Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Review: daynight by Megan Thomason

Title: daynight
Author: Megan Thomason
Series: N/A
Publisher: Createspace
Release Date: November 26, 2012
Format: eCopy
Genre: YA, dystopia, romance
Source: Blog Tour
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 is a book I can't simply just put into words. To be honest, I went into it expecting a three-star read, at most a four-star, but guess what? I came out giving it a whole whopping five stars.

Let's start with the opening line/s, shall we?

Escape, I remind myself. That's why I'm here. On a speedboat. With a creepy escort who looks like the human incarnation of Mr. Potatohead.
How's that for a first line? It's freaking hilarious, but doesn't take away from the actual event occurring at the same time. Let's take a step back and see what Megan Thomason has done so far. She's grabbed me with the first line of the book. (Not including the prologue, which is pretty epic as well.) So far, so good.

Then, I got introduced to Megan Thomason's characters. First up was Kira, who sounded so vastly different than the voice that told the story of the prologue. I felt like I could almost taste her despair, confusion, and ultimately, betrayal. I completely sunk into her personality. Then Thomason introduced Ethan, and turned the charm on full throttle. And I think I kind of died a little inside. In a totally good way. Be still, my beating heart. We're not over with the story yet. In fact, the story hasn't even truly started yet.

Moving on. May I present to you *waves hands in an uncharacteristically elegant gesture* the characters of daynight. Thomason did a very fine job writing it in the multiple perspectives. In some books, one voice would overpower another, but not this one. All three of them, Kira, Ethan, and Blake, had a perfectly balanced combination of perspectives, and I pretty much just sat there, reading in awe of what Thomason had managed to do.

In this book, I particularly want to focus on its love triangle. Ethan, charming, sweet, and just basically perfect. Blake, slightly outspoken, and so different from Ethan, but not at all bad. I usually have no problems with love triangles, but this one was very well done. The two male counterparts are different in their own way, but neither of them were jerks to play off the other's nice-ness.

The plot was finely done. It was steady, tidy, and pretty much perfect. I like to focus on endings, as that's what truly gives me the grand finale feel, and this one felt perfect. It could easily have a sequel written to it, and I can imagine the different characters going on with their lives, yet it felt as if it was resolved. No cliffhangers there.

Conclusion? I have a feeling this will be one of my favourite 2013 reads, and can't recommend it enough. This is a great book, not only for fans of dystopia wanting a fresh new read, but also for anyone looking for a good story to pass their time.
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