Fifteen-year-old Alexandra Spencer's life was not supposed to turn out this way. She was not supposed to go on trial for a crime she did not commit. She was not supposed to be found guilty. And she was not supposed to be sent to Elder Grey Detention Centre, a place of horrors many don't survive.
She is however, supposed to be the daughter of the wealthiest, most influential man in the post-apocalyptic New Zealand city of New Phoenix.
But apparently, she isn't.
Shell-shocked and struggling to understand why she is no longer a member of the city's ruling family, Alexandra is torn from her privileged life by the churlish young guard, Will Metcalfe, and forced to trek for three weeks through deadly wilderness to her place of imprisonment. Her journey with Will is a constant battle for survival, where she is never sure who is the real enemy. It is also journey into the truth about the safe and lavish world from which she has been cast. Through Will, she learns of a mutant race called Drifters living in the wilderness who are being preyed upon by New Phoenix's guards—Drifter's blood being a life saving cure-all elixir for the city's inhabitants.
As Alex struggles to cope with her new life in Elder Grey, an act of friendship ends in tragedy. When someone she thought was an enemy pulls her from her despair, Alex discovers that old friends cannot be trusted, prejudice is another word for fear, and trust, not blood ties, make a family.
This book was so fantastic to read! I loved to read about this world, these characters, and it was just a fantastic story, and a thrilling ride, and I just really enjoyed it! It made for a wonderful and enjoyable read, and I can't wait for more!
There were two big things that I knew would push my unfairness button, and hard. The first being, is that she was charged and convicted of a crime she didn't commit. Secondly, that there is a mutant race that can heal-but are being preyed upon. It's like, ask for help, don't take it! And they did push my buttons!
Watching Alex on her journey to survive, was pretty amazing! The odds were pretty against her, even in this post-apocalyptic world, she didn't have very many of those survival skills in the beginning, but she learned and grew!
This is the first book in a series, and that's fitting, there's so much more of this world to explore, to delve into the ramifications of this whole book, especially the ending, and yeah, just so spend more time with these characters!
Really enjoyed this book, it was really great, and I can't wait for more!
Author: Hayley Barrett
Series: Darkness #1
Read: May 3rd, 2016
Source: Reading Addiction Virtual Books Tours Review Copy
Reason Why: Sounded great, and it's a 2016 Dystopia Book, DAC Book and Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2016 Book!
Publisher: Double Dragon Publishing
Published: August 15th 2015
Hayley Barrett began writing in the aftermath of the devastating Christchurch earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 as a way of escaping from the ongoing terror of the natural disaster. She spends a little time each day writing and can often be found at her local library wearing headphones and with a lap top attached to her hands.
Hayley lives in Rolleston, ten minutes south of Christchurch, New Zealand, with her husband and three children. When she isn’t driving her kids to their sports practices, games and other after school activities, she enjoys playing squash, relaxing in the sun and reading. Most days she wishes there were more hours available to spend writing.
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