Now, if you aren't into fast-paced thrillers, know that this book probably isn't for you. However, if you are a lover of staying up late at night so that you can finish just one more page, then this is definitely a winner. Like all good thrillers, this book has you constantly asking questions and searching to find answers with the protagonists (who you forget are actually just teens about halfway through) up until the very last page. As for the ending, well...let's just say we're glad that there is buzz of a sequel.
We actually got to sit down with Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski, the authors of this up-and-coming young adult novel. We chatted with the authors about everything from their fascination with the eeriness of darkness to what they personally think of their newfound fame in the YA industry.
Having made a career out of writing as an author, radio producer, as well as a journalist for well-known publications like The New Yorker and Entertainment Weekly, Jake told us that pausing to write a fast-paced YA series was something that he had always wanted to do, but never taken the time to do until one day, "My wife called me out. She basically made it to where I had to do what I had always talked about and dreamed about doing."
And how does one come up with the idea of a killer teen novel in which things literally go bump in the night?
As for how the two are handling the fame and success now that their novel is one of this year's most anticipated YA thrillers and a New York Times bestseller?
"It's definitely weird going from me and Peter telling each other stories to your editor and the publishing house being in on the process," Jake said. "We love going on the road and promoting the book, but for me, going back to the beginning...writing and sharing ideas with Peter...that, to me, is the best part."
"Ask me again in six months! It's all very new," Peter remarked with a laugh. "It's a transition, but I'm loving it so far."
The two authors also had some amazing advice for anyone looking to get into the YA fictional writing scene. "Don't be afraid of rejection or failure...and write every single day," Peter responded almost immediately.
"Don't write YA with 'kid gloves',"Jake added. "Write the story the way you'd write it for an adult, the way you'd want someone to write it for you."
Look out for Nightfall in stores now or online, and while you're at it, grab a blanket and a flashlight - you're gonna need it.