Friday, July 31, 2015

Survive the Night

Book: Survive the Night
Author: Danielle Vega

We're all gonna die down here. . . .

Julie lies dead and disemboweled in a dank, black subway tunnel, red-eyed rats nibbling at her fingers. Her friends think she’s just off with some guy—no one could hear her getting torn apart over the sound of pulsing music.

In a tunnel nearby, Casey regrets coming to Survive the Night, the all-night underground rave in the New York City subway. Her best friend Shana talked her into it, even though Casey just got out of rehab. Alone and lost in the dark, creepy tunnels, Casey doesn’t think Survive the Night could get any worse . . .

. . . until she comes across Julie’s body, and the party turns deadly.

Desperate for help, Casey and her friends find themselves running through the putrid subway system, searching for a way out. But every manhole is sealed shut, and every noise echoes eerily in the dark, reminding them they’re not alone.

They’re being hunted.

Trapped underground with someone—or something—out to get them, Casey can’t help but listen to her friend’s terrified refrain: “We’re all gonna die down here. . . .” in this bone-chilling sophmore novel by the acclaimed author of The Merciless.-Goodreads

Review:  Casey gets out of rehab and immediately ditches her soccer friends (the 'good girls') to hang out with Shana, her 'best friend' who helped get her addicted to drugs in the first place. Casey has a destructive relationship with Shana and it's clear things aren't going to end well when they go to NYC and attend an underground rave. When they arrive at the rave, Shana shows Casey how much she cares about her and her new found sobriety by...drugging her. I wish I could say something positive about Shana but she's never developed further than the wild child/druggie/bad friend. When one of their friends is found murdered, Casey, Shana and a few others are trapped underground. 

Now-the general premise of the book is pretty good. I was hoping to be scared. But these kids were so dumb it was hard to root for them. They watch the police break up the rave and are stuck....not sure why they didn't yell or try to attract the attention of the police. Also odd is that the police break up a rave and the place seemingly clears out in 5min. Shouldn't some officers have stuck around to make sure the tunnels were clear? Now-my biggest issue. All of these kids have cell phones. They are referenced multiple times because they are using them for lights. At NO point do they even attempt to make a call. Not once. It's the subway and doubtful there is service down there but they didn't even try? Very unrealistic. I was hoping this book was going to end and this whole adventure was a drug induced dream..but alas, that is not the direction the author went in. Really, I wasn't expecting it to go in the direction it did and it was a little weird. 

This wasn't a bad book per say, I did stay up late to see how it would end. 

Grade: 2/5

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