Genres: Science Fiction, Post-Apocalyptic, Young Adult, Fantansy
I have received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I had to battle through this book to get it finished. It’s 221 pages long, but to me it felt like it would never be over. I wanted to give this book the fairest chance possible, but it didn’t work too well.
The New Dark tells the story of Sorrel, a girl living in a post-apocalyptic settlement of Amat, where there is no electrical energy, no currency, no internet. Those things are from the time Before. When she survives an attack by mutants and hides from them, a chain of events gets started – and she must be brave and face dangers if she wants to see her little brother Eli and her friend David ever again.
As I read the first pages of the book, I frowned, deeper and deeper. I sincerely couldn’t believe this was the post-editing version of the book – The New Dark felt amateurish in its writing from the very beginning, but to its credit it does get better as the book goes – which is why it got 2 stars instead of 1.
Sorrel is so absolutely impossible to cheer for – a brat with little talent for anything except being “special” because she has a birthmark. Literally, that is all. Throughout the whole book, it’s hammered into our brains how people think she’s special because she has a birthmark.
I also didn’t appreciate the girl-hate in the book, nor the pacing. It went way too fast, throwing names of characters that we hardly could care about before they were killed. The romance between Sorrel and David is also hardly more than some flirting in the beginning of the book, and then at some point he seems to become “the man she loves” although nothing really pointed to that at all.
I will end my rant-view here, because really, I could go on and on, but I think my point is made. With so many sci-fis, post-apocalyptic worlds, so many cool dystopian YAs, I think it’s not worth reading this series.
I do think the author has potential, she clearly has creativity, and a tendency to write dark stories, which I really like, so I don’t completely discard reading more from her in the future.