after darkness

Book Tour: “After Darkness” – Review

In a world where it’s illegal for cyborgs and humans to mingle…

I’d like to thank YA Bound Book Tours for hosting this tour.

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After Darkness

Author: J.F. Johns

Genre: YA Sci-Fi/Dystopian

Release Date: April 14, 2020

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Summary: 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 p.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? 

Review

I’m not a huge sci-fi reader but when it comes to cyborgs, call me interested.

Terra Underwood has anger issues stemming from a traumatic experience as a child. She lets this anger out by fighting in the Pits, an illegal underground area where humans and cyborgs can mingle. During one of her fights she sees a boy whom she’s only ever seen in her nightmares, one she can never save. From that moment, Terra needs to find him and discover the reason why they’re connected.

I wasn’t aware that this is actually a spin-off of another trilogy, but with that being said, I don’t think you need to read those to understand this story. The world is explained well, despite a few Hunger Games vibes, and the history is easy to follow.

When it comes to Terra: I liked her but she is the type of character whose mouth or reckless decisions can have you groaning, “Why?” at her actions. However, that’s where Kalem comes in, the cyborg boy from her nightmares, who is able to reel her back in (well, sometimes.) Any type of relationship they could have is forbidden and I think that helped me root for them a bit more.

As I said in the beginning, I like cyborgs and stories with them. Each one is different but many involve the cyborgs being treated like crap with some humans wanting equality between them and this one is no different. If anything, you want to see the cyborgs live normal lives with human friends. The equality message is strong.

Quibbles

I do want to say I liked this book. Once I got into the story I kept going, however, when it came to Terra’s human friends, I just didn’t feel that connection. They don’t have too many scenes together so when they do get involved with Terra’s secret life, I wasn’t as invested as her time with cyborgs.

There are also some phrases that are repeated a lot when it came to describing characters. I’m not sure if it was intentional but it didn’t take me out of the story too much.

Overall

If anything, I’m very interested in reading the first trilogy to learn more about other characters in this book. Like I said, I’m pretty sure you don’t have to read them, but they could answer some questions.

I enjoyed Terra and Kalem’s interactions and felt they balanced each other out. I found the cyborgs to be very interesting, either in the way they looked or their past. Aside from a few small nitpicks, I can’t wait to see what happens in the sequel. This one ended on a rather big cliff-hanger that won’t disappoint and have you wanting to read more.

4.0-5

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About the Author

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J.F. Johns is 25 years old and born and raised in Spain. She studied English Literature and Creative Writing at ARU in Cambridge, UK.

She’s an animal lover and spends her free time playing with her adopted dog, drinking too much coffee and posting book photos on her Instagram.

She believes in the art of dramatic sighing and eye-rolling. She works as a ninja but has been told several times that she’s not very good at her job.

Eternal Darkness is her debut novel and is the first book in the Eternal Darkness Trilogy.

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