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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Review: In Darkness

Title: In Darkness
Series: No
 Genre: Young Adult-Contempoary
Author: Nick Lake
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Release Date: January 17, 2012
Book: ARC sent by publisher

"Bloomsbury is proud to be the global publisher of In Darkness, a stunning tour-de-force set in the aftermath of a devastating earthquake. "Shorty" is a Haitian boy trapped in the ruins of a hospital when the earth explodes around him. Surrounded by lifeless bodies and growing desperately weak from lack of food and water, death seems imminent. Yet as Shorty waits in darkness for a rescue that may never come, he becomes aware of another presence, one reaching out to him across two hundred years of history. It is the presence of slave and revolutionary leader Toussaint L'Ouverture, whose life was marred by violence, and whose own end came in darkness. What unites a child of the slums with the man who would shake a troubled country out of slavery? Is it the darkness they share . . . or is it hope?

Raw, harrowing, and peopled with vibrant characters, In Darkness is an extraordinary book about the cruelties of man and nature, and the valiant, ongoing struggle for a country's very survival."

WOW! What a book! I have never read an introduction to a book that is so jaw dropping intense! I had no choice but to keep reading!!

In history class, I always learned about US history of slaves. We did learn some things about the UK, but not about it's slave history. After finishing the book and reading the author notes, I'm very happy that even though this was a work of fiction, it did include some real people. The characters in this book felt so real while reading it that it takes your breathe away. Mr. Lake weaves a beautiful story of darkness and survival. Mr. Lake paints vivid images with his writing so the reader see and feels everything!!

What I enjoyed most about the book is the great characters in it that make a major impact not only in their lives but in the lives around them. Both Shorty and Toussaint faced a great ordeal in their lives yet they wanted a change. At first, I couldn't see the connection between these two characters. Mr. lake wrote two similar stories with two different eras. All revolving around the same thing. Some of the events in story made me cringe. To feel and see what they went through just broke my heart.

This book is one amazing story. With a powerful beginning, the darkness of the world evades the readers mind. Dark and gritty, this book truly open your eyes.

I give it 4 BITES!

Happy Reading!


  1. This sounds interesting. I know very little about Haiti or UK slavery - other than that it happened. Sounds like a good book to learn about history.

    1. Same here Alison. I was glad to read a story so full of rich history :)

  2. This cover is freaky! I haven't seen much about this book but you make it sound pretty good I like how you describe the characters especially!

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    1. Giselle, characters are easy to step into. Everything is describe so vividly it's like your there. I hope you get to read it :)

  3. This book sounds AMAZING. I think I may have to get this one--great review! It's nice that books sometimes live up to their hype.

  4. Oh wow... I wouldn't have guessed the book was that good with the cover. The characters sound so good as does the writing. I will be putting it on my wishlist!

  5. Oh, fiction is always so much for interesting when real life events are included. Thanks for letting me know about this book.


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