Genre: SciFi/Dystopian, Young Adult
Number of Pages: 314
Publication Date: June 20, 2015
A thousand years has passed since the darkness fell upon the world. Now it is up to the vicars of the light to keep peace and stability in the new world.
Orah, Nathaniel, and Thomas have been the best of friends since childhood. However, the day that Thomas is taken away to go through the teaching in order to fully understand the darkness (aka – instill fear), everything begins to shift. Now, Nathaniel and Orah face a similar fate, and they learn a terrible truth that their leaders have been hiding from them.
The three friends embark on a dangerous journey to the keep. They determined to understand what the vicars have been hiding all these years. But, will they be able to share the truth without endangering themselves and the ones the love?
My first thoughts? Absolutely amazing! In this well-written Dystopian read, the author has created a unique post-apocalyptic world that kept me interested the entire length of the novel. The plot is perfectly timed with enough anticipation (Will the teenage friends make it the keep? What will they learn while there? How will this apply to their lives? Will the vicars catch them?) enough calming moments that the reader can just simply enjoy.
The three central characters, Orah, Nathaniel, and Thomas, are all likable in their own way. Though each are portrayed with a distinct personality, the three mesh well together and have realistic traits that many can find at least one relatable. To be honest, Orah reminded me a Hermione Granger with her wit, smarts, and resourcefulness. For me, having a character similar traits to one of my all-time favorite female leads is a plus!
There is a religion aspect played throughout the book. After all, the vicars are the ones in charge and encourage everyone to pray to light and do not fall into the darkness. Praying and worshiping the light is something taught at a very young age, and no one is supposed to question it. When the three friends reveal the truth, let’s just say, they cause a bit of a ruckus between the balance of religion and the structure of the societies built in this world.
Overall, I loved every minute of this read and cannot wait to read the next one!
I received a free copy of this book from the JGBS Review Library in exchange for my honest review. My opinions are my own and no compensation was received.