Review + Interview + Giveaway: daynight by Megan Thomason

daynight Genre: YA Dystopian
Published: November 26, 2012
Series: #1 (daynight)
Length: 324 Pages
Source: author (review copy)
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Meet The Second Chance Institute (SCI): Earth’s benevolent non-profit by day, Thera’s totalitarian regime by night. Their motto: Because Everyone Deserves a Second Chance™. Reality: the SCI subjects Second Chancers to strict controls and politically motivated science experiments like Cleaving—forced lifetime union between two people who have sex.

Meet Kira Donovan. Fiercely loyal, overly optimistic, and ensnared by the promise of a full-ride college scholarship, Kira signs the SCI Recruit contract to escape memories of a tragedy that left her boyfriend and friends dead.

Meet Blake Sundry. Bitter about being raised in Exile and his mother’s death, Blake’s been trained to infiltrate and destroy the SCI. Current barrier to success? His Recruit partner—Miss Goody Two Shoes Kira Donovan.

Meet Ethan Darcton. Born with a defective heart and resulting inferiority complex, Ethan’s forced to do his SCI elite family’s bidding. Cleave-worthy Kira Donovan catches his eye, but the presiding powers give defect-free Blake Sundry first dibs.

Full of competing agendas, romantic entanglements, humor, twists and turns, daynight is Megan Thomason’s debut young adult dystopian novel and first in the daynight series.”

review

Okay first of all I love the cover and I like how it relates to the story. While some parts of the book takes place on earth, the majority of the setting takes place in Thera. Thera is a place for people given a second chance in life. There’s a catch though. They won’t remember anything from their past lives, and they will be given a partner which requires them to “cleave” (a term for marriage or sex I believe). I have never read any dystopian book with this kind of plot which made daynight a refreshing and interesting read for me.

The book is told by our three main characters Kira, Blake, and Ethan. Yes there is a love triangle, and it added suspense to the story. I got a long with the characters except for Kira unfortunately. Kira is from earth and before her senior year in high school, she was recruited by the Second Chance Institute (SCI)  meaning she will be trained there to serve the institute in exchange for a full college scholarship. Thera is the location she was assigned and there she meets one of her friends from earth which is Blake. Why I didn’t really like Kira is because sometimes she acted in a way that was just unbelievable. There was a part in the book where something horrible happened to her family and instead of her reacting surprised, scared, and sad, she showed little of that. Another part is when Ethan’s mother was treating her harshly and she was AWARE of it but she acted like it was okay. Come’on Kira, what’s up with you.

Although it was an interesting dystopian read, I had a few problems with it. I wanted to see how Kira would be trained, but as I was reading, there was more cleaving and partying taking place. The pacing was sort of slow towards the middle of the book, but I’m glad it picked up after that. Also I was confused at times during the first half of the book, but as I continued reading, my questions were answered and man there were lots of twists at the end. Really enjoyed the surprises that the author put in there. I wish I got to know more about the places of the SCI though and not just Thera and the characters’ problems. Overall daynight was a good read for me and I recommend it to dystopian lovers and for those who wants to read a book that involves afterlife.

3 of 5

theauthor

Megan ThomasonMegan Thomason lives in paradise aka San Diego, CA with her husband and five children. A former software manager, Megan vastly prefers writing twisted tales to business, product, and marketing plans. When she isn’t typing away on her laptop, she’s reading books on her phone—over 600 in the last year—or attending to the needs of her family. Megan’s fluent in sarcasm, could potentially benefit from a 12-step program for road rage, struggles with a Hot Tamales addiction, loves world travel & fast cars and hates paperwork & being an insomniac. Daynight is Megan’s first published novel, but fourth written one.

interview

Q: How did you come up with daynight’s plot?

As I hiked the canyons of San Diego on a particularly hot day I pondered what would happen if temperatures were so extreme that days and nights had to be switched. This became the impetus for Thera, the main setting for daynight. I researched the extreme temperatures would have on the environment and what a society would have to do to adapt to it. Even the lingo was affected… Monnight, Tuesnight, etc.; daygowns instead of nightgowns; daymares and more… I had a lot of fun with it. daynight’s story is complex, so I plotted the whole thing out and then adjusted continually a I went along and had better ideas.

When I mentally brewed the concepts of dark and light, and what kind of government would rule the dark, The Second Chance Institute (SCI) was born. The characters came next. To best tell the story, I decided to have three characters, each with vastly different backgrounds and experiences tell the story: Kira, an earth-born SCI Recruit; Blake, who grew up in SCI-mandated exile; and Ethan, born to SCI elite and expected to carry on the family business.

Q: If you get to spend the day with one of the characters, who would it be and why?

Jax Christo, a seemingly minor character, but highly important to daynights story nonetheless. Jax is great eye candy, hilarious with his unique brand of double speak, knows a lot of Theran secrets, and has great capabilities I’d like to see in person.

Q: Could you tell us a little bit about the dystopian world Thera?

