After Darkness (Eternal Darkness, #4)
Year 2160 RULE #.1 Humans AND Cyborgs are prohibited from communicating in any shape or form with each other. RULE #.2 Curfew is from 12 a.m until 7.30 a.m Applicable to ALL citizens, humans AND cyborgs. RULE #.3 All propaganda against the government, written or verbal is a crime. RULE #.4 All the above laws if broken are punishable by death. WELCOME TO THE NATION Are you ready?

After Darkness (Eternal Darkness, #4) Details

TitleAfter Darkness (Eternal Darkness, #4)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 1st, 1970
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopia

After Darkness (Eternal Darkness, #4) Review

  • Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 glitters :)This is a nice little techno YA read in a futuristic setting where humans live alongside Cyborgs, but any interaction with between is forbidden. Seven different districts are ranging from the capital of the rich to cities and farmland strictly governed in this world. From what I gather, it is helpful to read the first three books to understand how these districts have developed, but it wasn’t an issue for me at all. I took it as is and the story worked just fine. The main protagon 3.5 glitters :)This is a nice little techno YA read in a futuristic setting where humans live alongside Cyborgs, but any interaction with between is forbidden. Seven different districts are ranging from the capital of the rich to cities and farmland strictly governed in this world. From what I gather, it is helpful to read the first three books to understand how these districts have developed, but it wasn’t an issue for me at all. I took it as is and the story worked just fine. The main protagonist, Terra, lives is in the capital city and besides drawing, really enjoys fighting in the Pits, underground, secretly. Lately, she’s been plagued by nightmares and finds herself drawing about these terrible dreams with the recurring theme of a boy in it. Terra is a tough one. She is half blind and does not shy away from trouble. When she meets the boy from those nightmares, it turns out, he is a Cyborg and a nice one at that! However, there are monsters in the darkness and together, they are thrust into a whirlwind of trouble and a journey across landscapes and personal growth. She finds out about some missing elements of her past, government experiments, and a cyborg rebellion. Intertwined are their worlds and Terra is about to cross into the forbidden territory of love, secrets, and revenge. ***This was a nice and easy-going read with an interesting backstory. Everything flowed well and made for a great YA dystopian read. I can definitely see someone jumping into this series and really devouring it. When I signed up for this review, I wasn’t aware that this is book four in the Eternal Darkness series (according to Goodreads), but it was just fine to understand and read as a stand-alone.If Cyborgs are your thing in YA novels, you may want to give this one a try!I received a digital copy via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review for a blog tour. All opinions are my own. Thank you so much.More of my reviews here:Through Novel Time & Distance
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  • Mandi
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you Amazon Publishing and Netgalley for a copy of this book for an honest review. The year is 2160 and Cyborgs and Humans live together in 7 different districts. The law forbids them to be together. So when Terra starts having nightmare about a silver eyed boy she finds it hard to believe its him when she runs into him. Soon they find themselves hard to stay away from each other. When I first started reading this I did not know it was a sequel. Either way I heard this can be read even if y Thank you Amazon Publishing and Netgalley for a copy of this book for an honest review. The year is 2160 and Cyborgs and Humans live together in 7 different districts. The law forbids them to be together. So when Terra starts having nightmare about a silver eyed boy she finds it hard to believe its him when she runs into him. Soon they find themselves hard to stay away from each other. When I first started reading this I did not know it was a sequel. Either way I heard this can be read even if you havent read the first one which I haven't. This book will be great for fans of futuristic love story with a little bit of trouble.
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  • Claudia Marie
    January 1, 1970
    Stars: 3.5/5I was offered this book for free in exchange for an honest review.I read most of this book in four days. I know goodreads says its been longer but I read the prologue, did exams, then completed it. Trust me, it wasn't as long as goodreads says it is.Anyway, let's stars with positives shall we?I liked the characters and their development. Terra was interesting - definitely a strong female protagonist but and much more mentally strong than i would have been. She has a secret in the boo Stars: 3.5/5I was offered this book for free in exchange for an honest review.I read most of this book in four days. I know goodreads says its been longer but I read the prologue, did exams, then completed it. Trust me, it wasn't as long as goodreads says it is.Anyway, let's stars with positives shall we?I liked the characters and their development. Terra was interesting - definitely a strong female protagonist but and much more mentally strong than i would have been. She has a secret in the book and honestly if I had it I would have blabbed right away, but this girl held her ground, so go her. I'm impressed. The minor characters were also pretty in-depth considering the length of the story and the amount of minor characters there were. I enjoyed this. Also they were all distinct characters! If you read my reviews regularly, you know this is important to me. Too often characters' personalities blend together.The romance had me captured. There were moments where I could physically feel this attraction in the centre of my chest. It was powerful and amazingly written. The world was also well developed. I was definitely interested in it and the way it was presented - in a library - was interesting! Great way of introducing the world. I hate to do this, but the negatives -It was mainly little things about this story that bothered me. Terra blacked out/ fainted like 6 times. Too much. "Everything went black" is over-written in my opinion and it comes up a lot in this story. Terra gets injured far too much for my liking. It was a bit repetitive - she gets injured, Kalem cares for her. But the chemistry between them is great!Another little thing, there were minor details I didn't see the point to. Terra's sketching ability? Did not become important. At all. Her third friend... Damien, was it? Did nothing for the point.Lastly, the book left me with so many questions. And not in a good way. The ending wasn't... a great and capturing cliffhanger. One thing I think could have been answered was the purpose for Terra's nightmares. Her nightmare is literally the prologue and we're left still wondering why she's having it.WARNINGS: Insinuation of sex (not descriptive), nudity, fist fights, a bit of gore.I recommend this for lovers of dystopia, 14+.
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  • Fatima Anwar
    January 1, 1970
    Name: After DarknessAuthor: J.F.JohnsAge: +15Genre: Sci-fi, Fantasy, Supernatural, Dystopian, FutureReview:This story is set in a futuristic dystopian world, where humans and cyborgs coexists. It is strictly prohibited for humans and cyborgs to interact with each other. The protagonist, Terra, is a deeply troubled girl. She is obsessed with her nightmares about a silver eyed boy, whom she is unable to save everytime. Unable to stop this nightmares, she finds solace in going into the pit, where s Name: After DarknessAuthor: J.F.JohnsAge: +15Genre: Sci-fi, Fantasy, Supernatural, Dystopian, FutureReview:This story is set in a futuristic dystopian world, where humans and cyborgs coexists. It is strictly prohibited for humans and cyborgs to interact with each other. The protagonist, Terra, is a deeply troubled girl. She is obsessed with her nightmares about a silver eyed boy, whom she is unable to save everytime. Unable to stop this nightmares, she finds solace in going into the pit, where she meets the silver eyed boy from her nightmares. The story is fast paced, but somehow repetitive. The romance between Terra and Karem is warm yet feels alot like cliche. It has a Hunger Games/ Divergent feels. This book is worth a read if you are a fan of YA Sci-fi or Fantasy novels.
