I keep saying it over and over, but I really enjoy different dystopian settings that different authors come up with. So I am always on the lookout for new apocalyptic stand alones or series, and more often than not, they are quite disappointing.
In The New Dark we didn’t learn what happened to the world and why the civilization as we know was gone. There were snippets of what life was like for the characters and we saw the existence of mutants, but we weren’t given a lot of information just yet regarding WHY everything had changed so drastically.
“She thought she knew who she was and where she came from.Then her home was destroyed. Her brother lost amongst the ashes. And the boy she loves vanished. She owed her own survival to a mutant — the very forces behind the destruction. 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, her boyfriend. Sorrel sets out after them, embarking on a journey fraught with danger. Can she survive? The only thing that keeps her going is Eli and David. They are out there somewhere. They must be alive. And if she has her way, she will find them.
You know when you dislike a book from the very first pages? It can be either the characters, the dialogue, writing, anything at all can trigger a certain hatred in me and after that point there is basically no return.
I tell myself time and time again to stop reading once I get this feeling and pick up another book, or else I am risking myself getting into a reading slump, but there is always this voice in my head – Read just a couple more chapters, it might get better. You shouldn’t DNF the book just yet. Give it one more try.
And I end up reading all of it and quietly hating myself for it.
What was the turning point of this book?
This first sentence:
Sorrel watched as David skinned the bats, enjoying the way the muscles in his arms flexed as he worked. She resisted the urge to lean over and run her fingers over his skin.
There are so many YA dystopian books that I love, but when a book begins with a cringey line about someone else’s muscles, it is definitely not something I enjoy.
But I was stubborn and pushed through to get to the better parts, to get to survival and adventure. However none of those lived to my expectations.
I enjoyed the arc about Sorrel held in the camp, it was giving some Walking Dead vibes, but as a character she wasn’t interesting to follow. Things just happened to her and nothing was from her incentive. She ran away, she stood and watch someone being killed. Let’s just say, she wasn’t the hero kind of character.
I gave this book 2 stars and that was only because I enjoyed a couple scenes from the book, but would not pick up it again or continue reading the series. Thank you NetGalley and Bastei Entertainment for a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!
If you have read this book, let me know what you thought. I feel like there are a lot of mixed opinions about it and I’d be glad to hear other points of view!
With love, Alex