I need effortless writing and clear-as-day characters in my books. I look for writing that cuts right to the bone and language as precise as poetry. Jonah C. Sirott’s mesmerizing storytelling allowed me to imagine a country at war for twenty-five years, a place where everyone is painfully aware that time is ticking, because at age eighteen all men must report for duty. In This Is the Night, fighting is a way of life, and most people have long forgotten to question it. At the center of the novel is a love story between a young female war protester and a draft dodger who discovers that his fight against the regime has far greater consequences than he imagined.
The best speculative tales are gripping because they portray a parallel universe where life has gone awry. Human emotions and relationships are the same, but the rules of society are terribly twisted. That’s what I loved about this novel. Jonah’s memorable characters and their intricate, layered relationships are ultimately what drive this breathtaking novel to its fantastic, climactic ending.
- Carmen Johnson, Editor