Jack Blaine's latest book is a riveting and thrilling read. Nick is a great believable narrator—he's smart, witty, and he thinks on his feet. He has to undergo a lot of change and a lot of heartbreak in a short amount of time, but he never gives up. Through unexplained violence, theft, and the revelation of shocking secrets about his father, Nick keeps moving forward, trying to figure out what his next move should be when no one has any answers. He eventually finds his way to Lara, and the two of them team up to try to figure out how to get to safety and determine what the objects left behind by Nick's father mean. If there is even a way to ever reverse the darkness, they’ve got the best chance to figure it out. The tension and sharp action will keep even the most reluctant reader hooked as Nick finds that when faced with death, people can be cruel and calculating. With themes of fear, humanity, compassion, and courage, The Nightworld is a quick, edge-of-your-seat read that is reminiscent of Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer, and an open ending that leaves room for more.
Cover Comments: I like the darkness of the cover, and the slanting perspective on the figure walking away. It's a neat cover, very simplistic and affecting.
This one is available as a $3.99 e-book now, and will be out in paperback from HarperTeen on April 24th, 2012
Digital copy purchased.