Survive The Night by Danielle Vega Review


Stephen King meets Pretty Little Liars in this pulse-pounding novel from the author of The Merciless

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.”


I had so much hope for this book. First because The Merciless by Danielle Vega was so amazing, and secondly because the cover is one of my favorite covers in a long time. However once I got into the story, I found myself lacking the love for it that I had for The Merciless. Survive the Night follows a new set of characters, so I knew it wasn’t going to be related but I had hope the shock and thrill value of The Merciless would be there, but I felt that Survive the Night lacked that for me. I mean Survive the Night had a good amount of suspense throughout the story, but it wasn’t the kind that had me sitting on the edge of my seat. Maybe I felt this way because the character Aya is constantly saying “We’re all going to die” over and over and over that it got annoying and I had to keep putting the book down to get away from that character. If there was a way for my to kill off a character whenever I wanted, she would of been gone the first time she said that. She ended up being a broken record.

Now, a big issue that I had with Survive the Night, it that for most of the story you think there is some kind of serial killer type character following around our group of characters, but when you get towards the end you find out what it is really going on. I was hoping for a strong finish, but the end/what really was happening just felt very lackluster for me. I wish I could say exactly what happened, but I am keeping this spoiler free.

Over all, I am giving Survive the Night 3/5 stars. Overall I liked most of the characters, the backstories of the characters were great as well, but Aya, the end and overall lack of suspense didn’t hold up to what I was expecting of Survive the Night.

About the Author:

Danielle VegaDanielle Vega spent her childhood hiding under the covers while her mother retold tales from the pages of Stephen King novels. Now an adult, she can count on one hand the number of times in her life she’s been truly afraid. Danielle has won numerous awards for her fiction and nonfiction, and earned a 2009 Pushcart Prize nomination for her short story “Drive.” She lives in Brooklyn.

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