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  • Gabriëlle
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to the author who sent me a copy of her new book for an honest review. 3/5 stars 🌟🌟🌟⁣This book is sequel to the trilogy “Eternal Darkness” however you can read this book without reading the trilogy. ⁣The book hit a rocky start but I found myself quite amused while reading this. The plot is very fast and I flew through it. I really liked the plot, the characters & the world the author created. ⁣Although sometimes I felt the writing went from this to that with no real connection. Arguments Thanks to the author who sent me a copy of her new book for an honest review. 3/5 stars 🌟🌟🌟⁣This book is sequel to the trilogy “Eternal Darkness” however you can read this book without reading the trilogy. ⁣The book hit a rocky start but I found myself quite amused while reading this. The plot is very fast and I flew through it. I really liked the plot, the characters & the world the author created. ⁣Although sometimes I felt the writing went from this to that with no real connection. Arguments were quickly solved and at one point the main character came up with a stupid idea because she had a gut feeling and there was almost no arguing and they just went on to do something dangerous that made no sense. ⁣But still I quite liked the story! I really grew to love some of the characters! It definitely has great potential! I’m looking forward to where the second book will take us. ⁣
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  • Cassie Quach
    January 1, 1970
    This book was so infuriating. It had such a solid story and characters to be great, but was let down by the odd writing and terrible plot point more than halfway through the book. I truly thought I would be giving this book a better review and rating. I mean I was really flying through the first half with interest. So sad that that's not the case.In the beginning, the plot seemed a bit like Hunger Games, which I liked. I liked the characters, Terra and Kalem, who seemed to have a good tense chem This book was so infuriating. It had such a solid story and characters to be great, but was let down by the odd writing and terrible plot point more than halfway through the book. I truly thought I would be giving this book a better review and rating. I mean I was really flying through the first half with interest. So sad that that's not the case.In the beginning, the plot seemed a bit like Hunger Games, which I liked. I liked the characters, Terra and Kalem, who seemed to have a good tense chemistry that could be built upon. There was a vein of darkness throughout the story that was quite intriguing and for some reason had me seeing this book's scenes like an anime in my mind. The world building and history was nice and steady and even when there was an info dump, it was placed somewhere that made sense and was done in a natural enough way. Terra, as a character, is very real. She is both hard to love and hard to hate . She just is what she is and doesnt care what people think. I like that. She's not a hero or a villain. Now on to the problems. J.F. Johns repetition problem. At first, I looked at it as a passing issue or perhaps just a stylistic choice, but it only got worse and worse as the book progressed. She uses weird descriptors and nicknames for her characters which at first seem totally normal for an intro (i.e. Hair like night, his eyes like silver. Metal. The boy from her nightmares.) and then repeats it every damn time the character is in a scene. Its as if she wrote the book chapter by chapter in no particular order and forgot that she had already intoduced each character every single time before. And it's like that until the very end of her book, the entire way through. We dont need to hear the same descriptor or nickname everytime. Their name will suffice, thank you. If this had been the only problem, i could have seen past it. But it got worse.About 60% of the way through, the Destroyer of Worlds idea is introduced and it is just a terrible sequence of plot. It is so badly written, introduced, explained. None of it is believable. And honestly I was stunned that it was left in the book. How did it not get edited? Extremely unbelievable, juvenile, and not well thought out. Everthing up to this point had such promise, but from here on, it just went downhill. Bad writing seemed to take over. It was literally as if another author had taken over. And all that was left from before was the terrible repetition problem. The writing was cheesy, characters lacked appeal and depth, nothing was explained well, and events seemed almost sporadic and unnecessary at times.I mean, this is a super solid story that I can see being picked up for maybe a show or anime, but the technical writing and overall execution was quite problematic at best for an actual book. I dont know if I could continue with this series. So sad I have to say that. Such a pity.
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  • Fazila
    January 1, 1970
    REVIEW : DISCLAIMER : Thank you, YA Bound Book Tours for providing me with an Arc of this book. I am leaving the review voluntarily. After Darkness is set in a futuristic dystopian society where cyborgs, X-prototypes, and humans all co-exist. Cyborgs and humans are forbidden from interacting with each other. There are strict laws for the two groups to follow. The world was interesting, the whole human and cyborg dynamics and how society is structured was fascinating. The Protagonist Terra comes REVIEW : DISCLAIMER : Thank you, YA Bound Book Tours for providing me with an Arc of this book. I am leaving the review voluntarily. After Darkness is set in a futuristic dystopian society where cyborgs, X-prototypes, and humans all co-exist. Cyborgs and humans are forbidden from interacting with each other. There are strict laws for the two groups to follow. The world was interesting, the whole human and cyborg dynamics and how society is structured was fascinating. The Protagonist Terra comes from an influential family and her friends also come from similar backgrounds. She never felt at home in her family or society. She had a darkness inside her that made her seek the dark underworld of the Nation. This book is centered around Terra and her quest to find the boy from her nightmares. She is undeterred by the rules and regulations in place. I really enjoyed the story and the characters as well. I thought all of them had their own story and as this book is the sequel to the Eternal Darkness Trilogy, it would also shed light on the world and more of the character's backgrounds. I haven't read the previous installment so I cannot comment on the world too much, but the world set up in this book takes place far into the future with characters from the previous installment. I enjoyed the story and the dynamics between the characters. I liked how the world was divided into But I think this book does a good job of bringing in the characters and the plot together wonderfully. I wasn't a huge fan of the monster or the power of one of the characters. But overall the book was a solid start to a series. This would be great for sci-fi and fantasy readers who would love the dystopian theme. I recommend checking this book out, but it would be more interesting if you read the first trilogy before this. Definitely check the series and this new series as well. I gave the book 4 stars.
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  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    I would like to thank J.F. Johns & Amazon Publishing for my copy of the ARC. Due to this kind gesture, I have decided to leave an honest review. God damn you, Amanda! When will you research a book before you apply for the ARC? This book is a sequel series to a series called Eternal Darkness Trilogy. Luckily, you don't have to have read the first series to get to grips with it but I think it would help. In a world where humans and cyborgs coexist, it is forbidden for them to interact. Terra ha I would like to thank J.F. Johns & Amazon Publishing for my copy of the ARC. Due to this kind gesture, I have decided to leave an honest review. God damn you, Amanda! When will you research a book before you apply for the ARC? This book is a sequel series to a series called Eternal Darkness Trilogy. Luckily, you don't have to have read the first series to get to grips with it but I think it would help. In a world where humans and cyborgs coexist, it is forbidden for them to interact. Terra has never grasped this law, but when your dad is an extremely important part of the government, she knows she is meant to be a good girl. In her posh neighbourhood, at her posh school, with her posh friends, but what happens if that never satisfies? Especially after the loss of her mother. Terra decides the only way to deal with her anger is the pits. Where humans & cyborgs alike come to fight, illegally of course. That is where Terra sees him, the silver-eyed boy who has plagued her dreams while he dies.. each and every time. Can Terra fight the urge to get involved in a revolution, or will she be the one to kick start it?I actually really enjoyed this book, yeah the writing was a bit lost on me at times but it kept me gripped. I couldn't tell if he was going for a younger YA audience or not, but then some sexy time made me realise probably not but it did tend to fall that way.The world-building had some real Hunger Games vs Divergent going on. There were 7 Capitals, each having a real futuristic theme which really gave it HG feels. Each Capital (district) served a purpose, had watchers (peacekeepers) plus had curfews. No man's land kinda reminded me of Divergent, and the walls/fences around the Capitals reminded me of both books but it certainly had its own spin on it which was good.There was a lot of characters (not too many that would blow your mind) but a good few. I think this is where it would have helped to have read the first books that the story originated from as these cyborgs seem pretty badass. I even found myself rooting for them pretty early on in the book which was awesome!Our leading lady Terra Underwood was rather good, she started to get a bit annoying nearer the end of the book but she started off pretty strong. I have a lot of love for our cyborgs. The twins Ten & Rife were so creepy but I absolutely loved their characters! They reminded me of something from the shinning and I could imagine them rolling around on their plastic tricycles whispering "oil rummmmm, OIL RUMMM". There were major strong females in here, Camille was obviously extremely cool, but Scarlette is going to be KICK ASS! or so I hope. Scarlet has the potential to knock it out of the park and I love the whole world destroyer thing. Morgana, we haven't heard much of yet so I am dying to see what happens with her character, I hope she's a super badass like Scarlet. Petra is a real devil, a proper Mike Tyson *wink wink* and she is ready to go to town! I always love a good villain, they make the story. There was a few characters who just went completely MIA like Hooky? He was a huge part then boom 0. Also, Terra's friend Damien?! Sasha & Damien both went MIA but Sasha still returns, Damien is just never heard from!That brings me to our swoon-worthy cyborg males, and they certainly are hot hot. Eric Thorn has that cheeky cocky confidence around him that I absolutely love! He always seems up to something while not being up to actually anything. Malcolm Broddory we haven't heard much from him yet, but I can feel myself getting behind him. Then we have Kalem Akuma, oh how the Lord has answered our prayers! I never realised how much I wanted a cyborg boyfriend with serious Charles Melton. He comes across as mysterious, brooding, heart swooning male. He and Eric have done a number on me and I need another hit!All in all the book was pretty good and I will certainly be reading on, I actually can't wait to see what unfolds. Give my blog a view https://mandyizzym.tumblr.com "'Shoe's take time, your ginormous feet need time to adjust.' 'My feet are not big.' ' You know what they say about big feet...' Malcolm arched an eyebrow, then realising what she had meant glanced down at the shoes and said, You are right. My feet are big, aren't they?' Men, Camille thought.
