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Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Review 101: Daynight- Megan Thomason

Summary: 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. Punishment for disobeying SCI edicts? Immediate Exile or death.

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.

Title: Daynight
Author: Megan Thomason
Pages: 324
Rating: 3/5 Stars
Review: I received this book for free from the author in a Read 2 Review in exchange for an honest review. I had heard a lot of hype about this book previous to reading it and I thought it sounded good and that I would enjoy it. Well that was wishful thinking. I liked the "idea" of this story it the book just didn't do it for me. Right from the beginning I found this book to be rather boring with too much information trying to be shoved at the reader and I didn't find any of that info to be really necessary. I think that the book had a fresh idea but the goings on we're predictable. I didn't even enjoy the ending. I will give the author credit for the multiple POV's although they weren't flawless. I just felt like it was different POV's for the same parts in the story, so you just were re-reading the same part and not learning anything different. 
Characters were okay. I didn't really find any development with them, just submissiveness. Kira kind of irked me, I found her to have this superiority complex that obviously did not work out in her favour, as evidenced by what occurred after her little rebellion. Then she did a 180 degree turn and went from rebel to the SCI's poster child, in other words practically a compliant zombie. Blake was okay because he was the true rebel, but was swayed near the end so never kept the rebel character. Ethan to me was an airhead. He was really naive and don't know the goings on of SCI until it was too late. 
Overall, this book was okay. I personally don't think I will carry on with the series because it wasn't for me but I would still recommend it to YA "dystopian" lovers.

About this author

Megan Thomason lives in paradise aka San Diego, CA with her husband and five children. A former software manager, Megan vastly prefers writing twisted tales to business, product, and marketing plans. When she isn't typing away on her laptop, she's reading books on her phone—over 600 in the last year—or attending to the needs of her family. Megan’s fluent in sarcasm, could potentially benefit from a 12-step program for road rage, struggles with a Hot Tamales addiction, loves world travel & fast cars and hates paperwork & being an insomniac. Daynight is Megan's first published novel, but fourth written one.