Into Darkness by Kaylee Barrett #Review
Posted by brriske
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 city of New Phoenix.
But apparently, she isn’t.
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.
Into Darkness tells the story of a young woman who makes the mistake of trusting the boy she loves. Who of us hasn’t done that? Luckily for most of us, however, our mistakes don’t result in a treacherous journey across the bush where we will end up serving a year in a prison many do not survive for a crime we did not commit. Alexandra Spencer wasn’t that lucky. Granted, her boyfriend is a Guard of the City and Alexandra’s father is the Judge…. the trial should have been a formality which should have seen her back home that same day. It wasn’t. Alexandra is faced with a number of horrors, the least of which is her journey to prison. She is faced with the fact that people she thought she could trust are the very ones betraying her and with learning that, sometimes, family isn’t those related to you by blood. One of the prevailing themes in young adult literature, regardless of topic or setting, is the idea of finding one’s tribe… that group of like-minded individuals who, together, are greater than the sum of their parts. Hayley Barrett’s novel is no exception. What I liked most about this novel is that, despite the fact that it is post-apocalyptic, it stays true to the essence of what makes people, people. Aside from all of the psychological introspection in this book, I love the new take on another old tale: vampires. I don’t know if the author has more books planned for this world, but I would be very interested in reading them.
There is some violence and there are references to drug use and abuse, but I feel comfortable recommending the novel to mature readers 15+.
Reviewed by HR Duby for Romance Authors that Rock
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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