By: Lorraine Thomson
Length: 187 pages
She thought she knew who she was and where she came from. Then her home was destroyed. Her little brother gone. Her boyfriend taken. She owed her own survival to a mutant – the very forces behind the destruction that has ripped her life apart. Now Sorrel will never be the same again.
There is no “Before”, there is only “Now”. Because now there’s no internet, no TV, no power grid. Food is scarce, and the world’s a hostile place. But Sorrel lives a quiet life in the tiny settlement of Amat. It’s all she’s ever known …
Until a gang of marauding mutants destroys the village, snatching her brother Eli, and David, the boy she loves. Sorrel sets out after them, embarking on a journey fraught with danger, spurred on by the thought of Eli and David out there somewhere, desperate for her help …
TO BE RELEASED NOVEMBER 1ST 2017
I was very fortunate enough to receive this book through NetGalley. Remember I mentioned NetGalley not long ago in this Blog —> For the love of ebooks.
Nitty gritty time it is. While the synopsis is amazing and draws you in don’t expect too much beyond that and the beautiful eye-catching cover. Yes the book was okay, I finished it after all. But it really is a big mess. The story jumps quickly between scenes, and takes so many turns it’s hard to keep straight.
While it starts of very strong and promising after about 4 chapters is rolls downhill to a become a big cluster of mish mosh. Through the whole book I kept thinking that sounds so similar to the Razorland trilogy and Ann Aguirre. There is no real explanation to explain why the world has fallen into such despair or what’s the cause for the “mutants” . Use that term lightly because as it seems they are just people born with severe birth defects who were not killed after birth.
In The New Dark there are several communities, Amat ( people who live secluded & live off the land), Free ( Cult like, think FLDS type), Mutants (people born with defects) and the people of Dinawl (people who live in a crappy rundown city who buy people who don’t live in Dinawl, also lives among the mutant). The way that they are all thrown in together just turns into a horrid updated version of an underground railroad effect. Actually all the people come off as just ignorant of each other’s lifestyle.
Now onto our cast line up, Thomson doesn’t really give you an age of her characters so you kind of have to wing it. While many of the characters come off as being in their late teens, the “mutants” tend to give of an older vibe of my early 30’s, while the people in the Free come off as all ages. Even with all that everyone seems to have a scene when they are acting as a toddler, with the exception of Eli who is actually a toddler.
The relationship development between the characters is just painful, and not like painful as in they physically or emotionally hurt each other ( they do that too) but painful as in they all seem to struggle with any kind of empathy while all seeming to come off at Self absorbed in their own quest.
While the storyline is confusing that is mainly due to the back and forth POV between multiple characters with no indication as to whom the next chapter is going to be about. Weather it jumps from Sorrel (our heroine) and David (love of her life), Occasionally you’ll be thrown a POV of a secondary character as well. After a few sentences into the chapter you’re able to decipher and put it into order of where in the timeline you are. As with the swapping of POV the storyline is also retold and you get to find out if your ahead or behind the POV you were just reading.
So with all that being said the Thomson did an amazing job creating the scenes, really making them come alive. As I said in the beginning it starts out amazing with an epic battle scene that takes places.
The book was ok, there were a lot of great scenes the structure of how the story was told, the multiple POV and the guessing of where in the timeline you are made it very difficult to read and follow.
The books also just kind of ends. Now I know this is supposed to be a trilogy and this is just book 1, but there wasn’t even a cliff hanger to make you want to continue. It just kind of ended on a very flat not in the POV of a secondary character, which I found very odd.
While I applaud the dynamics of the scene creations, the book left me very underwhelmed.