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Out Of Darkness (The Starborn Uprising Book 1) Kindle Edition
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The story is related from the point of view of Mora, a spirited young woman who embarks on a lone, self-imposed quest to seek help for her embattled colonial community located out on the fringe of a post-apocalyptic frontier which is struggling to survive against warbands of hostile zombies. She hopes to secure an audience with the leader of a central organisation that can send them a protection force. But this assistance comes at a cost: heavy taxes and associated imposts. What line will she take when she learns other colonists are seeking to break free of this yoke? And how might her special abilities factor into the scenario?
I found Mora to be a sympathetic and relatable character even though, from time to time, she's somewhat vapidly presented. Consequently I wanted to see more depth and contrast to her personality on account of its vast untapped development potential.
Jason Morrow's writing is uncomplicated and has evidently been subject to considerable editorial polishing: the story thus flows easily and well. The end result will easily appeal to young adult readers and those of more mature age wanting to enjoy a creative story that is not too demanding in terms of both literacy and cognition. However readers looking for gritty realism, hard-core combat action, tight story twists and intensely developed interpersonal exchanges are likely to be moderately disappointed.
I suppose the beginning premise could be predictable - yet it isn't in any way I could conceive - I'll let you decide for yourselves. The world after zombification is evolving through the people who are left alive - barely; Jason Morrow uses his premise to create an original and intriguing new direction that requires deeper characterization than is often found. I found myself exploring the new world in ever rising suspense as I made each new discovery - along with some awesome zombie encounters.
Characters in many books are hard for me to keep straight, unreal - that Alzheimer's thing I guess - but from early on I could picture these in my mind and know exactly who they were even after they hadn't appeared in a while. Memorable and very sharply individuated, with individual twists and turns and questions that I never imagined.
Out of Darkness is very well written, the plot begins on a roller coaster ride, then slows a bit to flesh out and familiarize then takes off like the proverbial batouttahell. I just bought the first trilogy and plan to buy the rest as soon as I finish.
I don't think I'm going to accomplish much until I'm through...I have to see where Jason Morrow is going with this first! The possibilities seem endless.
I listened to this one and I like the voice of the narrator. She has one speech habit which bugs me, pronouncing all her "g"s at the end of words with "ing" at the end as hard. So when she talks about "Spring Hill" it sounds like "Spring Kill". Still, her voice is young and sounds like the young woman who tells her story.
If you read the previous series about the Starborns you will like this one too. If you haven't you can read this series on its own. But you will understand more about the evil Jeremiah. If you have read the previous series. Otherwise it will be a surprise and that's not a bad thing.