Nightfall by Isaac Asimov and Robert Silverberg

Nightfall: Isaac Asimov, Robert Silverberg: 9780553290998: Books

Nightfall is an expansion of the short story by the same name written by Asimov. Asimov has been quite a hit-or-miss author for me, and I hadn’t read anything by Silverberg before, so I was keen to know whether I’d like this one. And I did, mostly.

Nightfall is set on a planet with six suns. Because of the six suns, the planet is never in darkness, in fact, the idea of darkness is alien to the residents of the planet. At least, that is how it is, till a total eclipse is predicted. For the first time in thousands of years, the planet would be in darkness, and no one knows how people would react. Would they be driven to madness at the sight of the stars for the first time?

I loved the first half of this book. It describes how an unlikely group of people unite to find out about the eclipse and I thought that was really intriguing. The characters, who came from different backgrounds were all interesting and the ‘villains’ of sorts too proved to be intriguing as well. I did not enjoy the second half quite as much, but it was still engaging.

The plot of Nightfall is pretty predictable. Yet, I enjoyed reading it for the exploration of the world, the characters, and to see how everything gets tied up together.

Rating: 3.5/5


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