Three friends fight for survival in the world aboveground. Elfin fear the light; but to survive in it they must not hide in the shadows any longer. Pil Persins has never seen the sky. He has never felt the fall of rain or seen the stars on a dark night. For thousands of years Elfin have lived underground, hidden away from the dangers of their world. The coming of the sun above ground means death; monsters awaken and predators hunt.
But it is a small price to pay for freedom. At least that is how Pil and his two best friends, Felicity Falon and Dunken Dirk, see it. And that path to freedom is to become an Exidite--a brave band of underground warriors who are allowed out during the night to search for supplies and, if necessary, confront their enemies.
But the world above ground is far different than Pil and his friends could ever have imagined. The bright purple sky and thick forests hide beings far worse than their worst nightmares. Yet they persevere, hoping to find some light in the everlasting darkness, some truth in the lies and treachery of their enemies and, in some cases, their friends.
Life or death. Freedom or slavery. Love or betrayal. There is no room in between this war of darkness and light.
AFTER THE DARK IS THE FIRST BOOK IN THE CASTAWAY KING CHRONICLES SERIES.
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Reviewed by Melinda Hills for Readers' Favorite There is even more danger outside of the Elfin settlement of Westleton than Pil Persins and his friends ever imagined in After the Dark by Spencer Labbe. In this first volume of The Castaway King Chronicles, Pil and his friends, Felicity Falon and Dunken Dirk, try out for the elite squad known as the Exidite and manage to get accepted. On their very first day, they are involved in a mission to the topside where monsters and vicious creatures are said to eat Elfin who stray out of their underground community after daylight begins. Unfortunately, it’s not only strange beings that the friends have to watch out for! Another Entri, a new recruit, thinks he is superior to all the others and constantly threatens Pil and his friends. As they are stranded on the surface of Haven, they experience an amazing series of crises and discover that life in Westleton is not as safe and secure as they had always believed. It will take tremendous determination and leadership for the young Entri to survive a danger no one had realized was threatening their existence. Fantastic characters and intense action make After the Dark: The Castaway King Chronicles Book 1 a wonderful experience for older children and YA readers. Many issues are intertwined as these friends, each with a distinct personality and family issues, test their abilities and overcome obstacles they never even imagined. Great story with wonderful, well developed characters. I love the personal/emotional issues they each face and will be interested to see how they work these out (along with saving the Elfin!). I found the writing quite engaging and I think the story will be attractive to the age group. Love, loyalty, dedication and determination are all qualities that are put to the test as they are thrust into the adult world in this first volume of what promises to be a terrific series.