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  •  CCAM&GZM
    January 1, 1970
    3,4Checking the author, I found out that After Darkness is a spin-off of the Eternal Darkness series. I don't know if reading the first series would influence the impact of After Darkness, but seeing the blurbs, I felt like the readers will fully experience the "darkness" if they read both series. I know I will 😃 Now, about the first volume of After Darkness - just giving the RULES, it's clear that the people of After Darkness live in a totalitarian and racist society. I didn't leave in a racist 3,4Checking the author, I found out that After Darkness is a spin-off of the Eternal Darkness series. I don't know if reading the first series would influence the impact of After Darkness, but seeing the blurbs, I felt like the readers will fully experience the "darkness" if they read both series. I know I will 😃 Now, about the first volume of After Darkness - just giving the RULES, it's clear that the people of After Darkness live in a totalitarian and racist society. I didn't leave in a racist society, but I lived in a totalitarian one. Putting aside the SF-ish aspects (but really, we are closer to them than I liked), J.F. Johns totally caught the atmosphere and features of an authoritarian regime. So, the author gave us the rules and we need to break them, to fight against them. And that the main character, Terra, does. In any way possible. For general or personal purposes and reasons, from the first page, Terra starts to fulfill her role. Details about past and present come together and sway the story. If I was a hypercritical person, I could say that there are some similarities with other books/series. Yet, I wasn't bothered nor the story disturbed by them as there is still a lot of originality in Darkness. Social issues, love issues, growing up issues, family issues... we'll deal with all of them. There are some cliches but I'm not against them as long as they are used/combined well and the effect is good - and it was. The pace is steady. The wording is good. The author uses some expressions repeatedly and it's not clear for me if she wants to stress how (usually) the main character sees (or wants to see) another character or situation or it's just a wrong step.There are aspects beyond SF and dystopia and closer to the fantasy genre that makes a dangerous mix that could destroy the story or make it great. To see the result I have to wait for the next volume(s). (By the way, this one ends in a cliffhanger.) Hopefully, the next volumes will come quickly; until then, I'll read the Eternal Darkness Trilogy as I already like the common characters.https://mythicalbooks.blogspot.com/20...
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  • ReadingInPyjamas
    January 1, 1970
    After Darkness is the sequel to J.F. John's Eternal Darkness Trilogy, and while it can be read separately from the first series, I feel like it would be better to start with that one, for a better understanding of some of the characters and situations that unfold in this new story. Nonetheless, After Darkness was captivating. The action was fast-paced and the protagonists interesting enough to keep me invested until the end.The plot is set in a dystopian world where humans and cyborgs cohabitate After Darkness is the sequel to J.F. John's Eternal Darkness Trilogy, and while it can be read separately from the first series, I feel like it would be better to start with that one, for a better understanding of some of the characters and situations that unfold in this new story. Nonetheless, After Darkness was captivating. The action was fast-paced and the protagonists interesting enough to keep me invested until the end.The plot is set in a dystopian world where humans and cyborgs cohabitate but not without strict rules being enforced. Interaction between them is prohibited unless the government gives approval. Here enters Terra, a deeply troubled girl, whose anger and volatile temperament seem to always get her into trouble. She keeps having nightmares about a boy with silver eyes, who she needs to save but can never get to him in time. Terra is obsessed with these nightmares, she doesn't understand why she keeps having them, and when she discovers that the boy really exists and she meets him, her world is turned upside down. She needs answers and he might be the only one who can help her.I liked the world-building and the backstory of how the Nation came to be. The depiction of the seven capitals gave major Hunger Games vibes, but there are sufficient elements to make it a unique story. The romance between Terra and Kalum was sweet and heartwarming. I loved his protective nature. He kept walls around his heart but Terra managed to tare them down one by one with her effervescent personality. She was a strong-headed heroine, a badass who never backed down from a fight and although she made some poor decisions her heart was always in the right place. I could understand her behavior, she lost her mother in a tragic event and her father was not very present in her life because of his job, so she used sarcasm and underground fights as a defense mechanism. Also, the secondary characters were fascinating. Scarlett and Camille were kickass and Eric and Malcolm so swoon-worthy.The writing style was easy to follow, with some repetitions that could have been avoided, but overall very enjoyable. This book ended in a cliffhanger and I'm looking forward to reading the next installments in the series.*I received an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Jodie
    January 1, 1970
    Book ReviewTitle: After DarknessAuthor: J. F. JohnsGenre: YA/Sci-Fi/DystopianRating: ****Review: So this is a book that has been on my radar but I wasn’t going to pick it up until I saw it being offered for review on YA Bound Blog Tours. The synopsis of After Darkness is really interesting, it gave me a mix of V for Vendetta and Lunar Chronicles with a massive dose of the Hunger Games vibes, I love V for Vendetta and Hunger Games but I feel really meh about the Lunar Chronicles so I am hoping th Book ReviewTitle: After DarknessAuthor: J. F. JohnsGenre: YA/Sci-Fi/DystopianRating: ****Review: So this is a book that has been on my radar but I wasn’t going to pick it up until I saw it being offered for review on YA Bound Blog Tours. The synopsis of After Darkness is really interesting, it gave me a mix of V for Vendetta and Lunar Chronicles with a massive dose of the Hunger Games vibes, I love V for Vendetta and Hunger Games but I feel really meh about the Lunar Chronicles so I am hoping this falls more towards V for Vendetta and Hunger Games than the Lunar Chronicles. So this world features both humans and cyborgs who are forbidden to interact but our protagonist Terra Underwood doesn’t understand this law, which is punishable by death. After Darkness opens with Terra having a dream about a boy with silver hair who she desperately tries to save but fails every time after being chased by a huge crow. I can already tell that the boy is someone she is going to meet later on in the book and might possibly be a love interest as well.We learn very early on that Terra has a major problem with authority and this stems from the fact that her father is a very important political figure who has little time for his daughter. We haven’t seen anything from her mother as Terra lives with her grandmother making me think that the mother is absent or dead. Terra as a hobby and outlet for her aggression fights in an illegal underground place called the Pits which is located in the Undermarket. She has risen to become the best in her category after being trained by a cyborg named Hooky which may contribute to why Terra doesn’t understand why humans can’t have any contact with cyborgs and why they are segregated from human society. This novel feels very much like the Hunger Games but also have some elements from 1984 with the Big Brother is always watching aspect of this novel. On day in the Pits, Terra is paired up against a young cyborg male named Kalem who is the boy from her nightmares and while she tries to talk to him he seems to vanish whenever she is nearby. As we approach the ¼ mark in the novel, the Pits is raided by the Watchers, this world’s version of Peacekeepers, Terra, Kalem and her two friends, Sasha and Damien are caught up in it. Hooky manages to get Terra out but another cyborg Jimmy is killed and Hooky won’t leave his home, as she flees Terra runs into Kalem and after a few heated words throws her shoe at him reminding me of another scene but he takes in her and agrees to shelter her until the curfew is lifted. He makes her promise that she never speaks of what she sees or hears in his home which is full of cyborgs but she manages to get through his cold exterior a little by making jokes about their last names. That night she has the same nightmare she has been having for years and injuries herself but doesn’t say anything