I picked up this book when it first came out but like most books it sat on my shelf for a while. It was on several different displays during Halloween. Nightfall is about Marin, her twin brother Kana, and their best friend Line. They lives on an island that experiences 14 years of Day and 14 years of Night. Once their 14 years of Day are up everyone on the islands travels to the Desert Island for 14 years until it is time for them to return to their islands. This is Marin’s first time traveling to the Desert Lands and she is confused by all of the tasks they must complete before the leave. The furniture in the houses is moved around and they houses are cleaned completely. No one will tell Marin why it is done though. On the day they are all supposed to leave Line is missing and only Marin and Kana know where he is. Together the three of them have to find their way off the island as the truth about why they leave the island during the Night is revealed.
I really liked this book for the most part. It was creepy and well written. There were definitely some parts that had me freaked out to read at night but it was completely terrifying. It was more towards the eerie side of things. If you want to read something that may give you chills but not scare you this would be a good book for you. The first half of the book was definitely creepy. You have no idea what is going on on their islands and that author’s do a great job of creating the mysterious atmosphere. However once it is revealed what is happening on the island most of the creepiness is gone and it feels more like a thriller and fight for survival.
I loved the friendship between the three main characters. They were not perfect and they each had their own secrets that they were keeping from each other. While there was a slight romantic undertone that wasn’t the main focus of the novel. Instead it was focused on how each of them was growing up and preparing to deal with the changes they will face once they reach the Desert Lands. Their entire lives were about to change for different reasons and each of them were dealing with it in a different way. I liked this aspect because everyone faces a time in their life where they have to face a change and they aren’t sure if they are ready for it so I feel like anyone could relate to them even if they aren’t the same age as the characters.
There were a few loose ends at the book that I didn’t feel like were quite wrapped up. I had several questions that I still wanted answers to but overall they answered the big questions. This book was a creepy thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seats the whole time.