SURVIVE THE NIGHT by Danielle Vega

SURVIVE THE NIGHT

Age Range: 12 - 18
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KIRKUS REVIEW

A girl gets out of rehab but can’t stop herself from hanging with her wild friend.

Casey was a star student, but her friend Shana, who likes to walk on the wild side, deliberately led her into addiction to pain medication. Just after leaving rehab she promises her parents she’ll spend the night at a slumber party with trusted friends but immediately ditches them when Shana and pals show up. Shana first plays chicken at high speed as they drive to New York City, then gets Casey into a bar where her old boyfriend Sam, who dumped Casey because of her drug use, is playing in his band. Invited to a rave, they enter an abandoned part of the subway system. Roofied by Shana, Casey thinks she might be hallucinating when she sees the brutally murdered body of a friend. Police raid the party, driving Casey, Shana, Sam, and two others ever deeper into the mazelike subway tunnels—where they eventually learn what has been killing people. Vega morphs a teen-rebellion story into horror and does a nifty job with both, as Casey realizes that Shana has surreptitiously drugged her and begins to see the girl for the possible monster that she is. Exactly what attacks and devours the teens is kept ambiguous, adding a nice level of creepiness and psychological intrigue.

Both scary and gory, tailor-made for fans of the genre. (Horror. 12-18)

Pub Date: July 7th, 2015
ISBN: 978-1-59514-724-0
Page count: 272pp
Publisher: Razorbill/Penguin
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 2015




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