to Kalem about the nightmare. Later he walks her to the train station and she heads home where she is in major trouble with her grandmother but manages to lie about where she was. However, we learn that the cyborg leading Kalem’s family is an ex-government weapon of some sort and she has tasked Kalem with keeping Terra safe at all costs but we don’t know why since humans and cyborgs are forbidden to interact.As we cross the ¼ mark in the novel, Terra once again returns to Kalem’s home where she meets some of the other cyborgs but the minute she mentions her dreams she is sent to see their leader, Scarlet. Scarlet isn’t human and isn’t cyborg, she is something called an X-prototype which was created before the rebellion as a weapon, essentially she is immortal and can’t be killed but she knew Terra great-grandfather as they fought alongside one another and it may be the reason she is protecting Terra. However, Terra is the first being, human or cyborg to be able to see the monster that Scarlet carries with her and Scarlet explains she can see it because it saved her life a long time ago and it is also the reason she is blind in one eye. Terra disability isn’t something that bothers her at all in her daily life although she does wish it didn’t hamper her in the Pits. I liked this refreshing take on disability how it isn’t something that defines Terra, it is just a part of who she is and she lives with it and copes with it as any other person would. The pace really slows down, it seems to be trying to build a relationship between Terra and Kalem but I am not feeling any chemistry between them at the moment. The only thing of note that happens is that Terra tries to get back into the Undermarket to find Hooky only to be attacked by Wardens. Hooky is badly injured and they are rescued by Kalem and taken back to the cyborg house for him to be helped. We also get a brief relationship scene between Scarlet and Eric, which was strange as he hits on Terra a few times but it is implied that he is in love with Scarlet, so I don’t really know what is happening right now with the characters and their relationships.As we approach the halfway mark in the novel, we get more development on Kalem and Terra’s friendship but I still don’t see them being a couple anywhere in the future. We also get more backstory on Terra, we learn that her mother was killed by Wardens for trying to prevent a cyborg child from being beaten. Her mother was shot and killed, Terra was also shot but she was saved by the monster Scarlet carries around with her and it is the reason why it won’t hurt Terra. However, when she returns home she finds that her grandmother has died and her father briefly returns home and we get to see that he values his work above everything even his daughter. Terra is also visited by Petra another X-Prototype who has captured Sasha and threatens to kill her unless Terra spies on Scarlet and the others for her. She doesn’t tell anyone but when she returns to the house she is sure that Scarlet knows what has happened. Kalem explains that there are 7 X-Prototypes in existence, one for each Capital. Petra and her brother Viktor run Capital One and the whole government. It turns out each X-prototype has an ability, Petra can control crows, Viktor can manipulate the minds of others, so he is responsible for Terra’s dreams and Scarlet can control fire. Terra thinks she will find the answers she wants in No Man’s Land and convinces Kalem to take her there. Scarlet is also leaving to get her brothers and sisters, presumably the other X-type to fight against Petra. As we cross the halfway mark in the novel, Terra and Kalem escape into No Man’s Land but the terrain is hostile and nothing survives there, the cyborgs survive because they are stronger than humans and the effects on Terra are almost immediate but Kalem knows this place and navigates through it. We get the first kiss scene between Terra and Kalem and I wasn’t interested or invested in it at all so I just ignored it but Terra has been injured and she needs help from a friend Kalem has in No Man’s Land. We also learn from Scarlet that her sister Morgana left the world behind because she was activated meaning she had no free will and killed all of the Freedom Fighters and that she can never be forgiven. Scarlet informs her that one survived and he will forgive her if she returns and that person is Kalem. It seems that Kalem and Terra will be a key part in bringing the government down and I wasn’t really interested in that.As we approach the ¾ mark in the novel, there are few moments of tension but nothing much is happening. Terra and Kalem continue to navigate No Man’s Land looking for the Destroyer of Worlds, who most including Kalem believe to be a legend but Terra is convinced that she is real and they have to find her in order to bring down the government. The sex scene between Terra and Kalem was unexpected but I did appreciate it, there aren’t many authors willing to include sex scenes where the act itself is clearly stated rather than hidden behind smoke and mirror. However, I did prefer following Scarlet who has brought Morgana back with her but Eric, Camille and some of the other have been out killing Wardens which enrages Scarlet. When Eric tries to calm her down she almost kills him and it seems like the monster feeds off her emotions and if she isn’t in completely control of herself it can take over and make her lash out when she wouldn’t normally do that. She is searching for a way to get rid of it even if it kills her because killing someone would be the end of her. As we cross into the final section of the novel, I wasn’t hopefully for a good ending, I was just hoping for a satisfying ending and the story didn’t provide that. The ending was the best part by far it was dark, gritty and really ramped up the stakes of this new series. Despite my hit or miss relationship with most of this book the ending redeemed it. I will be reading the Eternal Darkness series to get more integrated with this world and when I have the chance I will definitely be picking up After Darkness II to see what happens to the characters I have come to care for, even if I don’t really care for the romance.
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  • Reid Edwards
    January 1, 1970
    I had a hard time with this book - the characters felt very flat, in both their actions and word choices, the setting didn't do anything to differentiate itself from all the YA dystopian novels before it, and the story seemed to drag. The romance between two of the protagonists felt cliche (opposites attract, brooding vs tempestuous, etc.), and the overall plot felt fairly rote. If you're a major fan of YA dystopian novels, by all means read this book (and likely the rest of the series), but if I had a hard time with this book - the characters felt very flat, in both their actions and word choices, the setting didn't do anything to differentiate itself from all the YA dystopian novels before it, and the story seemed to drag. The romance between two of the protagonists felt cliche (opposites attract, brooding vs tempestuous, etc.), and the overall plot felt fairly rote. If you're a major fan of YA dystopian novels, by all means read this book (and likely the rest of the series), but if you've felt like you got your fill of the Hunger Games/Divergent/Maze Runner novels with the originals, you're not missing much.
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  • Raoofa Ibrahim
    January 1, 1970
    Amazing!! Loved it all! The characters, the story, the descriptions.. All, all! Terra, a teenage girl who go everyday to the pits, a place for fighting, as weird as it sounds, but she is the best in her category. She keeps dreaming about a boy whom she can't save, she tries but fails.. Every night ! One day, she will meet this boy in the pits, and she will follow him to know why she keeps dreaming about him, the answer will not come easily, because he is a cyborg and she is human, and it's forbi Amazing!! Loved it all! The characters, the story, the descriptions.. All, all! Terra, a teenage girl who go everyday to the pits, a place for fighting, as weird as it sounds, but she is the best in her category. She keeps dreaming about a boy whom she can't save, she tries but fails.. Every night ! One day, she will meet this boy in the pits, and she will follow him to know why she keeps dreaming about him, the answer will not come easily, because he is a cyborg and she is human, and it's forbidden for them to talk to each other. The book will continue after the cyborgs were exiled to No Mans Land.. I missed Eric most of all but when the book introduced Terra and Kalem I'm afraid I am liking them more. 🙈 Highly recommend to read this book, if you didn't read the previous books I think it's ok to read this one, because the writer will explain everything.The cover is amazing!! seriously, if you haven't read for this writer, what are you waiting for!!
