07 January 2019

Review: Survive The Night by Danielle Vega

Survive The Night by Danielle Vega
Publisher: Razorbill
Publish Date: July 7, 2015
Book Format: Paperback
# of Pages: 288
Synopsis: Stephen King meets Pretty Little Liars in this pulse-pounding novel from the author of The Merciless

Just back from rehab, Casey regrets letting her friends Shana, Julie, and Aya talk her into coming to Survive the Night, an all-night, underground rave in a New York City subway tunnel. Surrounded by frightening drugs and menacing strangers, Casey doesn’t think Survive the Night could get any worse...

...until she comes across Julie’s mutilated body in a dank, black subway tunnel, red-eyed rats nibbling at her fingers. Casey thought she was just off with some guy—no one could hear her getting torn apart over the sound of pulsing music. And by the time they get back to the party, everyone is gone.

Desperate for help, Casey and her friends find themselves running through the putrid subway tunnels, 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 Aya’s terrified refrain: “We’re all gonna die down here.”

My Review:  

I have heard many good things about Danielle Vega and her recent publications. She has been well known for her horror infused stories including Survive The Night which is a standalone compared to her popular Merciless series which is up to four books currently.

Survive The Night tells the story of a high school aged girl named Casey who is fresh out of rehab from a pill addiction. Her parents are wanting to keep a close eye on her which means they only allow her to spend time with her “safe friends” even though she doesn’t feel like she fits in with them any longer. Shana rescues her from this uncomfortable situation and off she goes with the crew that got her in trouble in the first place.

Shana reveals herself as a bad ass with her old buick and maniacal driving. She is interested in hearing all about Casey’s rehab stint even if it bothers her to speak of her time there. In the back seat are Shana’s tagalongs, Aya and Julie whom are busy sharing a joint and painting each others toenails for a good portion of the beginning chapters. Casey is excited to see these three girls at first as it has always given her a rush hanging out with them, that feeling is back and full force especially when Shana begins their adventure by bringing them to a club featuring a band extremely familiar to Casey.

Before even stepping into the club Casey recognizes the music and instantly wants to leave. Before rehab the love of her life broke her heart and this just “happens” to be his band playing. Everything turns out well though once he notices her watching him play. It might be a little mix of relief that she’s home and pain because they are no longer together. Now a group of six, they head off in search of a popular underground rave that nobody can stop talking about, even if the rumors of murder down there are pretty creepy.

Sam--the ex boyfriend--and Casey find themselves awful close and forced to talk about the events leading up to their break up and rehab stint. This brings on a lot of emotion and tears but ends with kissing and groping. The couple seem to have made up for now anyways. Not long after this magical moment does the terror start. A body is found ripped open with intestines spilling out and soon after the--now five--of them realized they are trapped underground with no way out. The candles are starting to dim, their phones are dying and they have no idea who--or what--is down there with them.

As you can imagine only some of them make it out of the underground subway alive and the trek to find an exit is a dark and wet one for this group of teenagers. They encounter homeless men, starving rats, and a tentacled monster that nobody really understands. Who comes out alive is the big question: all, none or some?  


No comments:

Post a Comment

I love to hear from you guys so leave as many as your heart desires =)

Imagination Designs