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The Nightworld

3.41  ·  Rating details ·  112 ratings  ·  28 reviews
Scraping by in classes, hanging out with his best friend Charlie, and trying to get a date with Lara Hanover, the prettiest girl in school—that was Nick Robbins’ life.

Survival was the last thing on his mind.

Then, a strange cloud appeared over the city. A cloud that kept growing. The darkness on the horizon consumed the light around it. And Nick’s dad, a Department of Defen
Paperback, 240 pages
Published April 2012 by HarperCollins Children's Books (first published November 22nd 2011)
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Erin Forson
Mar 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Nightworld
by Jack Blaine
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Nick’s senior year starts looking up the moment stunning Lara Hanover invites him to her summer kickoff party. If all goes as planned, Nick will not be doomed to spend as much time alone as he has since his mother died and his dad went underground to his “off-limits” basement where work on a government project engages him around the clock. Yes, hooking up with Lara might make everything right in Nick’s world. But when the world outside changes
Savannah (Books With Bite)
Apr 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book is surprisingly good. At first when I started it I wasn't sure I would like it. But soon it came down to scientist, experiments, conspiracy theory, and a world left in darkness and chaos.

What I adored most about this book is the great plot line. At first, things went slow but the build up to a darkness exploding left my mind reeling. I loved that with a new chapter, this darkness took me by surprise. In an instant, I intrigued and hooked with new rules that came upon me.

The love intere
Lindsay wisdom
Feb 01, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015-reads
This was a book I picked up from a bookstore for a couple dollars, and had no expectations for it. I'm glad I got it, because I did enjoy it. It was short and engaging, and I actually ended up reading it all pretty much in one sitting. There were plot holes and the ending was not what I was expecting. But overall, an interesting read with good characters. ...more
Nov 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This, right here...was an awesome story! I loved Nick and Lara! What they had to go through and witness after the darkness was downright scary! I highly recommend this book!! And if you haven't yet, check out HELPER12! (4.5 stars) ...more
Dec 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, suspense, dystopian
I didn't think I'd like a novel based on a video game quite so much! This one had everything in it that I like in my post-apocalyptic fiction: Life Before, a clear explanation of What Went Wrong, and characters that seem up to the task of Carrying On. Ok , so we were a little shy on that last. Still, a ripping yarn. ...more
Krista (CubicleBlindness Reviews)
Going into the story I couldn't help but be reminded of some of the post-apocalyptic novels I have read recently, such as Ashfall by Mike Mullen and Dark Inside by Jeyn Roberts.
This book was not quite as long or intense as those reads, but I definitely got the same kind of vibe. A boy who's father hides him in a closet when he fears a group of people are coming for him, witnesses his fathers death. Before shooting him they ask for a device, which he refuses to help them find. In a panic he d
coty ⚡
May 21, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2019
There's gold in these hills, but Jack Blaine falls to unearth it.
The premise is solid and interesting. The characters and their motivations are boring. I understand the protagonist is a teen, but he's exceptionally worse than the majority of teen protagonists in his genre. Even for the year this book was written, it's bad. The novel pre-Darkness seems like just a collection of buzzwords intended to relate to the Youths of 2012, shoe-horned into the writing to remind you again and again that the
Aug 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
I read this book all in one sitting. It was incredible. The view on the world and how quickly it could descend into chaos. This book kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. A thought provoking story that didn't let me put it down. I thought the ending was done great. ...more
Apr 14, 2015 rated it liked it
I finished this book which is the only reason I'm giving it 3 stars at all. Clearly it kept me interested enough to finish but not much more than that.
Nick, average high school student with the miraculous good fortune of having the "hottest girl in school" suddenly declare her interest in him (right before the apocalypse), was not terribly interesting to read about and honestly more often than not he was too stupid to live. I'm really not sure how he didn't get killed a couple times over in the
Oct 02, 2012 rated it liked it
TL;DR version: Characters are nice, but plot would be nicer if it wasn't crammed in two paragraph chunks between teenage love. Too rushed.

