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Dark Days Hardcover – June 3, 2014
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Gr 9 Up—In a dystopian future, 16-year-old Sia awakes with just fifteen days to live before her sector is destroyed and she is murdered by a cyborg army, along with everyone she knows. After climate change took out most of the living creatures on Earth, the remaining people were rounded up into sectors to keep them safe. Eventually, walls were built around the sectors, and a leader with a desire to create a New World emerged. This New World would be inhabited by only the best people, and everyone else would be destroyed. Sia's sector is dominated by constant reports of the horrors to come via television, and a digital clock with red numbers that counts down the days left to live, so she creates a short, four-item bucket list: swim in the lake, spend time with her parents, kiss a boy, and fall in love. In addition to checking off items on her list, the protagonist also participates in a rebellion against the cyborg army. With a half-baked plan for rebellion, a weak romance, and a countdown clock as a poorly disguised plot device, readers may not get lost in Sia's world. This title does not stand up to others in the genre, but if your teens absolutely can't get enough views of our potential future on this planet, consider making a place for this.—Heather Acerro, Rochester Public Library, MN
Chilling and all too plausible. . . . Readers are going to love Dark Days.” —Emma Pass, author of Acid
"Deadly cyborgs in the grimmest of worlds with a heroine who still dares to hope. The pages utterly flew by." —Elsie Chapman, author of the Dualed series
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In the month of June I had 3 Dystopian books I had to read to review: Branded, The Murder Complex and then Dark Days. And I am proud to report, did my usual issues with reading boos in the same genre back to back was not an issue. In fact I actually really enjoyed all 3 of them.
Dark Days is one of those books that grabs your attention from the very first page and keeps it to the very end. The whole idea of premise of the story is so enticing. What if you only had 15 days to live? How would you spend those days? Would you make a bucket list of things to get done? Stay closed off until the inevitable occurred or would you go out fighting? These are exactly the choices that Sia has to figure out.
In addition to the amazing action packed pace, but I really enjoyed about this story was Sia. She is faced with the the fact that she has only 15 days left to live before the government sends out cyborgs to end everyone but the chosen ones for the New World. She must figure out how to live the last days of the life. I loved the fact that she didn't just crawl up into a fetal position and wait for the inevitable. She is a fighter and tried to make the best of the days she had left and when the time came to fight for what she believed in, she fought harder then what was expected.
Some of the more negative reviews wanted more world building and more explanation to why things were happening. But I honestly enjoyed that aspect of it. This book is meant to be a stand alone therefore didn't need too much build up and unnecessary explanation of why things were the way they were. I loved that from page 1 we were immediately drawn into the sad and sometimes gory reality that is Sia's life.
If you're looking for a action packed dystopian that keeps you engaged throughout and has a great conclusion, than this is the book for you!
I had been looking forward to reading this book for quite some time, after reading the description. It sounded like a fresh and original dystopian novel with a strong female lead, tons of action, and a sexy romance mixed in. Although the book didn't really meet my expectations for it (which may have been a bit high to begin with), it certainly fulfilled the part of excitement and action. Sia was a good main character, if a bit cookie-cutter for the genre. She's smart, strong, determined to fight for what she believes in, etc. Mace, the love interest in the book, was another cliche to me. A gorgeous guy who is mysterious and who the "good girl" main character feels drawn to - and then it turns out that he's the one who will help her take it all down. It felt a bit too familiar and there wasn't enough distinctive personalities to allow me to connect with the characters. The plot was intense - it starts right off with the characters only having 15 days left before they all die a terrible death. The pace doesn't slow down from there - the book is full of action and fighting - with lots of tension. There were some original aspects to the plot - like the cyborgs. That was a new one that I haven't encountered lately and it made the book creepier and also more interesting. The main gist of the plot was pretty straight forward and mediocre, but I still found it entertaining and worth the read. The writing was well done - especially with the fast pace and the vivid details. I think that this book had a ton of potential, but the characters and some parts of the story line made if fall short. I'd still recommend it to fans of the genre along with those who enjoy science fiction and action novels.
Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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My only complaint with this book is I felt like the characters weren’t...Read more
A world divided according to sectors, but few are chosen to live in the New World. Sia Morgan got 15 days to live.Read more
Frightening cyborgs? Check.
Ticking clock? (Literally!) Check.
At least one amazing plot twist? Check.Read more