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  • Claire
    January 1, 1970
    After Darkness is set in a dystopian world with 7 distinct Capitals. Over 100 years ago, the government started experimenting on humans to create cyborgs. Cyborgs were then introduced into society, living alongside humans. But then the cyborgs (and some humans) rebelled in what's known as the Dark Era. They lost and were exiled to No Man's Land, a desolate wasteland outside of the seven Capitals. 20 years on in the present day, cyborgs have been reintroduced to society. Humans and cyborgs are fo After Darkness is set in a dystopian world with 7 distinct Capitals. Over 100 years ago, the government started experimenting on humans to create cyborgs. Cyborgs were then introduced into society, living alongside humans. But then the cyborgs (and some humans) rebelled in what's known as the Dark Era. They lost and were exiled to No Man's Land, a desolate wasteland outside of the seven Capitals. 20 years on in the present day, cyborgs have been reintroduced to society. Humans and cyborgs are forbidden from communicating in any way, without permission from the government.The story follows Terra Underwood, a 17-year-old human girl who struggles to follow the rules and keep her temper. Every night, she has nightmares about a boy with black hair who is drowning - she cannot save him and he turns into a huge black crow before she wakes up. Every night, Terra fights in the Pits, an underground fighting ring. During her next fight, she spots the boy from her nightmares. Who is he and why is he appearing in her nightmares each night? Terra has to know and chases after him - starting a chain of events that will change both of their lives forever. J F Johns has written several books set in this world, but this is a stand-alone - I hadn't read the previous books and found it easy to follow and enjoyable (though I will now be reading the other books as I enjoyed this one so much!). After Darkness is a dystopian young adult novel that has remnants of The Hunger Games, with seven distinct zones (or Capitals). But that's where the similarities end. After Darkness is fantastically written with vivid, intriguing characters and an exciting story. "Terra Underwood loved three things in life: eating, drawing and fighting. Not necessarily in that order." Terra is a great main character. She is angry, loyal and stubborn, and stays true to that throughout the story. She doesn't really make any dumb decisions like a lot of main characters in YA (though she does faint quite a few times!).Kalem is an interesting character too. I liked seeing Kalem come out of his shell as the novel progresses, becoming more emotional. The romance between Terra and Kalem is well-written and romantic, too. It felt believable - slow, sweet and gradual. I really love them together and was cheering for them throughout the book!In fact all the characters are well-written and distinct - even minor characters have a lot of depth to them, such as Hooky and Jimmy. And there are lots of strong female characters in this too - Scarlet and the monster that follows her was fascinating. I loved that part of the story! It gave me chills!There were a few things throughout the story that didn't quite add up. For example, if Terra has been going to these illegal fights regularly for years, why had no one noticed the cuts and bruises she gets until now? Surely her friends or her grandmother would have spotted these sooner? (Or at least they should have noticed how tired she is all the time!) And if the Watchers and the government know about the underground market, why haven't they closed it down by now if it's always in the same place? Terra spots Watchers hanging around the entrance to it during the day, but as soon as curfew begins, they disperse. Isn't that the time that you would want to guard it? None of these things ruined the story for me as they are necessary to keep the plot moving, but it was a bit confusing!After Darkness has all the elements of a story that I like - a fiesty female protagonist, a vast and intriguing world and a good romance. It is a little predictable at times but there were some interesting twists and turns. The story is well-paced and well-crafted, and while it doesn't end on a cliff-hanger, I want to learn what happens next. I will be picking up the next in the story, as well as J F Johns's other books. I can see myself reading this every six months or so, alongside my re-reads of The Hunger Games, Divergent and the Harry Potter series!
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  • Nermine S
    January 1, 1970
    𝙏𝙝𝙖𝙣𝙠 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙩𝙤 𝙅.𝙁 𝙅𝙤𝙝𝙣𝙨 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝘼𝙢𝙖𝙯𝙤𝙣 𝙋𝙪𝙗𝙡𝙞𝙨𝙝𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙢𝙮 𝘼𝙍𝘾 𝙘𝙤𝙥𝙮 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙗𝙤𝙤𝙠 𝙞𝙣 𝙧𝙚𝙩𝙪𝙧𝙣 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙖𝙣 𝙝𝙤𝙣𝙚𝙨𝙩 𝙧𝙚𝙫𝙞𝙚𝙬 :) So this Book is a sequel to the trilogy “Eternal Darkness”, but luckily for you (and me!) it can be read on its own without feeling like you’re missing out on any part of the story. Though, I do think it would be nice to know a little backstory if you do read the trilogy first. “𝙃𝙤𝙬 𝙘𝙤𝙪𝙡𝙙 𝙙𝙚𝙨𝙩𝙧𝙪𝙘𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣 𝙗𝙚 𝙨𝙚𝙚𝙣 𝙖𝙨 𝙗𝙚𝙖𝙪𝙩𝙞𝙛𝙪𝙡? 𝙄𝙩 𝙘𝙤𝙪𝙡𝙙𝙣’𝙩. 𝘽𝙪𝙩 𝙞𝙩 𝙬𝙖𝙨“Terra lives in a world where cyborgs and hum 𝙏𝙝𝙖𝙣𝙠 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙩𝙤 𝙅.𝙁 𝙅𝙤𝙝𝙣𝙨 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝘼𝙢𝙖𝙯𝙤𝙣 𝙋𝙪𝙗𝙡𝙞𝙨𝙝𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙢𝙮 𝘼𝙍𝘾 𝙘𝙤𝙥𝙮 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙗𝙤𝙤𝙠 𝙞𝙣 𝙧𝙚𝙩𝙪𝙧𝙣 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙖𝙣 𝙝𝙤𝙣𝙚𝙨𝙩 𝙧𝙚𝙫𝙞𝙚𝙬 :) So this Book is a sequel to the trilogy “Eternal Darkness”, but luckily for you (and me!) it can be read on its own without feeling like you’re missing out on any part of the story. Though, I do think it would be nice to know a little backstory if you do read the trilogy first. “𝙃𝙤𝙬 𝙘𝙤𝙪𝙡𝙙 𝙙𝙚𝙨𝙩𝙧𝙪𝙘𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣 𝙗𝙚 𝙨𝙚𝙚𝙣 𝙖𝙨 𝙗𝙚𝙖𝙪𝙩𝙞𝙛𝙪𝙡? 𝙄𝙩 𝙘𝙤𝙪𝙡𝙙𝙣’𝙩. 𝘽𝙪𝙩 𝙞𝙩 𝙬𝙖𝙨“Terra lives in a world where cyborgs and humans are forbidden to interact, it’s the law. Everything is monitored and watched, supposedly to protect them all. Which, Terra never understood since all they really do is make everyone miserable, or at least her. So, Terra fights in the pits illegally against cyborgs and humans alike, to get rid of this misery and the pain of losing her mum. Where she happens upon the silver boy from her nightmares, the one she can never save. Will Terra break all the laws and rebel against the government she hates so much? And is she willing to loose all she holds dear in the process?“𝙎𝙝𝙚 𝙬𝙖𝙨𝙣’𝙩 𝙗𝙧𝙤𝙠𝙚𝙣, 𝙎𝙝𝙚 𝙬𝙖𝙨 𝙛𝙧𝙚𝙚“Terra having gone through a lot with loosing her mother, has a lot of pent up aggression and is impulsive and quite the rule breaker which to me started out a bit cliché, but her love for drawing gave her character a creative/softer edge contrasting the hard edge her fighting gives her, a blend I excited to see develop through the series. One grievance I have is that I wish the character’s emotions were explored more, because the quick flow of events with mild expressions and reactions from the characters, I feel didn’t reflect the true potential of the story and characters. It got a tad bit infuriating at times, like I wasn't getting the whole picture of how they felt. The writing started off quite formal and stiff, making it slow at the beginning, but there was enough flow in the writing that I wasn’t put off. The plot itself I quite enjoyed, although I had thought it to be based on a Science fiction dystopian it did get muddled up at the first mention of the Destroyer of Worlds with fantasy that felt off when first introduced. That being said the rest of the plot and events themselves redeemed the book for me. The history of the Dark Era which I found gripping as well as the mystery that follows why the government is the way it is. The layout of the world with its Capitols gives serious hunger games vibes but the story and history itself is unique and isn’t like typical dystopians I’ve read before. So if you’re looking for a book to get eased into dystopian novels I’d say this is a decent read :)
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  • Misty's Book Space