Physically, Thera not only has days and nights switched, but land and sea, direction of the sun, etc. Every Theran city is protected by a 50 foot Eco Barrier, which releases deadly chemical explosions when contacted, preventing entry and exit. Citizens who defy the ruling entity SCI’s edicts are subject to death or immediate exile to the harsh conditions beyond the Eco Barrier.

Like classics 1984, Brave New World and The Handmaid’s Tale, daynight explores societal extremes of morality and control. The Second Chance Institute is an interesting entity. On Earth they are a well respected non-profit. But on Thera they rule with an iron fist. They purport to provide help to those in need of a second chance at life. But instead of nurturing and fostering the downtrodden, they use the Second Chancers on Thera as science experiments for new political ideas they want to push on Earth. One such idea, Cleaving is an extreme enforcement of morality. If two people have sex, they’re automatically Cleaved, a forced lifetime union (a contrast to the Brave New World government who conditions its citizens to be immoral). Violation of Cleaving results in exile or death. Although, interestingly enough… as the SCI desires everyone to be Cleaved, they push immorality to get people to Cleave, but then expect the newly Cleaved to adopt a strict moral code thereafter.

Of course, Cleaving merely scratches the surface of the SCI’s plans, what they are testing & how far they are willing to go to push their agendas on Earth. Book two of the daynight series, arbitrate, will explore more societal extremes and their implications.

As with all dystopias, daynight should make readers think through parallels between the extreme dystopia and our own society.

Q: What did you feel when you were writing the first chapter of daynight?

Writing the first chapter was emotional for me. Kira relives the day she took The Second Chance Institute Recruit Test… and the same day that her boyfriend and friends died in a terrible explosion. The published version of daynight’s first chapter has little resemblance to the chapter I first wrote :). During one of my (many) re-writes I removed several chapters and started the story at a different place in an effort to get Kira to Thera in the first few pages. I added the prologue later and am glad I did. I love Bailey Goodington’s character. She’s a real piece of work and provides excellent comic relief (alongside Jax) to a story with a lot of heavy, dark and disturbing themes.

Q: Do you have any message to your readers? 

I love my readers and am extremely grateful to all the ‘early adopters’ of daynight who have not only taken the time to read, but to review and spread the word. My husband got cornered in the elevator at work recently and asked if his wife was an author. She heard about daynight through her knitting club! I love it!

As a thank you to my readers, for every 25 reviews posted on Amazon.com I release ‘extras’ for daynight or teasers for the sequel arbitrate (targeted for a summer 2013 release) on facebook and twitter. I’m a couple reviews away from posting full color, full character fashions from daynight. An up and coming costume designer/producer friend, Emma Connelly, graciously spent her winter break putting pictures to my words and they are amazing!

I’d love to hear from you!

Follow me on Twitter: https://twitter.com/megan_thomason

Follow the daynight series on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/daynight.series

I am a huge reader, too. Friend me or follow my reviews on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6578897.Megan_Thomason

Read a sample and/or purchase daynight at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00A6NG014

giveaway

Thank you so much to Megan for providing me 8 SIGNED COPIES OF DAYNIGHT! OH EM GEE. 3 of it will be part of this giveaway and the others for future giveaways. I’m making this giveaway international and will end on Feb. 17. Please do take the time to thank her in the comments or her Goodreads page. Also DAYNIGHT WILL BE FREE ON AMAZON FROM 1/21-1/23 if you want to grab it asap!
ENTER THE GIVEAWAY HERE (RAFFLECOPTER)

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37 Responses to “Review + Interview + Giveaway: daynight by Megan Thomason”


  1. 1 BookStacksOnDeck January 20, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    Wow, this sounds like a pretty cool story! Great review & interview!

  2. 2 Michelle January 20, 2013 at 8:33 PM

    I read this book and thought it was excellent. Out of curiosity, if you didn’t like the book, why would you host a giveaway?

    • 3 Leigh (LittleBookStar) January 20, 2013 at 11:34 PM

      I’m glad you enjoyed daynight! I did like the book, but I had a bit of trouble with some parts.

    • 4 bkwalker January 25, 2013 at 7:34 PM

      Hey Michelle, I couldn’t help but to see your comment and felt like you were getting upset with Leigh for her review. I’m not trying to be mouthy, but this is the thing that my pal from A Book Lover’s Library has been posting about.

      I believe everyone has a right to their own opinion, and just because they didn’t see the book as you did, doesn’t mean it’s not for another one of the readers here at this blog.

      Every author understands that their books won’t be for everyone, and we all accept constructive criticism, as shown here. Leigh pointed out that she was a bit confused in the beginning and the middles slowed down. It’s not a bad review, and though it worked differently for her, it may be an excellent read for someone else such as yourself.

      By offering the giveaway, she is helping the author get their book out there, even if it didn’t totally agree with her as a reader.

      As an author, I just thought I would mention that, and in no way am I trying to upset you.

