Survive the Night – Danielle Vega | ARC Review

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Pages: 263 Paperback
Publication date: July 7th, 2015
Publisher: Penguin Random House Canada
How I got the copy: Received by Penguin Random House Canada
Rating:  3 out of 5
Series: N/A


We're all gonna die down here. . . .

Julie lies dead and disembowelled in a dank, black subway tunnel, red-eyed rats nibbling at her fingers. Her friends think she’s just off with some guy—no one could hear her getting torn apart over the sound of pulsing music.
In a tunnel nearby, Casey regrets coming to Survive the Night, the all-night underground rave in the New York City subway. Her best friend Shana talked her into it, even though Casey just got out of rehab. Alone and lost in the dark, creepy tunnels, Casey doesn’t think Survive the Night could get any worse . . .
. . . until she comes across Julie’s body, and the party turns deadly.
Desperate for help, Casey and her friends find themselves running through the putrid subway system, 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 her friend’s terrified refrain: “We’re all gonna die down here. . . .” in this bone-chilling sophomore novel by the acclaimed author of The Merciless.


I was super excited to get an Advance Readers Copy of Survive the Night, I enjoyed Danielle Vega’s debut novel and this one seemed pretty awesome too!

Survive the Night follows Casey when she gets back from rehab after an accidental overdose but what she calls a bad allergic reaction from painkillers given to her after a soccer injury, which needed surgery. Right when Casey gets released from the hospital her friends suck her right back into her old bad habits which leads Casey to be at a rave in an abandoned New York underground subway system and to top if off with her ex-boyfriend too.

I really enjoyed this story and couldn’t put this book down! So much happens so quickly I just wanted to know what would happen next. But after a little more than halfway I started to feel it slowing down and it took me a bit to push through to the end.

Our main character, Casey kept slipping, falling and missing steps that start to annoy me… How many times can one character fall or almost fall when no one else seems to be struggling to stand straight? Other than that, I don’t have any problems with the characters. That was the only thing that started to irritate me after awhile.

I seem to notice that Danielle Vega likes to have a little bit of a fantastical element in her stories and she likes to unveil them during the last quarter of the book. This fantastical element/twist I didn’t like too much… I felt like it was from a bad horror movie like, A Cabin in the Woods, haha.

Overall, I enjoyed this story; I just had a few minor problems. I would recommend this to readers who have enjoyed Danielle Vega’s previous novel and to readers that enjoy YA horror novels.


Thanks for reading,
Alexa Talks Books

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