The New Dark by Lorraine Thomson Review

“She thought she knew who she was and where she came from.Then her home was destroyed. Her brother lost amongst the ashes. And the boy she loves vanished. She owed her own survival to a mutant — the very forces behind the destruction. Now Sorrel will never be the same again.”

There is no “Before”, there is only “Now”. Because now there’s no internet, no TV, no power grid. Food is scarce, and the world’s a hostile place. But Sorrel lives a quiet life in the tiny settlement of Amat. It’s all she’s ever known …

Until a gang of marauding mutants destroys the village, snatching her brother Eli, and David, her boyfriend. Sorrel sets out after them, embarking on a journey fraught with danger. Can she survive? The only thing that keeps her going is Eli and David. They are out there somewhere. They must be alive. And if she has her way, she will find them.

THE NEW DARK is the first book in a new YA-trilogy and will be published in November 2017. The second and third books in the series (THE NEW DAWN & THE NEW DAY) will be released in 2018.

I’ve been given an ARC by Bastei Entertainment via NetGalley in exchange for an honest opinion.

 

This is embarrassing as it’s the first ARC I’ve got from NetGalley that did not really float my boat.

Hell I can guess there is always a first time to everything!

 

So honestly here: I liked the concept, I liked that it made me think about who’s right and who’s wrong in general BUT I did not like the main characters.

I did not dislike them either but I had difficulties to really walk in their shoes and I’ll get there later.

 

Just know that characters are of the utmost importance to me.

I can read a book with nearly no plot if the characters are so well built and relatable that I can eat, drink and breathe with them.

 

This story is a dystopian story happening in a future where cars and planes are things from the past. The metal is a rarity and mutants are feared by humans.

 

What happened? What are the mutants exactly? We don’t know. And here I found it a missed opportunity as I would have loved some explanations about this new era and new people.

 

Sorrel is human and lives in a village with her mom her little brother and sister. Her dad left to hunt one day and never came back. Her mom stopped living somehow from that moment on or at least stopped being carefree. Now her face is marred by deep lines of concern and sorrow.

Sorrel has been secretly in love with her childhood friend David but never dared acting up on her feelings.

 

One day her village is attacked by mutants, her mom and sister are slaughtered and Eli her little brother disappears with David.

Sorrel escapes and will have one goal: find Eli and David.

 

The journey will be filled with dangers, betrayals, shocking truths…

 

I liked the concept of the “new era” and mutants.

I really loved how the author made me ponder on my perception. Mutants are seen as monsters but humans are the one acting as monsters in the first place. It made me think about our modern world and about my beliefs. Of course I think my religion, my culture, my way of life are the right choices. But what then? Are the others in the wrong? They believe that they are in the right…

So yes everything good or bad is a question of perception.

 

I also loved the joke the author played in choosing one mutant’s first name. It says it all and goes back to my previous comment about perceptions.

 

BUT

 

I found Sorrel immature and childish. Impulsive, being angered easily and behaving like a brat with her mother. I know she is young and a teen. I know teens can be spoiled and hormonal. Childish one moment mature the other. Trust me being the mom of a sweet sixteen I know the ropes. Knowing this does not equal to loving to read about it. Not when it comes down to the main character.

 

Even David was childish somehow and even behaved like a coward at some point in the book. Inadvertently a coward as he did not know all the facts but it resulted in the death of a good character.

 

So now I’m in a predicament as I wanted to love this book so bad but can’t give it more than 3 stars based on the elements here above.

 

Again what did not work for me could very well work for you. We are all differents so maybe give this book a chance and make your own opinion.

 

Anyway I’m grateful to Bastei Entertainment for their trust.

 

Thanks for reading.

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3 Replies to “The New Dark by Lorraine Thomson Review”

  1. Awesome review.. I totally agree about the characters, if I can’t connect with the characters, I really can’t enjoy the book!

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Yes I can read a story only standing on amazing characters with a light plot. Characters are the backbone!

  2. This sounds amazing. Thank you.

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