Two Star Review: Becoming Darkness by Lindsay Francis Brambles
Publisher: Switch Press
Release Date: October 1st 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
Length: 485 pages
Like everyone else living in Haven, seventeen-year-old Sophie Harkness is an Immune--a carrier of the genetic mutation that protects her from the virus Hitler unleashed upon the world more than half a century ago. A virus that wiped out most of humanity and turned two-hundred million people into vamps. But after her best friend is brutally murdered and several attempts are made on her own life, Sophie becomes determined to find answers to what seems to be a conspiracy running generations deep. And when she questions the peace treaty that keeps her small community protected, Sophie begins to discover terrible truths about herself and what it means to be human in a world ruled by darkness. Lindsay Brambles' debut young adult novel is a story of an alternate universe: Hitler won the war, our modern technologies never evolved, and the Nazis' terrifying reign still continues. This fast-paced novel will appeal to readers who guzzle up genre mashups and are looking for a fresh hybrid to sweep them away.
Review by Lissa
***2.5 Stars - loved the idea but not the execution***
I received an ARC from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review .
This really begs the questions of, what if? What if Hitler was still alive, still a monster. There are Vamps and the Immune. The immune aren't left with much. The Vamps seem to run the world. At first I thought, this sounds kind of silly. But it's interesting.
Sophie, is a teenager, her mother passing away after having Sophie. She wonders about her and wishes for a closeness. Having her father gone all the time and a grandmother who annoyed her. By chance Sophie meets a Vamp. But their not like how she's always been taught. She falls for him, which isn't a good thing. Her best friend is also killed.
She learns something from her moms past that, is a bit surprising. Why wouldn't her vamp Val, tell her in the beginning?
The one thing I did dislike, is the constant back in forth of the present and past. This was a difficult book to get into. It wasn't what I thought it was going to be, it seemed to drag.
This was a creative idea. I think the execution was ok. But I think it could've been better. There's a mystery behind what's going on, it Just seemed to take forever to get to the point.