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Beware the Night Jessika Fleck

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When her world divides, Veda must fight against injustice—and the boy she loves.

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On the island of Bellona, they worship the sun. Seventeen-year-old Veda Adeline understands that keeping the sun content ensures plentiful crops, civilian peace and harmony, and a thriving commerce. But as a member of the Basso class, she never reaps those benefits.

Life as a Basso is one fraught with back-breaking work and imposing rules. Her close friendship with Nico is Veda’s one saving grace in a cruel world where the division between her people and the ruling Dogio is as wide and winding as the many canals that snake through their island.

But when Veda’s grandfather is chosen as the next sacrificial offering to keep the sun’s favor, his dying words force Veda to see the injustice of Bellonian society. Turning away from the sun means she must join the night—and an underground revolution she’s been taught to fear all her life.

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He jumps. Despite knowing what he knows and despite his hands are tied, Vance jumps. He flails and sputters at the water’s surface.

The door, our window down the Offering Canal that leads to the Great Sea, is cranked closed. The ear-piercing scraping of metal on metal, overtakes the silent dome, accenting the small boy’s last moments.

Vance barely makes it past the edge of the island, his lifeless body carried by the current out to open water.

As the door closes and the canal drains, the crowd stands, applauding, praising the day’s Offering.

Forcing my eyes to swallow back tears, I stand out of respect, expectation, but can’t begin to bring my hands together. I scan the blurred faces across the dome from me, straining to find Nico. But it’s no use, there are too many to sift through.

This is the first Offering I’ve attended without him by my side in longer than I care to remember. I realize having Nico near had kept me calm. An empty hopelessness consumes me, the weight of the world, or maybe just that of a five-year-old boy, folds my chest in on itself.

I glance up toward the High Regent’s balcony to gauge his reaction. He’s vanished.

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Praise

“The story is different and amazingly entertaining, with characters that draw you in and make it impossible to put the book down. A mixture of The Hunger Games and Throne of Glass.” —Claire Keiffer

“I was enthralled with this story. I enjoyed everything about it: the details of the culture, the back story, the twists, the dialogue, and definitely the ROMANCE!” —MJBC

“The author has a true voice. Veda is interesting and has depth. Fleck writes in layers, leaving nothing unsurfaced.” —Tricia Norling

“I love it and I'm desperate to read the next one! It's like a cross between The Hunger Games and Divergent.” —BirdBeast03

“A gripping read, start to finish. The world-building feels whole, the action is fast-paced, and I can't wait to read more from this author!” —Daisy

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106 comments on "Beware the Night"

John Clark on Feb. 7, 2017, 3:41 p.m. said:

John Clark


Excellent plotting and characters. Hope there's already a sequel in the works.

Hunger Games.

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NekoTheCat on Feb. 1, 2017, 12:07 a.m. said:

NekoTheCat


This reminds me extremely strongly of the Hunger Games

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autolink908 on Jan. 21, 2017, 8:57 p.m. said:

autolink908


I liked the plot of the story, but I feel as though a lot of things were still unsaid and unresolved in this book.

I would compare this story to Divergent or Hunger Games.

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Jessika Fleck on Jan. 22, 2017, 8:09 p.m. said:

Jessika Fleck


Thanks so much for reading! :)

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John Clark on Jan. 21, 2017, 8:08 p.m. said:

John Clark


I'm intrigued and eager to read on.

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autolink908 on Jan. 19, 2017, 9:14 p.m. said:

autolink908


So far I think this story is very interesting and some sort of mystery on its own.

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Ricky Pine on Jan. 19, 2017, 2:44 a.m. said:

Ricky Pine


Well, this was a super-fast read, as I expected. It does suffer a bit from having too many seemingly recycled story elements from other dystopians - Hunger Games, Red Queen, even An Ember In The Ashes, a bit - but its deft combination of low fantasy and social commentary make it worth it. I'm sure this book would go over well for not dipping into the "all fantasy must be pseudo-British" well, with the Chelatians having a Spanish-sounding language and Nico's people sounding like descendants of both Nordic and East Asian people. I'd like to hope that the condemnation of racism in-universe shines through when this book is published, although given what's happened with Carve the Mark, it might backfire and still come across as racist to PoC readers. (Especially the use of the word "Mongblod," which sounds a little too much like not only "mongrel," but also a certain outdated word for Asian people.) That said, I'm not qualified to judge the book as racist myself.

Veda and Nico, however, make for quite the battle couple, and they really keep the story going. After Shardwell from Between Takes, I think I've got a new potential candidate for Most Shippable SwoonReads Couple. (Vico? Neda? What do we call them?)

And that ending. Dear God, I need a second book just to know what happens to one of my faves!

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Jessika Fleck on Jan. 19, 2017, 8:36 p.m. said:

Jessika Fleck


Thank you so much for your thoughtful feedback and for reading the book! Truly appreciated. I love that you enjoyed Veda and Nico! I'm thinking... Ved-Co? Or does it sound too gas station-y? Lol. ;)

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Ricky Pine on Jan. 21, 2017, 3:02 a.m. said:

Ricky Pine


You're welcome! And yeah...Vedco sounds more like a gas station than a proper ship name. At least they're not as hard to portmanteau as Katniss and Peeta, though. XD

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Katherine.Martinez on Jan. 18, 2017, 9:34 p.m. said:

Katherine.Martinez


Love it so far!

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