Into the Darkness: Darkness Falls Series, Book One Kindle Edition
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- Book 1 of 3 in Darkness Falls Series (3 Book Series)
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"I have only recently discovered Kira and her work, but in a short spaceof time have read a lot of her books, and was very excited about beingable to read an arc of this title, Into the Darkness. I can honestlysay I absolutely loved this book, I didn't put it down at all and readit all in one sitting, I don't want to give any spoilers but was hookedfrom the start really." - Tina P., Amazon Reviewer
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>Into the Darkness
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- File Size : 1263 KB
- Print Length : 290 pages
- Publisher : Kira Adams (November 13, 2014)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00PLZRL7E
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publication Date : November 13, 2014
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,419,322 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This is an easy read and I was devouring it, however there was just too many issues in this for me. Starting with the pacing, it moves way too fast to even know how much time has gone by between scenes or chapters. The way it was written, one minute the virus breaks out and then the next paragraph one of the main characters escapes in a car and is already worrying that it might have spread to his family. Um, how? It just happened in this one building you were in and you escaped, how the heck could it reach your family already? Especially since it first broke out in Area 51 and you were there to see it.
The actions of characters and the scenes in the story just don't match, causing it to not flow right for me. Like when the outbreak finally reached the outside world and then the next chapter all of a sudden they're all badass and know how to survive in this zombie infested world. The transition just didn't feel right. Nothing in this book felt right.....
What definitely didn't feel right was the silly love triangle or the romance in general. It felt like Phoenix just met Cullen and didn't trust him and then the next paragraph they're having relationship drama.....Like, what?
You just met and now all of a sudden you have crazy feelings for each other. Phoenix was so hot and cold, one minute she's into him and the next she can't trust him and I'm like "But you just met each other two chapters ago! How the heck are you having relationship drama?".....it got to me as you can see....
Seriously, throughout I was trying to figure out how much time went by between chapters or even paragraphs. Transitioning between scenes was like whiplash, it never felt right and it annoyed me. I seriously feel like it needs to go through another round of edits just to fix the pacing problem.
Overall I was hoping for an awesome zombie read but instead I got.....well, it definitely wasn't awesome. I don't know what I was expecting, that summary tells nothing of the book but just how the characters feel and what they were like before the outbreak and the outbreak happens very early in the book, so yeah. Also, this became really repetitive once the virus happened and I couldn't help but roll my eyes. I also knew who the traitor was in the group so it bugged me that Phoenix didn't realize sooner, it was so obvious.
There’s so much more than I’m going to go into here. Needless to say that our little group has something special that many want to get their hands on and they will stop at nothing to get their hands on it.
I liked the story well enough. My problem with it is the pacing. It’s pretty choppy for me and sometimes a character that’s with them isn’t mentioned for several chapters. This makes me wonder if they’re still with them or if they’d died or whatever, and suddenly their there again. Otherwise, the story is good and has lots of promise.
This is the first book I’ve read by Ms. Adams. I’ve heard about several of her others being tear-jerkers and I’m not a fan of springing leaks. I am glad to say that this one doesn’t invite tears, however, so if you’re like me, this is a boon for you too!
I got this free on Amazon for a limited time and I would like to thank the author for making that possible. So here's my honest review...
It was fast paced and a page turner. Even though this is another zombie/apocalyptic story, we have characters from different walks of life who banded together to survive.
Initially there's Ike from the US government, then Phonix, a random rebellious girl who later finds out she's adopted, Rian, Phoenix's sister, and other characters we meet along the way. There's a sudden outbreak and the story stems from there. It's the government's actions that came to bite them in the ass.
I admire the concept and zombies, or their term, "biters" aren't the only enemy. There were also the Denegerates (yes, spelled with a capital D), whom are former prisoners trying to take over the world (the US).
Said prisoners were released in the hopes that they could be infected and eventually perish; unfortunately they're smart and could survive so Phoenix and the gang needed to stay away from them as well.
So I was wondering why Ike and Phoenix didn't arm in any way at least one or two of the Degenerates. I mean come on! Didn't they have weapons?! I just felt that it's stupid to just let them loot and get away cause its a dog eat dog world in those trying times.
Due to certain events, Phoenix has become reckless and stupid. Specially when she really wasn't in the proper condition to drive and she insisted. She made out to be a super girl in this novel after surviving the outbreak, being a natural at swords and other weapons, and most importantly being immune to the bite. I gotta warn you folks that this one has a cliffhanger.
The writing style was simple and concise, so it was easy to finish. The action scenes weren't quite polished, there's a potential romance between Phoenix and another guy which felt forced, just to give some romance at a time of war, something to that effect.
For those looking for a more exciting read similar to this genre, I highly recommend Jonathan Maberry.
