2021 · dystopia · science fiction

Book Review: These Violent Nights by Rebecca Crunden

Thanks to the author for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Title: These Violent Nights

Author: Rebecca Crunden


Once upon a time, inhabitants of another world tore a hole through the universe and came to Earth. They called themselves Suriias, and rivalled humans in knowledge and skill with one great exception: they had magic.

War followed. Humanity lost. And three hundred years later, humans are on the brink of extinction.

Orphans Thorn and Thistle live in hiding. They are the last of their families, the last of their friends. They scrape by, stealing to survive and living on the streets or hiding in sheds. But even under the brutal regime of the Suriias, there are places where humans can mingle in secret with magical sympathisers, and one night Thistle gets an unexpected offer of marriage from a Suriia with high standing and friends in all the right places. For Thistle, it’s a chance at safety and comfort; for Thorn, it’s a chance to find the ones who killed her parents.

And so the pair move into the capital city of Courtenz. An urban monstrosity of magic and might, false friends and flying cars, drones and death tolls, the new city promises a fresh start – and new love – for both.

But if there’s one thing Thorn knows for certain, it’s that dreams can swiftly turn into nightmares.


Rating: 4 out of 5.

These Violent Nights is a dystopian book set in a post-apocalyptic setting following two orphans, Thorn and Thistle. Life didn’t treat them well because they lost everything they had and are now left alone and in hiding. Thorn is determined to avenge her parents and will do anything to achieve that.

I was introduced to Rebecca Crunden’s writing last year when I read her book Touch of Death. One thing I have to say about her writing is that’s she’s an amazing dystopian writer who writes very interesting and fast paced books.

Although dystopia is not my favorite genre, I liked this book because it touches upon other topics such as relationships (both friendship and romance) and trauma which was interesting to me.

I loved that there are multiple points of view, that part always brings more depth and perspective to the whole story.

I enjoyed the main characters, my favorite one being of course Thorn, and her friendship with Thistle.

The book is fairly long, 600+ pages, but it’s fast paced and very interesting so you go through it quite quickly. To summarize, I really enjoyed it and I would recommend it to readers who like fast paced dystopia.

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