  3. 5 Janina (@Synchro_Reading) January 21, 2013 at 2:29 AM

    Gla you thought the book was okay. I’ve never heard of this one before, but I don’t really care for books with Love Triangles 😦 Sucks it has one! And I wish the pacing was faster, I still might add this to my tbr though 🙂

    Janina @ Synchronized Reading

  4. 6 kah_cherub January 21, 2013 at 4:40 AM

    I love dystopian, so of course I’m in! Thanks for the giveaway!

  5. 7 Indiewritersreview January 21, 2013 at 6:13 AM

    Sounds interesting…I believe I will give it a try!:) Thoughtful, honest review, very helpful, and the book sounds very interesting, will place on my TBR list!

    Michelle

    Pit Crew

  6. 8 Victoria January 21, 2013 at 6:43 AM

    This book looks great! 🙂 I think I’ll check it out:) Thank you for the giveaway!

    Victoria from Always a Booklover

  7. 9 ellezorpayne January 21, 2013 at 7:39 AM

    I’ve had my eyes on this one for quite a few now. 🙂 So thank you for this chance. 🙂

  8. 10 angelzophiel January 21, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    I am joining the giveaway because I want to read that book!!! Oh help me win so I can read it.

  9. 12 Teddy January 21, 2013 at 11:26 PM

    It sounds like an original story. Great review!

  10. 13 Aly P January 22, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    Thanks for the giveaway and the review. I will gift it to one of my cousins, he will love it!

  11. 14 Nuzaifa January 24, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    Dystopia is a genre that I love so I hope to get my hands on Daylight soon!
    Thank You so much for this awesome giveaway!
    And Thanks Leigh for sharing your thoughts about Daylight! 🙂

  12. 15 sabryy9ems January 25, 2013 at 6:18 AM

    Thank you for the giveaway!

  13. 16 bkwalker January 25, 2013 at 7:25 PM

    Awesome review and interview :). Good job

  14. 17 Tammy Ford Cuevas January 25, 2013 at 9:03 PM

    It’s nice to see an honest review, and I like the fact that you didn’t give up on the book. Sometimes a book may lag at some point, or the storyline may be confusing, but if the reader stays with it, the book turns out to be worthwhile.

  15. 18 Pragya January 27, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    Thanks so much. Very excited to read it.

  16. 19 Megan Thomason, author of 'daynight' January 29, 2013 at 10:12 PM

    @bkwalker, completely agree! I have no issue with Leigh’s review. A well-written critical review has nuggets of complete gold for a writer. And, it’s very true that no book will appeal to everyone. All my favorite books of all time have one-star reviews. ‘daynight’ has an average rating on 4.6 on Amazon (66 reviews) and 4.24 on goodreads (62 ratings)… lots of people love it. But, some don’t and I’m completely ok with that. I don’t love every book I read, so I can empathize.

    Leigh got a very early copy of ‘daynight’. She had every right to review the material presented to her and I appreciate the fact she took the time to read, review, and post on her blog. As I’ve told Leigh, her review helped me identify and fix some critical issues before the masses got a hold of the book. So, I for one am extremely grateful.

    Thanks, Leigh! You’re awesome :).

  17. 21 Michele Luker January 30, 2013 at 8:02 AM

    thanks for the awesome giveaway!! Sounds like a great read!! I love Dystopia

  18. 22 Annie Wallace January 30, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    Thank you for offering this giveaway. It seems to be a really nice book to read. 🙂

  19. 23 Kamla L. January 30, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    Daynight sounds like a unique and intriguing twist for the dystopia sub-genre. Adding this to my TBR.

  20. 24 anddeea January 30, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    It sounds like an amazing book. I mean by the book’s description and your review it looks like this book has a little but of everything.

  21. 25 Emily January 30, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    This book looks really good! I hope I get the chance to read it sometime soon!

  22. 26 Angela January 30, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    Thank you! This sounds really good! (:

  23. 28 Veronika January 31, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    Sounds like a great book! I love dystopian books, so I can’t wait to read this one!

  24. 29 Brooke Banks February 2, 2013 at 5:02 AM

    Another dystopian fan here, and am hoping to win this one. I have daynight on my TBR list . =)

  25. 30 michelle gilliland mcafee February 2, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    This sounds cool. I like dystopian stories. Thank you for the giveaway.

  26. 31 Meli February 4, 2013 at 7:41 AM

    Thanks for the giveaway! 😀

  27. 32 laura martin February 4, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    thank you so much for the giveaway, especially because its international 🙂

  28. 33 Nkisu Machona February 4, 2013 at 1:50 PM

    I’ve been seeing this book everywhere!!! Thankyou sooooo much for the giveaway. This book sounds AMAZE!

  29. 35 Ashfa Anwer February 8, 2013 at 4:42 AM

    Thank you so much for the INT giveaway. Sounds like a great book.

  30. 36 Phoebe February 9, 2013 at 5:21 AM

    Thank You! Can’t wait, it seems wonderful!


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