- File Size: 935 KB
- Print Length: 352 pages
- Publisher: FrontRunner Publications (August 5, 2016)
- Publication Date: August 5, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01JVI3GXE
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,127 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Never Dawn - Young Adult Dystopian Trilogy Kindle Edition
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The Never Dawn by R.E. Palmer was so much more than I ever expected. The writing was clear, concise, easy to follow, and flowed at an easy pace. There were quite a few typos in my copy, but I’m honestly not that upset about it. None of the errors were enough to jolt me out of the story.
The characters were interesting and at times, painfully naïve, but their naiveté is also what made them so fascinating. The world Noah and his dorm-mates inhabited was so well crafted, and the characters so well defined, that it was impossible not to get sucked into their monotonous life. There was a lot of mystery surrounding the Ark and the lives of the people there and it kept me reading.
In fact, I liked it so much that at the end of chapter 12, I put the book down and restarted reading the entire book with my 13-year-old daughter—and when we stopped reading at 50% so she could go to bed… I sneakily read the rest of the book on my own. I then read the second half of the book a second time with her the next day.
If you like post-apocalyptic, dystopian, YA, or mysteries, I would highly recommend you invest in this book. I can’t wait to continue with the series! My daughter lamented last night that she’ll probably never find a book as good as this one again—it has replaced her favorite book. I am blown away that this author has gone relatively unknown for the past four years.
The Never Dawn is the story of Noah, a young man living in a dystopian society. There are rules for everything and it’s all about the collective good. There is no personal identity, no individuality and if one person amongst your team messes up or slows down, the whole group suffers.
One day, Noah is given the diary of Moses, a hero of his society (called The Ark) over one hundred years ago, and what he discovers while reading shocks him to the core. Noah shares what he reads with his forbidden crush, Rebekah, and together they embark on a deadly journey to reach the surface. Will they make it or will their enemies put a stop to it?
As someone who isn’t a huge dystopian fan, I really enjoyed it. The characters were original, relatable and I was deeply invested as a reader. Noah was fascinating to watch as he uncovered truths that crumbled his faith. His honest reactions to what he dealt with separated this series from other dystopians for me.
Palmer takes the reader into a society not far from our own and makes us re-evaluate our belief system. Do we blindly believe without searching out answers and if so, are we no better than those in this story?
Highly recommend for fans of Divergent, Hunger Games and those who love immersing themselves in dystopian universes. Can’t wait for the next book in the series.
Favorite Character: Noah. I attached myself to him almost from page one and it was an emotional roller coaster ride to the end. Seeing him confront reality with faith and deciding for himself what to do was a pleasure. A relatable character many will love.
My Rating: 4 stars
So… people live underground in a self-contained colony, hoping to one day return to the surface if their mystery enemies don’t get them first. Told in first person, present tense, from the point of view of 18-year-old Noah, this is familiar dystopian territory. But it’s well-written, very readable and engaging, and the reveal at the end is satisfying.
The main character Noah is a believable product of his society, and thankfully not one of those perky dystopian teens who immediately decide Something is Wrong and set out to fix it. He isn’t a natural rebel or a hero. He’s just trying to do his best and fit in, and I liked that.
This is the first of a series. Though it leaves plenty of unanswered questions, I found the major reveal at the end a satisfying conclusion for this story.