This Is the Night by Jonah Sirott is one of the hardest books that I’ve had to review this year. It is the debut novel of Jonah Sirott and I am not likely to pick up anymore of his books. After reading the description for this book, I thought it would be right up my alley but sadly it fell very short. I had a hard time getting into it and kept putting it down and reading other books that were more interesting; this happened more times than I can count. The writing was confusing in places and disjointed with the different viewpoints meshing together from chapter to chapter. I did not find myself liking any of the characters, which is a turn-off for me in any novel; I have to like at least one of the characters.
This Is the Night follows Lance, Lorrie, Alan, Joe, and Benny as they move through the Homeland and avoid being drafted to the never ending war that has been going on for twenty-odd years. The government has instituted a mandatory draft for all men once they turn eighteen. These teenagers are just trying to survive in a harsh world and make a living, as well as find love. These teens will do anything to survive and avoid going to war.
This Is the Night is full of heavy themes like racism, class divisions and poverty, mental health issues, corrupt politics, and a never ending war. Although the reader is never told much about the war and what started it.
This is yet another dystopian novel that was not a hit for me, although it might be for some. If you are looking to read about teenagers struggling and avoiding war, this is the book for you. Unfortunately, it was not for me.
Amanda loves spending time at home with her husband and their dog, Oreo. She loves reading, playing puzzle games, beading and watching movies. When she’s not reading, she’s working on her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing.
Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Little A. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.