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Darkest Light (Half World #2)

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  89 ratings  ·  18 reviews
The breathtaking follow-up to the award-winning Half World Adopted as an infant, Gee has been kept ignorant of his troubled past. Now, at sixteen, he is a loner both despised and feared by his classmates. Dark feelings slowly grow inside him, but as he struggles to control them, his past catches up with him. Abandoning his adoptive grandmother and the place he has called ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published January 31st 2012 by Razorbill (first published January 20th 2012)
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Maria
Although I enjoyed Half World I have to say I enjoyed the sequel a whole lot more. I wasn't sure where the story would go but was exited to see how Hiromi Goto pulled off Gee, who was in his past life, the main antagonist of Half World. And I have to say she pulled Gee off splendidly. His character was so different from Melanie. Through the entire book he has an internal struggle and you could see how it was tearing him apart.

Like its predecessor, the world was exceptionally crafted and I could
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Alanna King
This Young Adult fantasy is a sequel to Goto’s Half World, which was nominated for numerous awards in young adult fantasy. Half World is a kind of purgatory where people go who haven’t resolved events in their lives. The first book introduced one such character, Mr. Glueskin, who is able to leave Half World for ours as a baby.

The story continues from Goto’s Half World following the life of Gee, now a teenager who relies on his adopted grandmother, Popo, for guidance. Gee’s mysterious background
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Angel
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Release Date:January 31, 2012
Publisher: Razorbill
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 288
Format: Hardcover
Source: ARC received from Penguin Canada

Tell Me More:Hiromi Goto's Half Worldis an exercise in harnessing one's imagination. Not since Gracelinghave I found a more richly imagined fantasy world, though it is quite darker than Kristin Cashore's work. I was glad to have Darkest Lighton my shelf immediately after reading HW.

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Eden
With both a prologue and an introduction, the first chapter’s frontloaded backstory—however succinct—bogs the reader even further down. Add to that the fact that Gee isn’t the most likeable hero, and we have a slow start to this sequel to Half World. Of course, there is a reason why Gee isn’t likeable. His struggles with his inner self are realistic, but also prevent any kind of smooth character development; the instant that Gee starts feeling more human, his evil voice will speak up, or vice ve ...more
Meghan
The struggle to keep the balance between the three realms continues in this sequel to Half World. For which you can find my review here. This time though we see little to none of Melanie. She is out of the picture pretty much and instead, this time around we are following Baby G.

Only, Baby G isn't a baby anymore, he's a teenage boy. Gee knows there is some dark mystery behind where he came from, but has not even the slightest clue just how dark it is. His "Popo" or pseudo grandmother has raised
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Giselle at Book Nerd Canada
Gee is all grown up now and he has felt different than anyone. His sister is gone and his grandma who is always there for him is feeble and starts to get sick she says something mysterious about Half World. His parents are there. Together with a new friend he finds along the way, they land in Half World where everything is well dead.

This is definitely a different theme from Half World. Gee struggles to be good when so many obstacles get in his way. Hiromi Goto’s world building is clearly epic. I
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JeanBookNerd
The action packed fantasy world inside Darkest Light by Hiromi Goto is the perfect sequel for the Half World Series. Each page is splattered with highly detailed scenes, settings, and unforgettable characters. Hiromi brilliantly continues the story with the telling of Gee, a boy who sets off on a voyage to learn about himself and discover his true purpose in the world. Hiromi’s solid writing will immediately hook readers from the very beginning. They mystery that clouds over Gee is very interest ...more
Eilonwy
This is a sequel to Half World, and picks up sixteen years after the end of the previous novel. Where Melanie was fourteen, Gee is sixteen, and the writing, themes, and stronger language of this novel reflect that difference. Weirdly, though, I found the imagery in this book less horrifying than in the first, although it may be because this time I knew what to expect. I will warn you all that I regretted reading a couple of scenes during breakfast, though.

I don't want to say too much about this
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Wendy
The sequel to Half World is much darker than its predecessor, or at least I found it so. Half World focused on finding something in Half World and getting it out to set the world right, but Darker Light takes the odd, alienated, and shunned Gee back into Half World, the realm of endless despair and suffering. There, Gee battles monsters, witnesses horrors, and tries to come to grips with his own evil urges and impulses. The fate of everyone in colourless, twilit Half World - and the other two re ...more
Joyce
Thought I'd give this author another try as Ariel really liked it. I guess greater familiarity with the religious paradigm or spiritual principles or whatever from Asian (Chinese?)culture would make me appreciate this all more, and I did try to get my mind around the mythology of the Three Realms and the way Half World worked, but I felt pretty confused about it all. And I started getting creeped out when the characters began to get sucked into the Half World rules. I feel like the story we star ...more
E
I loved the first book in this series, and of course I jumped at the chance to read the sequel when I found out that there would be one. Luckily for me, I received this advance copy in a goodreads giveaway, and I can honestly say that I couldn't be happier with this continuation.

The new protagonist is a very believable and troubled character. At first I didn't like his travel companion, but she grew on me as the book went on. The prose is just as good as the first book and Half World remains a c
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Don
My utmost thanks to the Author, the Publisher, and Goodreads for giving me the chance to read and review this free book.

Very imaginative! Nothing like I've ever read before.

Was slotted as for Teen readers, but can also be for Adults.

Completely stays away from the standard vampire-ish novels and story-lines that seem to currently fill up Book Store shelves.
Nynnie Whale
The story was okay, although simplistic; I felt it could have been pulled off better. The book was repetitive, or rather, phrases were. I almost considered tallying how many times the same descriptions of the sensation in someone's throat or flavour of their spit or the mechanics of Gee's hair flip popped up. It was an extremely quick read.
Kate Miller
Part 2 of half world just as good as the first! More weirdo outsiders in horror movie and fantasy novel inspired otherworld.
Kat

Really enjoyed the sequel to Half World. My full review will appear in ResourceLinks.
Laura
a bit quirky, and something about it bothered me and I can't quite put my finger on it
Michelle
Sequel to Half Life. Dark and bizarre, but strangely compelling.
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Hiromi’s first novel, Chorus of Mushrooms (1994), received the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book in the Caribbean and Canada region and was co-winner of the Canada-Japan Book Award. Her short stories and poetry have been widely published in literary journals and anthologies. Her second novel, The Kappa Child (2001), was a finalist for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Regional ...more
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