one hand, the premise was great and the characters were equally enjoyable. On the other hand, I was left feeling confused at the end. Almost like I had sensory overload. It's taken me days to process this book and the events therein in order to review.
Let me start out by saying the writing is superb. The Author's narrative was spellbinding and I was sucked in from the very first page. As for the characters, Kira was a female teen I could root for and in fact did the majority of the time. I also loved Daynight's love triangle, which honestly feels weird saying since usually they are pet peeves of mine. Ethan and Blake while complete opposites were both worthy of Kira's affection. It's a shame polygamy isn't an option for her character because both guys could really provide Kira what she needs both physically and mentally.
On the downside, while I liked the direction the book went in, I just am not sure I had enough time to process the bombshell dropped on the characters near the end. My mind is this hazy mess of information and I'm thinking I will seriously need to reread this in the future to catch stuff I undoubtedly missed. I guess you could say this book blew my mind, least that is how it feels when trying to put my thoughts into words.
Overall I am highly recommending you pick a copy of Daynight up and give it a go. Perfectly paced writing combined with superb narrative, likeable characters, and fantastic world building will no doubt leave Daynight on many Top Ten book lists this year. Yeah, it was that good. In the end I will be giving Daynight ★★★★. I will probably bump this rating up once I have a chance to reread but until then 4 is where it stands.
*I purchased a copy of this book to review for the tour. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated in any way for providing them.
Items Megan would like if stuck on a deserted island
- My family
- Solar powered generator
- Waterproof jumbo bin of electronics: laptop (to write), iPhone (books + calls), entertainment devices for the kids + all the charging cables
- The ultimate first aid kit/medical station (with sunscreen, antibiotics/meds + everything needed for minor medical emergencies)
- Fully stocked tool box (building tools + machetes + lighters + swiss army knife)
- Kitchen set (pots & pans, knives, utensils, bowls, plates)
- Camping gear (family tent with sleeping bags & preferably air mattresses; camping stove & water purifier)
- Jumbo waterproof storage unit with year’s supply of food
- And then for when the vacation is over… seaplane, fully stocked with pilot (or a high speed luxury yacht would work, too).
Yeah, I'm a wimp, but in my defense... even Gilligan got shipwrecked with some supplies and the folks from Lost had all the goodies from the plane and the stuff they found from the Dharma Initiative :).
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.