Darkness Eternal

Darkness Eternal

by Leslie Lee Sanders

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ISBN-13: 9781530931781
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 04/01/2016
Pages: 204
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.47(d)

About the Author

The author of several books of fiction and fiction with spice, Leslie Lee Sanders resides in Queen Creek, Arizona, with her husband, three daughters, and a wild beast she calls her imagination. After writing erotic romance, mostly in the gay and ménage categories, she's recently plunged into writing deep, dark, sci-fi with her LGBT post-apocalyptic and dystopian series, Refuge Inc.

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ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Liz Konkel for Readers' Favorite Darkness Eternal by Leslie Lee Sanders is a standalone novel connected to the Refuge trilogy. The events take place a century after the trilogy, and over a decade after the standalone novel, Resurfaced. Connor is a cadet at the facility, daydreaming about the Refuge Inc. history, and about his best friend, Vince. His world has a very strict set of rules, and plans for the future. His feelings don’t exactly count as part of the ‘higher plan.’ When the cadets are awakened in the middle of the night, Connor doesn’t expect Vince to run headlong into the heart of it. When Connor goes after Vince, he discovers secrets that will either save his world or destroy it. Though connected to the Refuge trilogy, Darkness Eternal can be read on its own. A few connections to the past are made, but they’re explained. As a dystopian novel, there are dark currents throughout the story, but Connor has a spark that lightens it. He has a laid-back demeanor that balances the darkness of the world. He’s full of heart, and wants to do the right thing. As the hero of the story, he’s easy to relate to and root for. The events toward the end move quickly as everything is revealed and implodes. It’s a novel that you can’t put down until it’s finished. The characters are flawed but endearing. Connor is adorable and a strong heroic lead. The villain of the story isn’t surprising, but that doesn’t make the horror of what is done any less. Leslie Lee Sanders delivers a thought provoking story with romance, heart, action, and hope, everything that makes a dystopian future worth saving.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Summary from Goodreads: As above, so below, except when referring to the underground Refuge Inc. compound. A century after an asteroid impact and merely fifteen years after a second collision that turned the world into a noxious wasteland, Cadet Connor Nichols and other Refuge facility residents are making the most of their spherical underground utopia they call home. But when a breach threatens to poison the occupants with toxic air, Connor is forced to make life-altering decisions in an attempt to save lives and his only home. With help from best friend and training partner, Vince Moore, he's reminded that good leadership requires responsibility. His struggle intensifies as everything he knows about the facility, the leaders, and himself becomes twisted, distorted, and turned into the unimaginable when his efforts exposes shocking secrets that threaten their future. *A standalone in the Refuge Inc. series Review: *** I received a copy of this book through NetGalley for an honest review. *** *When I realized that this was the fifth book in the Refuge Inc. series, I was a little concerned, but Darkness Eternal does read well as a standalone.* Years ago, after an asteroid collision made Earth’s topside unlivable, survivors moved underground into the Refuge Inc. safe houses and created their cities there. Darkness Eternal focuses on best friends Connor and Vince as they work their way through Cadet training as partners. Vince is an alpha, the brawn, and Connor a beta, the brains. Connor, the younger of the two men, has looked up to his best friend and spent a long time loving him secretly. Unfortunately, homosexuality is against the law underground. It’s deemed promiscuous and therefore unsafe. Because Vince’s father holds a position of power over the peacekeepers, Vince continually pushes Connor away. Until he doesn’t anymore. One level ten is breached and chaos ensues. The men are forced to make a harrowing decision between following orders or listening to their hearts. Okay, so I’ve read a ton of books about post-apocalyptic underground cities, and while I love the idea, they always seem to fall short somehow. This book was the opposite. I fell instantly for Sander’s world and the characters she has created. I loved the dichotomy between Connor and Vince and their longtime friendship. I loved the playful banter and the serious undertones to their relationship. Everything about it was great. Sanders’ writing style is beautiful. She instantly sucked me into her writing and I found myself unable to put the book down. Once the action starts, it doesn’t stop, so readers are left on the edge of their seat, waiting eagerly to see what happens next. I loved this book, and while I’m sad that I read it before the others, I’m definitely going to go back and read the previous four books. I would recommend this to anyone who is a fan of science fiction, dystopia, and post-apocalyptic genres.