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Posted September 9, 2013
Reviewed by Kim Anisi for Readers' Favorite
The Dark by Jason Brant is one of those horror books that you don't want to put down until you know there's a 'happy' ending - and at the same time you fear there will be no happy ending and you might want to sleep with your lights on.
The Dark begins by introducing Christy, one of the main characters of the book. She wakes up, realizing that her Kindle is the only source of light she still has. Suddenly her mother appears, asking her to turn off the light and to come to her. Christy and the other characters who are introduced one after another slowly form a group. When they meet out on the roads, they quickly learn that whatever source of light they have is vital. Without light, the dark will take them. And it all seems to have something to do with an explosion on a military base - is it an experiment gone wrong? An alien invasion? Whatever it was, the main aim of the characters surrounding Christy and her faithful old dog is to get out of the dark - because at some stage batteries will run low, the lights will go out, and nobody knows whether the sun will rise in the morning.
I enjoyed reading The Dark very much because it's the kind of horror that doesn't need gore and zombies to tell a story that captivates you. There should be more horror books like this; books that want to tell a story and not just shock the readers with blood and gore. A great read.
Posted July 18, 2013
I really enjoyed this book.
For someone who breaks out in a sweat at the thought of going out into the dead of night, this book was really scary, but I actually found myself so engrossed in the story and tragedy unfolding that I was surprised when I got to the end without once, having to take a break.
The characters were all well thought out and their reactions to what was going on around them was exactly how I think, or hope, some of my braver friends would react - me on the other hand, I would probably hide out in a closet somewhere with a few flashlights and a box of batteries - just in case.
The story itself was great and flowed well, with the right amount of breathing space in between all the suspense. I often wonder about the repercussions of the scientific experiments being carried out around the world - how many times has disaster been averted or covered up? We will probably never know, and it is probably better that way, but this book certainly made me think even more about what we don't know.
The Dark is a great book and I highly recommend it. It has a great set of characters, a great story line, and is told in a way that will make you think twice about switching off the light at night, and facing ......... The Dark.
I really, really love book covers, and the cover of The Dark does this book justice, it is awesome - a work of art.