The reason I'm giving this a 4 star instead of 5 is the number of times I saw things like "Cullen and me", or "Rian and me". It Should be "Cullen and I", "Rian and I", etc.
Top reviews from other countries
A story about zombies is an instant winner in my eyes!!
I thought it would a run of the mill Zombie book but I was wrong. Think The walking Dead meets Z Nation.
Into the Darkness has a good plot with a few interesting ideas, the opening to the book really hooks you in and draws you right into the action. It's less about the biters and more about six people's fight for survival in a world drastically changed when an unknown virus breaks out and brings the dead back to life. Phoenix and her fellow survivors face a tough fight if they want to fight not only against the biters but also against the "degenerates", people who were freed from prisons, in order to use the space to try and contain the virus.
There a few enjoyable characters and few less than enjoyable. The story itself is pretty good, with a few plot twists to keep things interesting. It's fast paced but therein lies the issue for me. I felt it wasn't very detailed, lacking any meat to the actual story itself. I would have preferred something a little more indepth and some parts felt a little rushed.
Overall though I really enjoyed it and I am always intrigued to see which direction these zombie stories take, so I will definitely be picking up the next book.
Be warned though, this book ends on a cliffhanger and I can not wait to see what happens.
It was very difficult to read. The first two chapters introduce us to Ike and Phoenix and both of these chapters are written in the first person with Ike and Phoenix both being referred to us I. A little way into the story they meet and then Phoenix is I and Ike wasn’t and I found it very difficult to work out who was saying /doing what as I had got used to both of them being in the first person and now one was in the third person.
In addition the early stages of plot were to my mind confusing and not at all joined up and the characterisation and interaction was poor. For example we are introduced to Phoenix as a someone who is sneaking out of her parents house to hook up with a blind date with the sole intention of getting so drunk that she can have sex with the date but not remember any of it. Then as the outbreak starts she becomes as a relatively calm survivor who (despite the hangover and linger affects of the night before) knows how to defend herself and survive. I am all for fictional suspension of disbelieve but this was too much, it was time to close the book and start something else.
I am sure that the book will appeal to others as I think there was a good story in there fighting to get out, it just wasn’t for me.
Phoenix (I keep wanting to type Phoebe for some reason) goes through a lot in the first few chapters alone. First her family turn into zombies and try to eat her (leading to her killing her dad and brother). Then she finds out she was adopted. She is a very kick-ass character and travels through various US states (I'm not good at US geography - hell, I'm not very good at UK geography to be honest) fighting zombies and degenerates (released prisoners) to find her sister. She is very protective of her sister, probably because there is such a big age gap between them. I also like how Adams doesn't rely to much on Phoenix's love life and the subsequent love triangle that begins to form. However, she can be quite heartless - she leaves her uncle to the mercy of her zombie mum. She is also quite cruel to Harlan. Harlan is one of the characters I felt sorry for. He clearly likes Phoenix yet she barely gives him the time of day because he isn't her usual type. However, she did start to thaw towards him. I just wanted a happy ending for Harlan!
However, Ike's the character I feel the most sorry for. He witnesses not only the beginning of the zombie apocalypse but also his wife and little girl becoming zombies too. That must have totally destroyed him inside to see his little girl turn into something so horrifying. I feel that Ike just wants to survive and see the world put to rights again. Although of course he can also be quite sneaky.
I feel that Cullen is the character we know least about. Mainly because there aren't many chapters from his viewpoint. I hope we learn more about him in the sequel.
Oh! and the cliffhanger! God I couldn't believe it! I just wanted to keep on reading! I can't wait to read the sequel now.
One downside (which is literally teeny-tiny) is that in a couple of places there was missing punctuation. However, that can be fixed and it didn't detract from the story at all.
So this took me by surprise BIG time . I've just read Kira's other books including her latest (yet to go live ), A Date With The Devil and was prepared for what I thought would be maybe another dark story maybe covering another tough subject but what I wasn't expecting was freaking ZOMBIES ! I love zombies , I mean , really love zombies ! I don't read other reviews or the synopsis's , I don't what to be swayed by other reviewers opinions , I go by the author's other books so yes it took me a chapter or two to realise that this is not you average love story . After chapter two I decided to start again from the beginning because I hadn't really taken notice of what happening and it just wasn't making much sense .
OMG ! I am so glad I started again because this was just a brilliant read . The characters are awesome , there are plenty of twist and turns to keep you glued to the pages and before you know it your at the end screaming " NOOOOOOOOO" ! Cliff hangers lol , you gotta love those cliff hangers , so that's where I am right now , just about to jump into #2 but before I go I've just got to say , Kira has done it again ! A complete change from her other books and I'm truly speechless at how Kira can jumped from one to the other and make it seem effortless .
Well done Kira , this is yet again another hit !!