Publication Date: July 7, 2015
Source: Penguin's First to Read Program in exchange for an honest review. This in no way alters my opinion or review of the book.
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.
I read Vega's The Merciless as an early review book and when I was reading it I was blown away by the visuals she was able to present and the chills up my spine. So when I saw Survive the Night I knew I had to read it - hoping so much that like her first book this one would suck me in and cause those same chills.
This book did not disappoint. Survive has a lot of the same elements as The Merciless - a group of friends, a night of adventure gone completely wrong, and the craziest of twist endings ever.
Now these books are not for every reader - they are very violent and I mean VERY violent and descriptive with it (so be aware). Survive follows Casey after getting out of rehab and she is back with her friends to celebrate only to find that her friends are ending up dead. The book starts off a bit slow, Casey gets out, you learn about her friends and flashback a bunch to her time before rehab, then things start to get better as the group end up at a rave called Survive the Night - a lock-in rave in the abandoned subway. This happens at about the halfway point in the book, so if you can stick it out that long - keep reading.
After they arrive at the rave all craziness ensues and people are dead and it is nasty and there is lots of running and chasing and it is very action packed. I read the book in 2 sittings, once to get to the halfway point and the 2nd I raced through to figure out what was happening.
Vega has this way with her writing that draws you in slowly and then kind of makes you feel like you are going to vomit and then throws in a twist that makes things make more sense but really just has you questioning the whole story... and... I kind of like that about her books. If you like Horror and YA, and violence this is for you.