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to the author and Shannon from R&R Book Tours for providing me a copy of this book and allowing me to participate in the blog tour in exchange for my honest review. I was initially drawn to this book because of its cover. I also had no clue this was a sequel until after I had already finished it. Needless to say it can be read as a standalone. I never felt confused. Everything was explained although not overly explained which is always a plus to me. Overall I really enjoyed this book Thank you to the author and Shannon from R&R Book Tours for providing me a copy of this book and allowing me to participate in the blog tour in exchange for my honest review. I was initially drawn to this book because of its cover. I also had no clue this was a sequel until after I had already finished it. Needless to say it can be read as a standalone. I never felt confused. Everything was explained although not overly explained which is always a plus to me. Overall I really enjoyed this book but I did have some issues with it so we will start with those so we can end on some positives. First off I was so annoyed that Terra kept referring to Kalem as the boy from her nightmares. Now to be fair this was her inner monologue but it literally happened throughout most of the book and it started to get on my nerves. I can understand mentioning a couple of times but I get it she was dreaming about him I don't need to keep being told. The other little issue I had was the fact that had Terra just talked to someone before it was to late all of the issues could have been avoided. I don't like when all of the conflict could have been avoided by simply talking.Those are my only 2 issues really but even with those issues I still thoroughly enjoyed the book. Lets talk about some positives shall we. First the characters. There's the lead female Terra who is a very strong female lead. She's equal parts a badass and can take care of her self and also flawed and needs someone to lean on sometimes but you never look at her as being weak. Then there's Kalem who is the male lead. Even though he is a Cyborg I found him to be swoon worthy. You get to see both of these characters grow throughout the book but I think Kalem's growth was the most noticeable. There are also several side characters some of which play small parts others bigger parts but I felt like all of them were fleshed out really well. There were some that I didn't really see the point in their character but it's nothing to major.The world building was great. In the description that the author gives you I was able to picture everything so vividly. Sometimes I felt like I was right there with the characters enduring what they were enduring. It ends on a cliffhanger and we all know how I feel about cliffhangers. Well maybe not all of us. I don't like them. I don't like being left with questions but I understand why authors have them. I will say I am left wanting to know what is in store next for these characters
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  • Rebecca Veight
    January 1, 1970
    This is the beginning of a sequel series to Eternal Darkness trilogy. But you can start with this book and not have read the prequels like I did and really enjoy it. And you will join me in anticipating the sequel.In a near future with a controlling New Government, cyborgs live among humans as lesser citizens. They have returned after being exiled, due to the revolution. Cyborgs and humans are not allowed to interact without official permission.Terra lives in a privileged part of the city but sp This is the beginning of a sequel series to Eternal Darkness trilogy. But you can start with this book and not have read the prequels like I did and really enjoy it. And you will join me in anticipating the sequel.In a near future with a controlling New Government, cyborgs live among humans as lesser citizens. They have returned after being exiled, due to the revolution. Cyborgs and humans are not allowed to interact without official permission.Terra lives in a privileged part of the city but spends her nights taking parts in illegal underground fights. There she meets Kalem, a cyborg, who is the boy that she has been having nightmares about!They mystery of what binds them together gets you hooked, as circumstances bring them into each other's lives. And what a pair they make: The rebellious, wisecracking but ultimately kind Terra, with the seemingly always serious, secretive and obviously wounded Kalem. Their interactions boast of a great chemistry being developed in spite of their reservations, due to trust issues and the illegality of it all.I really like that Terra has no prejudice against cyborgs. How brutally honest she can be. And that she constantly wants to throw things at Kalem!There is more to this world than just the dictatorial government on the surface. This is sci-fi with a hint of a supernatural element to it. The author has done a great job in filling this book with engaging characters. Quite a feat to decide on a fave. A richness in emotions embellishes the narrative. Discovering what is really going on is so intriguing, and we do it along with our protagonist in such interesting ways. Also there is no predicting where the story is going.Sometimes things are over-explained, but luckily that doesn't ruin the pace, even though there are a few 'slower' parts.In a nutshell, this is about having faith in the ability to change things for the better. About battling your demons, facing your past and becoming stronger because of it.
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  • Faultsareus
    January 1, 1970
    This book is a sci-fi fantasy YA novel and it gave me a bit of supernatural vibes as well. Which got a little confusing later.It starts with Terra who has nightmares about a boy she tries to save him but fails. In her real life she fights in the pits and has contact with cyborgs which is highly illegal.One day she notices the boy in her nightmares in the stands of fighting pit. And when the pits are attacked and raided by Watchers/police. The boy saves her and takes her to his hideout/home. Wher This book is a sci-fi fantasy YA novel and it gave me a bit of supernatural vibes as well. Which got a little confusing later.It starts with Terra who has nightmares about a boy she tries to save him but fails. In her real life she fights in the pits and has contact with cyborgs which is highly illegal.One day she notices the boy in her nightmares in the stands of fighting pit. And when the pits are attacked and raided by Watchers/police. The boy saves her and takes her to his hideout/home. Where she meets the other cyborgs and Scarlett who is the x prototype. Who they say is the reason for the war/ rebellion.There is a forbidden romance between the cyborg boy and Terra(human). She is blind from one eye. Which she constantly thinks in her book is a flaw and is very conscious about it. Yet she is true to herself her flaws her temper. I liked that about her. I would love to know more about Kalem he sounds like an interesting person. And the monster... now him/it has me intrigued.All the other characters though, frankly speaking I was lost! I haven't read the previous series and since there are many characters and mentions from the previous ones. I could not really understand their motivation their relationship with one another. Which is why i found this book confusing. I found myself feeling detached from the events unfolding in the book which is clearly important and I would understand them if I read the previous series.I felt like the whole relationship between Terra and scarlett wasn't explained, her grandmother was out of the play so to speak too early. The cyborg from the pits who Terra risks her life for was just mentioned in passing when clearly he meant a lot to her.I didn't feel Terra had any attachment to her friends no matter how hard we were told they were important and what happens later in the book.I would suggest readers to read the previous series before picking this one.Thankyou to Netgalley and the Publisher for providing me with the ARC for an honest opinion
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  • Nerdgurll❤
    January 1, 1970
    ‘My name is Terra Underwood, by the way.’‘Didn’t ask.’‘I know, thought you should know anyway.’She heard him sigh.‘I’m Kalem.’ A few seconds passed and then, ‘Kalem Akuma.’‘Akuma? Seriously?’‘It means demon.’She couldn’t help but think it was rather fitting.‘Well, Underwood means ‘wood that is under.’ What exactly it’s under we’ll never know.’‘Is that meant to be a joke?’‘Everything I say is meant as a joke.’When I first saw this book and read it's synopsis, I knew I had to read it. I mean scien ‘My name is Terra Underwood, by the way.’‘Didn’t ask.’‘I know, thought you should know anyway.’She heard him sigh.‘I’m Kalem.’ A few seconds passed and then, ‘Kalem Akuma.’‘Akuma? Seriously?’‘It means demon.’She couldn’t help but think it was rather fitting.‘Well, Underwood means ‘wood that is under.’ What exactly it’s under we’ll never know.’‘Is that meant to be a joke?’‘Everything I say is meant as a joke.’When I first saw this book and read it's synopsis, I knew I had to read it. I mean science fiction with forbidden romance and evil government? Count me in!! And I am glad I read this book. It's awesome😍!!The story revolves around a teenage human girl Terra who is blind at one eye and loves fighting to calm down her rage that is always inside her. She lives in a world where there are cyborgs and the government has implemented strict rules to keep both humans and cyborgs in line. Terra never liked the government because of it.On the other hand, she gets nightmares everyday where she tries to save a cyborg boy and fails. So what happens when she meets the cyborg boy whose name is Kalem? What does this all mean?? Will Kalem and Terra both be able to fight their feelings for each other while trying to defeat the government?You'll have to read the book to know all this😉.This book is the sequel of The Eternal Darkness series but you don't have to read it if you want because author completely explains everything. I really liked this book and the suspense kept me hooked!! I loved how Terra's and Kalem's personality development as the book progressed. And the fact that there are many POVs in the book gives us story of all the other characters is really great. I would prefer if the book had a little bit more emotion but other than that it's really amazing and I would totally recommend it❤.Thank you netgalley and publisher for giving me an eARC in exchange for an honest review✨.
