Follow Me Through Darkness (1) (The Boundless Trilogy) Paperback – October 21, 2014
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From School Library Journal
“A tense, thrilling journey through a richly layered world. The start of what is sure to be a fascinating trilogy." ~ Kristen Simmons, Article 5 series(Kristen Simmons, Article 5 series)
“A heart-stopping adventure with characters you will follow anywhere." ~ Marie Rutkoski, The Winner’s Curse(Marie Rutkoski, The Winner’s Curse)
“Follow Me Through Darkness has all of the trappings of today's YA favorites: a dystopian setting, a love triangle, and a girl heroine.” Jennifer Furuyama, Pendleton Public Library, OR; School Library Journal(Jennifer Furuyama, Pendleton Public Library, OR; School Library Journal)
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The story itself is very interesting. Neely is a part of a world that's build to maintain perfection so that the human race won't end like it did previously. She lived under the rule of Embers' that have been telling everyone lies about people that are still out there, behind the walls. But when she finds documents that say they have a plan for her, she fakes her death and runs away in hopes of saving everyone.
Where do I start. The story itself was very mesmerizing but the way it was formatted is what I found to be very irritable. There is no order in which the book is written so you either have the present time in which Neely is traveling to find her answers or you have different fragments of her past. I like to see the difference in the time frames but not when they go randomly from 4 years in the past to ten days and everything in between...
Neely is weird. She has a "twin" who she loves (yes, in that sense. & no, they're not actually related to each other) who she's obsessed with. So she basically travels all over the country to try to save him and then BAM! Ha you're just gonna have to read it to find out ;)
My final thought? Meh, it's alright. Could have been better but if you have time to waste, check it out.
One of my favourite things to do is start a new YA series – and “Follow me through Darkness” by Danielle Ellison turned out to be one of the best for me of the last year, extremely readable, very well constructed and some great characters to follow along with.
When we first meet Neely she is on a journey through a dark underground tunnel and the story immediately draws you in, making you eager to find out what she is doing there and why. Using present time and flashback to various times in her life a picture slowly starts to build of life in a compound, protected from the outside ravaged world, yet hinting that the greatest danger may well lie within…
There are various levels to the tale, it is definitely an adventure, kind of a YA Road movie in novel form, as we follow Neely on her travels – there is also romance and intrigue and some particularly excellent world building that will keep you turning the pages, indeed I read the first half of this in one sitting.
The tension slowly building, as the clock counts down (you’ll have to read to find out why), it flows along at a pitch perfect pace giving you hints of what is to come – and the ending will leave you wanting more immediately.
One thing I did REALLY like about this one was the romance angle, which can be fairly generic in tales of this kind. In this case however, whilst Danielle Ellison has given us the YA “love triangle” in one sense, she has put a little twist on it that gave it a definite edge for me and made it much more engaging and fascinating overall.
Well written and addictive, I would definitely highly recommend this for fans of the YA Dystopia genre.
Happy Reading Folks!
**Source: Netgalley UK**
The elders have kept some secrets, like wanting to do mine control. Why? Oh just for their own use of course. And the destroyed and dangerous land on the outside? Well it's not as crazy bad as it may seem, plus there is actual land out there. So Neely goes into plan mode. She needs to find a way out and with just a little over a month, she better hurry. Who knows if she will find a way or if she is caught. She just needs to know its the right thing to escape and find a way to save the others. But know that she knows what is really going on, trust is going to be hard and must be earned. She is going to need help getting away, but who can help her?
Neely is strong and amazing. This book is great and gives you strong emotions that just keeps you wanting to keep on reading and enjoying every minute of it. Danielle did a really great job on this ant I can't wait to read more!