Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Darkness Falls Review

286 pages

When the disease spread through the world, people had no choice but to go into hiding. The Colony is hidden deep underground, far away from the vampires—humans that were transformed by the disease. The vampires are hideous, starving, and they will kill any human they come across.Seventeen-year-old Kayla is a Bellator, a warrior that protects The Colony. In order to survive, there are three rules she must follow:
Rule #1—Never go out after dark.
Rule #2—Always carry a weapon.
Rule #3—No matter what, never EVER get bit.
But what happens when the rules Kayla has always lived by can no longer apply? The Highers run The Colony and accept nothing less than perfection. One slip up can mean death. Kayla has always worked hard to follow the rules and strive for perfection. But during a moment of weakness, she lets her imperfections show. Her punishment is worse than death. She is chosen for The Gathering and is thrown out into a world full of starving vampires. No one has ever survived The Gathering, at least that’s what Kayla’s been told. But when she runs into a group who insist they were once part of The Gathering, Kayla discovers the Highers have been keeping secrets. Secrets that could lead to a cure.

This book left me feeling slightly confused (but in a good way) yet hungry for the next one in the series. This is a world where vampires have basically taken over and to be human means something else entirely. Kayla is a strong heroine with exceptional fighting abilities. For a good part of the book you're left in the dark about who she really is and the other secrets and lies that surround her. This doesn't make the story any less intriguing especially as the secrets begin to unravel. The vampires in this book are different from most, a result of the disease that changed them. I really enjoyed all of the action and twists and turns that occurred in this novel. There are a lot of moments where things happen that change your whole perspective of the world in this story and the characters. There are quite a few characters that Kayla meets along the way that help her learn more about herself but also reveal more about the world around them. The ending leaves you in a bit of a cliffhanger but also anticipating the next book in the series. I definitely recommend this novel to those who like dystopian and vampire novels.


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