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  • Meddling Reader
    January 1, 1970
    In the year 2160 cyborgs and humans live alongside one another but are not allowed to interact. If you are dumb enough to break the rules you could very well end up dead. Terra Underwood is a human who hates the New Government and their stupid rules. In fact, she does everything she can to break them.Addicted to adrenaline and the escape from her nightmares that fighting provides, she ends up deeply immersed in the underground black market and fight club. It’s the only place where she can truly In the year 2160 cyborgs and humans live alongside one another but are not allowed to interact. If you are dumb enough to break the rules you could very well end up dead. Terra Underwood is a human who hates the New Government and their stupid rules. In fact, she does everything she can to break them.Addicted to adrenaline and the escape from her nightmares that fighting provides, she ends up deeply immersed in the underground black market and fight club. It’s the only place where she can truly be herself. That is until the cyborg that haunts her nightmares suddenly appears there. Setting Terra on a journey to find answers to her troubling questions… Who is he? Where did he come from? And most importantly, how is she supposed to save him?A YA sci-fi dystopian novel, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this one! Terra is a BMF, who goes through one of the best character arcs that I have read in a long time. Her sarcasm is woven throughout the narrative, not just found in her snarky dialogue. Plus, she is now one half of my newest OTPs!Gritty but humorous writing, if you are fan of YA dystopians with the forbidden love trope you need to keep your eye out for this book! Even if you are not the biggest fan of sci-fi…. It. Is. Worth. It! Trust me, you will have no regrets and can join me on having to patiently wait for the sequel. Thankfully, I can scratch my itch by looking into the prequel trilogy: Eternal Darkness.5 out of 5 stars! Go out and pre-order now!——Publish Date: April 14th, 2020A huge thank to Netgalley and J.F. John’s for allowing me to review this ARC.
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  • Jaisyn Allyn
    January 1, 1970
    Love the basis of this sequel to Eternal Darkness. It focuses on the main character, Terra, a human, who dreams about, and meets a cyborg boy, Kalem. They embark on an adventure to try to rid the world of an evil immortal X-Prototype, that is secretly controlling the government. Humans and cyborgs are forbidden to even speak to each other, much less become friends, adding to their forbidden relationship..During the book I felt like the story of Scarlet would have be a much better focus; and then Love the basis of this sequel to Eternal Darkness. It focuses on the main character, Terra, a human, who dreams about, and meets a cyborg boy, Kalem. They embark on an adventure to try to rid the world of an evil immortal X-Prototype, that is secretly controlling the government. Humans and cyborgs are forbidden to even speak to each other, much less become friends, adding to their forbidden relationship..During the book I felt like the story of Scarlet would have be a much better focus; and then I learned, Eternal Darkness explains her story (even though you’re suppose to be able to read this on it’s own, I think that story would have increased the impact of this one, if I read it prior).Overall it’s a great read, the action scenes are descriptive and colorful; it kept me interested in the story. It’s fairly quick and easy to read, but seems to pull elements from a few other more well known novels (Hunger Games, Cinder, Divergent Series, …)I thought we’d basically stay within the mind of Terra for the entirety of the book, but it becomes obvious thats not the case about half way through when we jump to different scenes without Terra in them, playing into the fact I felt the character thoughts are sporadic, and development is slim; making most of them lack the depth they need for me to really feel attached..The ending wasn’t anything unexpected; but leaves us wanting to see where things go… but in the world of Scarlet more so than Terra. Rating: 3.5/5Thank you NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review :)
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  • Em
    January 1, 1970
    I am utterly annoyed by this book's cover, lack of originality oozes even on the cover of this book. The cover is exactly like the Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi.This book is about a girl name Terra who I perceived to have 2 brain cells, she was like, me punch, me bite off ears. This book contains a world where cyborgs and humans live together but separate--there are eyes (the government) constantly watching for any kind of interaction between the two. It follows Terra and all the trouble she I am utterly annoyed by this book's cover, lack of originality oozes even on the cover of this book. The cover is exactly like the Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi.This book is about a girl name Terra who I perceived to have 2 brain cells, she was like, me punch, me bite off ears. This book contains a world where cyborgs and humans live together but separate--there are eyes (the government) constantly watching for any kind of interaction between the two. It follows Terra and all the trouble she gets herself into as she can't bring herself to follow any rules; even if they are in her best interest. When characters were first introduced it was very wordy and confusing, this may have been because they tried to give nicknames right after introducing them instead of using their real names for a bit? I personally was not able to finish this book, I read about 50%. The writing was straight forward with lack of details, I will say there were like two moments where I was like WOAH, some decent descriptors to go off of. I would not recommend this book to anyone, but would also not deter anyone from if they wanted to give it a shot. The writing was straight forward, with shallow world building and characters given names with 1 or 2 descriptions. I will admit 15 year old me would have probably enjoyed this book, as it would have been before years of reading dystopian novels just like this one but with more development.
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  • CJ
    January 1, 1970
    This one is truly for fans of the Eternal Darkness series. The juvenile writing reads like the first draft of fan fiction. The lackluster story and characters were cliched, predictable and did little to add to the Eternal Darkness universe. Charging through at a breakneck pace means there is no emotional connection to the characters and you spend a lot of time rolling your eyes at their shenanigans instead of joining them on their journey. The heroine lives in a militarized surveillance state an This one is truly for fans of the Eternal Darkness series. The juvenile writing reads like the first draft of fan fiction. The lackluster story and characters were cliched, predictable and did little to add to the Eternal Darkness universe. Charging through at a breakneck pace means there is no emotional connection to the characters and you spend a lot of time rolling your eyes at their shenanigans instead of joining them on their journey. The heroine lives in a militarized surveillance state and is super ace at dodging surveillance bots and guards but clueless that her inept friends were able to tail her to the super-secret-place. And seriously, NO teenage boys room smells like rain, earth and vanilla, even if they are a cyborg. Just ... No.Recommended for fans of The Hunger Games, Divergent.Thank you to Netgalley and Amazon Publishing for the ARC.
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  • Gemma Bray
    January 1, 1970
    I knew this book was a sequel when I came across the blog book tour, turns out it's the fourth book in the Eternal Darkness series! Now I've read this book, I'm definitely going to look at reading the others in the series. You can read it without the reading the others but I feel for a more enjoyable reading experience, do read the books before After Darkness.A good book for me has to have good characters and that's exactly what After Darkness has, Terra is a interesting, strong female protagoni I knew this book was a sequel when I came across the blog book tour, turns out it's the fourth book in the Eternal Darkness series! Now I've read this book, I'm definitely going to look at reading the others in the series. You can read it without the reading the others but I feel for a more enjoyable reading experience, do read the books before After Darkness.A good book for me has to have good characters and that's exactly what After Darkness has, Terra is a interesting, strong female protagonist. Her development over the course of the book was great! The minor characters were also pretty in-depth I'm glad a couple of them received their limelight. J. F. Johns did a great story of setting the scene and creating the characters.Also I love how each of them had their own personality, this is soo important and it shows they're not just the same! Another thing I love is the scenery, the story is set in a futuristic dystopian world which is totally up my alley. It's definitely different from what I normally read but worth it! The world-building is great, also J. F. Johns provided a really good backstory of how the Nation came to be.Read the full review here: https://anoceanglimmer.wordpress.com/...