I'm not sure what to say about this book. If you've read a dystopian novel in the past year or two, you've read The Nightworld. It doesn't do a whole lot out of its' genre. I think the lead character is probably what made me give this a 3 instead of a 2.

I thought that the male protagonist and POV was a little refreshing since a lot of these are female POVs- an
Lisa  Keegan
Feb 12, 2017 rated it liked it
quick, decent read. Dollar Store book
Feb 27, 2013 rated it it was ok
Nick is just a normal kid. It's the last day of school and he is ready to relax. He gets handed "The Lord of the Flies" to read for summer reading as he's walking out of school. Nick's dad is a scientist for the Department of Defense who is working on a project in their basement. When a cloud starts growing, blocking out all the light, Nick realizes something is terribly wrong. When people break into their house he realizes he has to run.

The back of the book says that this is inspired by The Ni
Aug 08, 2012 rated it it was ok
Overall: Meh. Nothing great. Nothing awful. The writing is tolerable and the premise has some interesting parts to it, but it's clearly meant to appeal to readers who love I Am Number 4 and plot-heavy dystopian reads. The male PoV was a nice change of pace. The romance was predictable and generic but balanced, which it rarely is in male PoVs. My biggest issue was that the pacing was so break-neck that the author did nothing to expand on the characters or the world building. This is the kind of b ...more
Nov 02, 2011 rated it liked it
I don't know who "Full Fathom Five, Inc" (the copyright holder) is, but it sounds like a book packager. I don't like the idea of packagers - makes the books seem more written for business rather than for the love of the story. Thus the stories themselves are often a bit shallow.

Such is the case with The Nightworld. We barely get any details on the interesting stuff (Higgs particles, darkness all the time, the Optimus Prime device, a virus), and instead just get a run-of-the-mill thriller that tr
May 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book was pretty good. A nice shot, fast read. I finished it within a day, more like less than 6 hours. It reminded me of Ashfall and Life As We Knew It. Mostly because of the darkness and cold weather that the cloud brought. The plot was also pretty good, I’m just disappointed that they didn’t get into the science stuff very much. Nick seems like a cool character, and him and Lara are a great team. I can’t wait to see what happens in the sequel.
The book was written in 1st person present te
Aug 09, 2013 rated it liked it
This book was a bit slow paced for me. I mean, a lot happened, but it was just... not realistic?

I don't know, I just wasn't feeling the boy finally gets perfect girl, world ends, boy risks life to check on girl, boy and girl travel together across three states, while being hunted (DUH!) and (view spoiler) and blah blah blah.

I wanted to like this book more. I do have to say, every time any one of the characters went outside, I got
Andrea Labonte
Aug 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: teen
This book surprised me when i picked it up because i didn't think i would actually like it. So I got it anyway because the moment i started reading it i couldn't put it down. It was about a 17 year old going into his senior year that wasn't even gonna happen because the world changed. He was out on his own trying to find the girl he liked making sure she was safe and sound. There were strange people that had killed his father and he didn't know what to do. So this book gets 5 stars because that ...more
Apr 05, 2013 rated it liked it
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Xandria Collins
Sep 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
This was actually a very good read but got boring at times. The plot at first was very well but as the middle came, it started to slow. Also, I didn't get the 'spoon' reference. I was confused on what that was but I did enjoy Lara's and nick relationship.

4 out 5
Mar 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Aug 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library
i absolutely love this book. it is amazing.
Aug 17, 2012 rated it liked it
It was okay. I just thought there shouldve been more to it.
Ms. Kahn
I was sent this book to review for School Library Journal. I just started it.
Aug 26, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: teen-fiction
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Theresa Sivelle
Jan 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
What a scary thought. Unfortunately, I see this as a distinct possibility more and more every day.
Laurel Dyment
Pretty good premise.
Carla Lee
rated it it was ok
Feb 13, 2014
Alexie Watkins
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Sep 25, 2013
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