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.
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Alexandra, Alex, is the spoiled daughter of a judge. She is falsely accused of a minor crime and sentences to one year in Elder Grey, a harsh prison. Alex has to survive the three week journey to Elder Grey through the New Zealand bush, but can she can’t rely on her guards to keep her safe. Then when she gets to Elder Grey she has to survive those that know that her father sent them to prison. I really liked this world. You do have the usual apocalypse, corrupt government, and people getting in trouble for fighting for the truth. I have to say that although Alex rubbed me the wrong way in the beginning it was because of growing up privileged. Once she got out in the bush and the prison she wised up and really grew. But I especially liked how there were no good and no bad people. Everyone was realistic and walked in the grey zone between the black and white. My only complaint is that the book felt rushed in some spots. There are a couple clues about Alex and her past but they really were not expanded upon. I think if the book was a touch longer it would have made the story feel more complete. Having said that, I really liked Into Darkness. It’s a great young adult dystopian story. I can’t wait to read other books by Hayley Barrett. I received this book for free from Reading Addiction Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.
Reviewed by Janelle Fila for Readers' Favorite Into Darkness by Hayley Barrett is a young adult sci fi novel set in the post-apocalyptic city of New Phoenix. Alexandra is the fifteen-year-old slightly spoiled daughter of the most influential man in town, a wealthy judge. But that can't stop her from being found guilty of a crime that she didn't commit, and sentenced to spend her time in Elder Grey, her society's worst prison. Although her punishment is horrible, she is able to find some silver lining in her experience. She makes a new and unexpected friend, finds something a little more in one of her guards, and discovers secrets of her past. To survive, she must battle the elements, her enemies, and the drifters, humans who have extraordinary powers but also thirst for human blood. Can Alexandra become the first person to survive the dangerous three-week trek through the New Zealand bush? Or will her punishment get the better of her? This is a cool book set in the dystopian society of New Zealand, a landscape that many American readers will find intriguing and unique. This story also has the elements of a typical sci fi and dystopian story: where freedom of speech against a corrupt government means risking your life because the government controls every aspect of its citizens' lives. This story was well-developed and moved along at a nice pace that will keep readers engaged and interested. Great setting, great premise, nice execution! Great job!