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  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this book, but i will say that the Terra we meet at the beginning does not resemble the Terra we see by the end. Beginning Terra is a confident cage fighter that honestly is a bit scatterbrained and self absorbed. We see glimmers of that later, but mostly it seems to just disappear. We see very little of her friends, until suddenly Sasha becomes very important. Still have no idea what happens to Damian. We kind of seem to forget he exists. I also dont understand why it was so im I really enjoyed this book, but i will say that the Terra we meet at the beginning does not resemble the Terra we see by the end. Beginning Terra is a confident cage fighter that honestly is a bit scatterbrained and self absorbed. We see glimmers of that later, but mostly it seems to just disappear. We see very little of her friends, until suddenly Sasha becomes very important. Still have no idea what happens to Damian. We kind of seem to forget he exists. I also dont understand why it was so important to drive home how creepy Eric is the first several times we see him, but later we are supposed to feel a connection to him. Really after the first few times, please stop calling Kallem the boy from her nightmares. We know. Plus it gives the impression that we should be scared of him. I get the first few times, it was supposed to reinforce where she recognized him from. After that, it's redundant and makes him sound like someone she is scared of "the boy from her nightmares grabbed her hand". That doesn't fit with the love she feels for him. This is the beginning of a series, so it will be interesting to see how it plays out..
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  • Ivy Bookdragon
    January 1, 1970
    So where is the next book in this series?I read this without knowing that it was the follow up to the Eternal Darkness trilogy.And while I could follow the story just fine because it has new characters, there are characters from the original trilogy involved who will make you want to read the first three books because they are so strong and wonderful. Also, the story is beautifully complex and I'm sure that- while it isn't really necessary - reading the story from the beginning will enhance the So where is the next book in this series?I read this without knowing that it was the follow up to the Eternal Darkness trilogy.And while I could follow the story just fine because it has new characters, there are characters from the original trilogy involved who will make you want to read the first three books because they are so strong and wonderful. Also, the story is beautifully complex and I'm sure that- while it isn't really necessary - reading the story from the beginning will enhance the experience even more.There is the forbidden relationship between a girl and a Cyborg, there are some supernatural elements like mindcontrol and there is a seemingly mighty government that has their eyes and ears everywhere.Not to forget the mysterious prototype Cyborgs who seem to be immortal...I really can't wait to be be back in this world and see where the Cyborgs are taking us next!Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for this eARC.I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Angela Mirode
    January 1, 1970
    This story is set in the dystopian genre.
Humans and cyborgs are cohabiting and there's a lot of rules to follow.
The government is installing a curfew and humans are not supposed to change anything about their body. For example if you have an accident and lose a leg, you can't repair it or make any modifications whatsoever. Any contacts between humans and cyborgs is also prohibited.
So when Terra Underwood is fighting illegally and past curfew in the pits, an underground place where humans and This story is set in the dystopian genre.
Humans and cyborgs are cohabiting and there's a lot of rules to follow.
The government is installing a curfew and humans are not supposed to change anything about their body. For example if you have an accident and lose a leg, you can't repair it or make any modifications whatsoever. Any contacts between humans and cyborgs is also prohibited.
So when Terra Underwood is fighting illegally and past curfew in the pits, an underground place where humans and cyborgs fights and where she goes every night, she's breaking more than a rule.
But Terra's anger against the government is not satisfied. They killed the people that were close to her and it doesn't help that her father is working for them.
The story then takes a new turn when she finds the boy. This boy is appearing in her nightmares and she doesn't know who he is but one night she finds him standing in front of her.
My thoughts: The story is original and I liked the setting. I also enjoyed the main romance and the fact that it's forbidden. But I must admit I was bored at some points.
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  • Books0507_Ashley
    January 1, 1970
    After Darkness is the first thing I have read by J.F Johns. After finishing this I then discovered that it is a sequel to the trilogy Eternal Darkness which I have not read but you can read this one and understand everything without having read the previous series. I liked the idea of this story, Humans and Cyborgs living together but are prohibited from communicating with one another. I liked how fast paced the book was, I was able to fly through this easily. I liked the main characters, they h After Darkness is the first thing I have read by J.F Johns. After finishing this I then discovered that it is a sequel to the trilogy Eternal Darkness which I have not read but you can read this one and understand everything without having read the previous series. I liked the idea of this story, Humans and Cyborgs living together but are prohibited from communicating with one another. I liked how fast paced the book was, I was able to fly through this easily. I liked the main characters, they had good chemistry and I'm glad that despite the rules they live by they were able to overcome and trust in what they felt. The only thing I didn't really enjoy was when the main character has a sudden idea from a gut feeling and then she went off to do something really dangerous without any real evidence or discussion. Oh and one more thing that slightly irritated me was the reference to 'the boy of her nightmares' I just think it was used way to many times. I like the books cover, although I was reading the Shatter Me series at the same time and found it the covers to be a little too similar!Overall I did enjoy the book, and I'm interested to see what book 2 might bring. Thanks to Netgallery for a ARC in exchange for my review.
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  • Hannah Vestal
    January 1, 1970
    In a world where humans and cyborgs are not allowed to speak to each other, and cyborgs are persecuted for being what they are, Terra, a human, has a hard time fitting in. She fights in illegal fights and dreams of a cyborg boy. When she sees the boy from her dreams in real life, she has to know why. Her pursuit of the truth will test her will and will put her and everything she loves in danger. Will she find the answers she seeks? At what price?I was very interested in this book, because I like In a world where humans and cyborgs are not allowed to speak to each other, and cyborgs are persecuted for being what they are, Terra, a human, has a hard time fitting in. She fights in illegal fights and dreams of a cyborg boy. When she sees the boy from her dreams in real life, she has to know why. Her pursuit of the truth will test her will and will put her and everything she loves in danger. Will she find the answers she seeks? At what price?I was very interested in this book, because I liked the concept of humans and cyborgs living together yet separate. This book did not disappoint! It gave a vibe of X-Men meets the Hunger Games, which was pretty interesting. If you’re looking for a sci-fi adventure with a bit of romance, this is a good book for you!Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me to read this book as an eARC.
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  • Jo McKenna-Aspell
    January 1, 1970
    I definitely enjoyed this a great deal more than “Eternal Darkness.” I’m wondering (like an awful middle-aged-reader-cliché) if that’s in part because Johns has developed as a writer over the last four years and several books? I will certainly be giving the author more of my time and my money with any of her future publications. The pace of “After Darkness” briskly sweeps you along the narrative. Whilst it is very apparent that there’s a deeper pre-story to the cyborgs, this isn’t a distraction I definitely enjoyed this a great deal more than “Eternal Darkness.” I’m wondering (like an awful middle-aged-reader-cliché) if that’s in part because Johns has developed as a writer over the last four years and several books? I will certainly be giving the author more of my time and my money with any of her future publications. The pace of “After Darkness” briskly sweeps you along the narrative. Whilst it is very apparent that there’s a deeper pre-story to the cyborgs, this isn’t a distraction but instead makes the world richer. There’s just enough detail in the physical description of the cyborgs to make them both plausible and slightly eerie. As their backstories develop, they become the most compelling characters in the book. Fortunately, whilst the relationship between Terra and Kalem grows through the book it doesn’t come to define Terra. I like that a great deal.
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