Out of Darkness: THE CREATION OF JACK BOOK 1
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Part sci-fi, part thriller, part dystopian, part futuristic, this novel kept me in suspense the entire time. Not only was the plot riveting, but the character development kept me engaged. Jack’s character development was awesome to behold. She goes from a rather meek person with some pent up anger to a determined student to a scary trainee to an even scarier, broken, PTSD riddled girl.
Part of me just wanted to give her chocolate and a hug while the other part of me wanted to cheer her on as she unleashed her rage upon the antagonists.
I was excited to see how Jack’s complex personality was handled. It is apparent that Dawson put a lot effort into accurately depicting a highly-intelligent but traumatized mind. The character development was spot on, and I loved seeing Jack learn to have a friendship with a similarly broken soldier. That combined with the moral grey areas and interesting questions raised (can you destroy a few lives for the sake of the world?) gave the story a thoughtful, realistic feel.
I was fascinated by the way that the plot and the character development worked to hold my interest. The first few chapters of the book didn’t instantly connect me to the characters, but the plot and futuristic world building kept me going. Then, about half-way through the book, I realized that there had been a very subtle shift to focusing on the characters rather than the plot. By the end it was both the plot and the characters evenly holding up the story and keeping it tense and compelling.
The only unfortunate thing about this book was that it takes some warming up to. A large amount of the real action and character development takes place after the first fifty pages or so. But the development is there, so just keep at it. Not that I really need to tell you that, given that the plot will grab your interest on page one.
The nonlinear narrative and occasional point of view switches meant that this story featured some slightly different formatting. Some omniscient scenes were in bold and timeline changes were marked with paragraph breaks, which gave the book’s style an experimental feel that I very much enjoyed. However, it also led to the story having some mild formatting errors.
Did this make any difference to me? Pffft. No. A good story is a good story.
Out of Darkness is a book with everything I enjoy: Emotionally charged, action packed, thought provoking. It also gets major points for being both plot and character driven.
I absolutely cannot wait for the sequel (Into the Void). I will be following E.B. Dawson's writing career with great interest from here on out. She is definitely an author you need to familiarize yourself with.
The plot was well-paced. There was just the right amount of character development and action. I never felt like one was sacrificed for the other, instead it was a cohesive blend. It was easy to relate to both the protagonists and the antagonists (which is super important for me in a book!) Dawson seemed to know this intuitively. You can understand where ALL the characters are coming from, not just the main heroine. There were a few things that, for me, were a little too convenient plot wise, but it didn't detract from the overall story. I immediately got the next two books after finishing this one. Get this... you won't be disappointed.
As someone who studies mental illnesses, I was quick to recognize the main characters struggle with PTSD. The author did an amazingly accurate job without going over the top or undermining Logan's struggle.
Logan is seriously the female version of Jason Borne!
If you love fast pace and loads of action.. and explosions.. I highly recommend this book!!
From the moment I read the prologue, I was hooked (not something that can often be said about a prologue, right?). "Out of Darkness" takes the reader on a thrilling ride through suffering and horrors with honesty and authenticity. I loved and identified with Logan/Jack, especially the way she was originally pushed to act against her pacifistic tendencies by continual injustice. The futuristic world's overpopulation and starvation problems were not only believable but perfect for the plot. I love the dynamics between Jack and her team, and Druce is basically the best ever. The ending took me pleasantly by surprise, and I closed the book feeling incredibly proud of Jack and curious about what happens next. Dawson's next book, "Into the Void," is already on my desk waiting to be read.
I have deep respect for Dawson and the challenges she took on in this book. I look forward to reading more from her, and highly recommend this to any and all fans of distopian/sci fi/futuristic stories.