Pull Down the Night (The Suburban Strange #2)
Publication: 8th October 2013
Publisher: HMH Books For Young Readers
Age Appropriate:Young Adult
This year at Suburban High School is just as troubling as the last. A curly-haired girl ghost is disrupting lives with dreaded “kiss notes,” and students are inexplicably sinking into depression. Bruno—the new kid on the block—finds himself at the center of the mystery when he discovers his natural map-reading abilities are actually supernatural. When the reluctant hero isn’t engaged in cosmic battles against evil, Bruno is swooning over the mesmerizing Celia (from The Suburban Strange) and navigating the goth sensibilities and musical obsessions of the Rosary, her über-chic clique. A hypnotic coming-of-age novel that chills and thrills.
Pull Down The Night is the second book in The Suburban Strange series by Nathan Kotecki.
I really enjoyed this book so much more than the first one, I found that I liked Bruno the lead protagonist in this book more than I did Celia the lead in The Suburban Strange, and while Celia is a main supporting lead here, I think I prefer reading about her character this way, I didn't really relate to her or find her that interesting the first time around which didn't help, Bruno was more intriguing and he wasn't a clone the way I felt Celia tended to be.
It's a new year at Suburban High and Bruno and his brother Sylvio are new students, on their first day they attract the attention of the 'Rosary' a clique which was a main component in the first book, with three of the six members now off at college, it's up to Celia, Marco and Regine to keep it going.
Throughout the book Bruno finds out he is a 'Kind', a person who has a special ability that uses them for good unlike the 'Unkind' who use their's for bad, with Celia as his Ambassador he has the ability to memorize maps, buildings and shortcuts which leads him to his main power which he will gain once he fulfills his first admonition (a task written in verse which he has to decipher in order to complete it).
With another year of strange occurences, student's are receiving 'kiss notes', which contain a day, time and place, which usually result in students discovering their boyfriend/girlfriend cheating on them at that exact time and place on the note given to them by a ghost of a character from the first book, whom I was very glad to see and was upset when this character was killed off.
With a new mystery on the last page of this book I look forward to the third instalment to see what happens next and whether we have ourselves a new lead character or one of the two that we've already had.
This series seems to be improving with each new release, and I eagerly await next year.
I give this 4/5 Stars.
Nathan Kotecki lives in North Carolina. He is also the author of The Suburban Strange.