Published by Penguin on July 7th 2015
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We're all gonna die down here. . . . Just back from rehab, Casey regrets letting her friends Shana, Julie, and Aya talk her into coming to Survive the Night, an all-night, underground rave in a New York City subway tunnel. Surrounded by frightening drugs and menacing strangers, Casey doesn’t think Survive the Night could get any worse... ...until she comes across Julie’s mutilated body in a dank, black subway tunnel, red-eyed rats nibbling at her fingers. Casey thought she was just off with some guy—no one could hear her getting torn apart over the sound of pulsing music. And by the time they get back to the party, everyone is gone. Desperate for help, Casey and her friends find themselves running through the putrid subway tunnels, 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 Aya’s terrified refrain: “We’re all gonna die down here.”From the Hardcover edition.
Danielle Vega has done it. She not only managed to scare the crap out of me, she also managed to tell a captivating story that kept me hooked from start to finish. Survive The Night seriously impressed me.
The whole book takes place over one night and I can’t tell you how much I love stories like that. Casey and her friends set out for a night of adventure and instead they get a night of terror. The Survive the Night rave takes place once a year in the abandoned subway tunnels beneath New York City. There have always been rumors that people are killed in the subway but nobody really takes those rumors seriously. That all changes when Casey stumbles upon the body of her friend Julie, gruesomely murdered by someone or something hidden in the subway tunnels. And, of course, instead of being able to leave the same way they entered the subway, their way is blocked and they must set off through the tunnels to find a way out before it’s too late.
To be completely honest, the characters weren’t the greatest but I didn’t care that much about that. Casey was the only one that I really ended up liking. She made some serious mistakes but she was trying to change things. She was easily led astray by people that she thought were her friends. Shana was bad news. She drugged Casey, she encouraged her bad habits, and she betrayed her every chance she got. I wanted her to get what was coming to her. Casey did not deserve how her supposed friend treated her. As for Aya and Julie, they cracked me up but they weren’t anything too special. Sam and Woody were the same way. Sam seemed like a sweetheart but he had some secrets and he hurt Casey too. He was just so judgmental. I didn’t like that about him.
The creep factor was definitely up there with this one, at least for me. I admit to being easily scared but books don’t usually have that capability. That was not the case with Survive the Night. There was a lot of gore but that wasn’t the only scare thing. I never knew what was going to happen from page to page. I didn’t have a clue who or what was coming for Casey and her friends. I was jumpy and biting my nails from start to finish.
Overall, Survive the Night was everything I hoped it would be. Danielle Vega’s sophomore novel is one that I will surely be recommending to all horror fans and anyone looking to give the genre a try.
What others are saying about Survive the Night:
Good Books and Good Wine’s review: “This pink covered book reads like a horrific thrill ride.”
Escape Through the Pages’ review: “I will definitely be checking out Danielle Vega’s other book The Merciless and recommend Survive the Night to anyone looking for a little creepy in their life.”
Interview with Danielle Vega
Describe Survive the Night in 140 characters or less!
When an illegal rave turns deadly, 5 teens must fight their way through the abandoned NYC subways while someone hunts them from the shadows.
Have you always been a horror fan? Do you prefer horror books or movies? What’s your favorite?
I have been a horror fan since I was a very tiny child. My mom never shielded me from scary movies and books, in fact she used to read me Stephen King to help me get to sleep. I can’t choose between books and movies—they’re too different and wonderful in their own special ways. Favorite horror novel is HOUSE OF LEAVES, favorite movie is SILENCE OF THE LAMBS.
Have you always wanted to be a writer? What’s your inspiration?
Yup, I’ve pretty much always wanted to be a writer. There really isn’t one person or career that I look to for inspiration, but I love hearing about other writers’ journeys. Recently, I found Amy Poehler’s honesty about the writing process in YES PLEASE very refreshing, and Stephen King’s ON WRITING is a classic for a reason. Writing is such a hard, weird, crazy job and I love hearing about how people end up doing it for a living. The stories are always good.
Do you have any must haves while you’re writing?
Coffee! I’ve also recently become addicted to Muji pens, and had a minor panic attack this morning when I thought I forgot it.
Can you share anything about what you’re currently working on?
I have a novel called BURNING coming out in April 2016 under the name Danielle Rollins—it’s been called Orange is the New Black meets Carrie. But the book I’m writing now is a secret! Be prepared for boys and bunnies and blood.