I wasn’t a fan of this book, and it felt like a bit of bait and switch by the end, but if you enjoy teen horror flicks, this might interest you. It is not scary because it is ridiculous, but one part reminded me of a movie I saw as a kid – a group of teens get stuck on a floating dock in the middle of a lake because some oil slick looking thing eats anyone who tries to swim for shore. I have no idea what the movie was or why I was allowed to watch it – I think my biological father is to blame for this ridiculously inappropriate viewing – but it certainly made an impression on me. So, if you are into that kind of thing, here you go . . .
We’re all gonna die down here. . . .
Julie lies dead and disemboweled 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 sophmore novel by the acclaimed author of The Merciless.
This is a wholly unrealistic teen horror book, and if that isn’t what you are looking for, please move along. This is a book you read for fun and escape. It is reminiscent of the Christopher Pike teen scream books from the nineties, but it is a little heavier on its attempt to add depth to the story by developing conflicts around addiction, friendship, and love. The truth is, though, that you are reading this for the thrills, or you probably will wish you weren’t reading it, so no depth really needed. This attempt at depth is actually what slows the story down. There is a large chunk of the book that was dedicated to establishing character and situation. However, when the action does pick up, it is pretty decent horror sequence action. One of the best things about this book is the reader’s uncertainty about whether or not the narrator is reliable. I honestly couldn’t tell, right up till the very end. It got a few laughs from me, some of them were probably even intentional, and I thought there was a good sense of ” this is a bad idea, guys” throughout. There is an excellent final sequence that surprised me and definitely left me asking WT? If this is what you are looking for, I think you will be moderately pleased. If you are looking for a more realistic scare, this is probably just going to annoy you. Language and situations are probably appropriate for high school, and though there is a variety of bad ideas and terrible behaviors in this book, most of those are punished in traditional horror movie fashion.
I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.