I didn't realize until disc 9 that this is the abridged version. (Fail.)
While certainly an interesting story, I am nonetheless disappointed that the f...moreI didn't realize until disc 9 that this is the abridged version. (Fail.)
While certainly an interesting story, I am nonetheless disappointed that the first section was so short. That, to me, was the most interesting part. I also wish that Amy had featured more heavily in the book, as she was arguably the most important character.(less)
Dr. Elliott Drake is not at all comfortable in the world. It could be the ganga - zombie-like creatures who roam the night. Or it could be because of...moreDr. Elliott Drake is not at all comfortable in the world. It could be the ganga - zombie-like creatures who roam the night. Or it could be because of the fifty years that lapsed between when his group entered and exited that cave, the fifty years he has no memory of and that apparently did not age him. Civilization collapsing while he was "away" didn't really help, either. When he and his friends rescue a group of stupid kids who got stuck outside at night, he meets Jade. She is gone before morning, and Elliott figures he'll never see her again. But when she shows up in Envy after they've dropped the kids home and earned themselves a place to stay, Elliott is intrigued. She may have the answers they've been seeking.
This is such a fantastic book. I've really been getting into dystopian / post-apocalyptic literature of late, and Beyond the Night is a perfect example of how to write in this genre. Elliott and Jade are compelling characters, but there is also significant work put into the supporting characters, lending the story an extra sense of depth. While it's still a mystery how civilization came to such an abrupt end, the reader gets the sense that it might be solved in later books. It's not the greatest book to read at night (oops!), but I just couldn't stop reading.
The next two books in this series, Embrace the Night Eternal and Abandon the Night, are already available. The latest installment of The Envy Chronicles, Night Betrayed, will be available January 2011! Make sure you check out Colleen Gleason's historical vampire series, The Gardella Vampire Chronicles, in stores now!