Sunday, August 10, 2014

Dark Days by Kate Ormand Book Review


Genre: Young Adult, Dystopia, Science Fiction
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Published Date: June 3rd, 2014
Edition: Kindle, 256 pages
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss
 The future world has been divided into sectors--each the same as the other. Surrounded by thick steel fences, there is no way in and no way out. Yet a cyborg army penetrates each sector, picking off its citizens one by one, until no one is left. Behind the sectors' thick walls, the citizens wait to die. Few will be chosen to survive what's coming; the rest will be left behind to suffer. A new world has been created, and its rulers are incredibly selective on who will become a citizen. They want only those with important roles in society to help create a more perfect future.

Sixteen-year-old Sia lives in one of the sectors as part of a family that is far too ordinary to be picked to live. According to the digital clock that towers high above her sector, she has only fifteen days to live. Sia has seen the reports and knows a horrific death is in store for her, but she is determined to make the most of her final days. Sia refuses to mourn her short life, instead promising herself that she'll stay strong, despite being suffocated by her depressed mother and her frightened best friend. Just when Sia feels more alone than ever, she meets Mace, a mysterious boy. There is something that draws Sia to him, despite his dangerousness, and together, they join a group of rebels and embark on an epic journey to destroy the new world and its machines, and to put an end to the slaughter of innocent people.

I don't know about this one. I wasn't wowed by it but I didn't hate it. The idea is not very original but it was sort of interesting. 

Sia lives in a world where everything is separated by sectors but now there is a new man in charge, Damien Hoist (who is very much like Snow, from the Hunger Games, in all his cool, controlling aloofness.) Damien Hoist has created a new world, and very, very, few are being allowed to live in it. He's made it so a select few are being taken into the new world, and unfortunately Sia's family isn't one of them. So, she's left with about two weeks to live before the undesirables are offed.

After all of that is announced, Sia decides to live the rest of her days how she wants to. On a trip to the supermarket she meets, Mace. She then becomes a rebel of sorts and they hatch a plan to  fight off a cyborg army (like the grievers in Maze Runner) that threatens the very lives of those left in the sectors but only in fifteen days.

I have to admit, I'm writing this review, and I'm seeing the similarities, but then again, maybe it's just me. Anyway, it was a fairly quick read but there were a few things that made it hard to truly enjoy and connect with.

Instalove being the main reason. There wasn't much time before the MC fell in love with the dangerous boy she'd just met. Maybe it was his bad boy appeal or his looks. I wouldn't know there wasn't much said about how he looked, as far as his physical appearance is concerned.

But, she couldn't stop thinking about him after their first encounter. *sigh* Okay, so, that's not so hard to believe but there was no time to truly get to know the characters. There was a severe lack of character development (the other reason) which wouldn't have bothered me so much but it didn't help the romance at all. It was just like okay, they have this thing in common, they're young, put them together, and now they love each other. 

That sort of sucked but the highlight of the book was the gore-y ending/battle. There was some action towards the end which helped the book. I'm not sure that I'd recommend it but I won't say don't read it. I know, so helpful but, yeah.

1 comment:

  1. I debated about whether to read this and now I'm glad I didn't. Lack of character development, similar plot to other books, and insta-love…yeah, I don't think I'm missing anything. Thanks for the honest review! ~Pam