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What We Saw at Nightby Jacquelyn Mitchard
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Like the yearning, doomed young clones in Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go, three teenagers with XP (a life-threatening allergy to sunlight) are a species unto themselves. As seen through the eyes of 16-year-old Allie Kim, they roam the silent streets, looking for adventure, while others sleep. When Allie's best friend introduces the trio to Parkour, the stunt-sport of running and climbing off forest cliffs and tall buildings (risky in daylight and potentially deadly by darkness), they feel truly alive, equal to the "daytimers."
On a random summer night, while scaling a building like any other, the three happen to peer into an empty apartment and glimpse an older man with what looks like a dead girl. A game of cat-and-mouse ensues that escalates through the underground world of hospital confinement, off-the-grid sports, and forbidden love. Allie, who can never see the light of day, discovers she's the lone key to stopping a human monster.
"Bestselling author Mitchard launches the Soho Teen imprint with a contemporary thriller whose tension and excitement are tempered by coincidences, near misses, and credulity-stretching assumptions. Sixteen-year-old Allie Kim and her friends Juliet and Rob all suffer from xeroderma pigmentosum (XP), a fatal allergy to light. Their shortened lives must be lived in the dark. Luckily, they live in a quiet Lake Superior resort that hosts both rich people and a specialized XP clinic, so everything necessary for an unshackled nightlife is available. At Juliet's instigation, the trio takes up the acrobatic extreme sport of parkour. When Allie witnesses something disturbing during one of their midnight building-climbing jaunts, and a friend turns up dead, no one believes Allie's claim that the fault is not with adolescent recklessness, but a blonde sociopath she glimpsed through a window. Atmospheric, melancholy passages, especially at the outset, can be breathtaking, but as the improbable twists mount, subtler emotions are lost to momentary gasps of horror and lingering skepticism. A cliffhanger ending sets up a planned sequel. Ages 12 — up. Agent: Jane Gelfman, Gelfman Schneider Literary Agents. (Jan.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Allie Kim suffers from Xeroderma Pigmentosum: a fatal allergy to sunlight that confines her and her two best friends, Rob and Juliet, to the night. When freewheeling Juliet takes up Parkour—the stunt-sport of scaling and leaping off tall buildings—Allie and Rob have no choice but to join her, if only to protect her. Though potentially deadly, Parkour after dark makes Allie feel truly alive, and for the first time equal to the “daytimers.”
On a random summer night, the trio catches a glimpse of what appears to be murder. Allie alone takes it upon herself to investigate, and the truth comes at an unthinkable price. Navigating the shadowy world of specialized XP care, extreme sports, and forbidden love, Allie ultimately uncovers a secret that upends everything she believes about the people she trusts the most.
About the Author
Jacquelyn Mitchard is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Deep End of the Ocean, the very first Oprah Book Club pick, as well as more than twenty other critically acclaimed books for adults and teens. A nominee for several national and international awards, she served on the 2004 Fiction Jury for the National Book Award. In addition, she is a longtime journalist and regular contributor to Real Simple and Parade magazines.
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