The End Begins: Sudden Darkness
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The End Begins: Sudden Darkness

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"Brothers and sisters, may I have your attention," President Green said into the megaphone. I held my breath. What would he say next? At that moment, I wouldn't have been surprised if he'd said the moon was scheduled to turn to blood next Tuesday night. "As you know, alarming events are unfolding. People are scared and confused. Life as we have known it will never be the s...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published September 30th 2012 by Covenant Communications (first published January 1st 2012)
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Nadia
First, let me admit something - I'm completely, and utterly, biased. This is a book by a friend of mine, whom I absolutely adore. She could fingerpaint an entire book, and I would still give it 5 stars. And not just b/c I love her; it would be incredibly impressive to fingerpaint a book and get it published.

That out of the way, I really enjoyed this book. I enjoyed the main character for being atypical in the land of LDS fiction - independent, not looking to marry, and spiritual without walking...more
Christy
Margot Hovley’s debut novel, Sudden Darkness, is a gripping story of a young girl, Amélie, caught in a world of terror and uncertainty. Since radiation is leaking from a nearby nuclear plant, Amélie, her immediate family, and her church family must walk to Utah from their home in Zillah, Washington. Not only is there physical danger lurking at every turn in the road, but personal struggle awaits— Amélie may lose her heart.
This well crafted, fast-paced novel will delight young and old alike, as t...more
Erica
3.5 Stars. This was due back to the library, so I took a short hiatus from Fire of the Covenant to read it. Surprisingly, it was similar to Fire of the Covenant, but set in modern times. There's a nuclear attack on the USA and Amelie, who was crippled as a child, must trek with her mom, brother & best friend/new love interested from WA to Utah. I thought the premise of the story interesting (and was mentally packing my own backpack for what I'd want to take with me), but it felt a little rus...more
Kathryn
What a surprise! I loved this book. Reading the summary, I thought, " I don't want to read a book about the end of the world," but this was sooo good. I read to escape into the happily ever after story world. This was such a real, type story line, but I couldn't put it down and wanted more. There were so many emotions in Amelie's feelings of " damaged goods" thoughts for herself, her discovery of confusing feelings of friendship and more for Zack and then her attraction and vise for ryan the cou...more
Photina
The End Begins: Sudden Darkness is Margot Hovley's debut novel. Amélie is an 18 year old girl who goes from being a senior in High School to a modern day pioneer. When the government is attacked and the country plummets into chaos, Amélie and her family leave their home in Zillah, WA to start a trek to Salt Lake City with the other members of their LDS Stake. As a large group with resources that were in high demand Amélie, her family, and the others walking to Salt Lake City are a target for loo...more
Rachel
3 1/2 stars

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Overall Review:
Ever wondered if you have what it takes to be like the pioneers of old? In Sudden Darkness, author Margot Hovley places the world under terrorist attack. With the United States government in disarray and modern technology useless, main character, Amelie, and her family must trek for hundreds of miles to find safety. Hovley crafts an intriguing and down-to-earth character in Amelie and readers will enjoy witnessing her character's...more
Laurie
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Shanda
Amelie (pronounced ah-may-lee) is an 18-year-old senior in a small high school in Zillah, Washington. She lives on a farm, loves music, plays piano, and works hard despite her leg that was crippled in a devastating injury as a little girl. Her father leaves town on a business trip, and other than a visit from local celebrity Ryan Cook, Amelie’s life in Zillah is nothing out of the ordinary.

Until the night the power goes out.

When Amelie and her family are instructed to pack up necessities and pre...more
Kenneth
This story reads like a page from tomorrow

Eighteen-year-old Amélie Hatch lives in a troubled time — our time. And when terrorists explode a high-altitude nuclear device over the U.S, it creates an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) which destroys electronic circuitry all across the nation. Amélie and everyone she knows is plunged into technological darkness.

But the spiritual darkness that falls over the community is even worse. While some people rally together, others steal and even murder. Amélie's ch...more
Shauna
What a story!
What would you do if all the lights went out...for days on end?
What would you do if all of the electronic devices didn't work...like cars, phones, computers, games?
What would you do if you were asked to walk across the span of multiple states?

This story makes you really think about your life and what would happen if everything just quit and you were asked to leave it all behind.

SO AMAZINGLY GOOD!

Tragedy and war have filled the newspapers.
But, to Amelie life goes on as normal...
Well,...more
Jessica
oh how I wish covenant communications would allow it's authors/ editors/ book making people to run with their ideas... expand them and fill them in, instead of making them into these... useless... urg... gah!! I loved the characters, was fascinated by the idea of the plot, loved the references to the church (they felt authentic instead of gimmicky... hey, a mormon book, we better put churchy stuff in here!). It was an ok book. Everything just moved so quickly, nothing seemed developed or fleshed...more
Brooke Berry
I read this book a few months ago and I still find myself thinking about it.

If something were to happen, whether it be natural disaster or something nuclear, and we were left without power for a long time. Would you be prepared? If the computer systems didn't work, all new cars wouldn't work. Gas would be scarce, and when people panicked it would cause chaos.

Sudden darkness describes just this event. And if over time nothing changed, longer term solutions would be needed. In this case, their l...more
Shellie
Wow!! I was on edge from the beginning clear through the book. I felt and angst and worry of the characters and I felt like I was there with them. Great writing!! I really liked how I felt calm and comforted by the outcome. This was not an easy book for me to read, as it hits close to home with the concept of the 'last days' and all, but I still really enjoyed it!

Short review: an electromagnetic pulse has hit the U.S. knocking out all electricity and all vehicles that have a computer chip. The...more
Katie Watkins
In this LDS novel, the Hatch family (minus their father, who is on a secret business trip) is asked by their stake to leave with all those who are willing and make a trek from southeastern Washington to Utah, following a disaster that leaves the US government struggling to control the country. Amelie Hatch is a crippled girl and is so determined and strong, even when she has reason not to be.

This is a fear come true!! Reading about their struggles and willingness to do what is asked and to ride...more
Natalie
An interesting idea but not very well written. However there were two typos that were more entertaining: main character tells her non-LDS friend that she goes to "cemetery" instead of "seminary," and a short time later she is headed to the "funeral doors" [chapel] to play the piano. No, it didn't seem that the heroin was trying to be funny. It is funny that no one caught that in the editing process.
Cherie
Before I started reading this book, I thought it would be an interesting "take" on the "last days," Mormon style. It definitely is LDS fiction, and deals with a group of saints from the central Washington state area, trekking to Utah after a terrorist attack on the US causes the nations's power grid to completely shut down. For me, the problem with this book was the simplistic solutions to everything that happened. I had so many questions about what had really happened, and how it had affected t...more
Kris Irvin
In the end, I loved this book. But I had some major troubles with it in the beginning.

There are some serious editing errors throughout the first 50 pages. Several paragraphs where there are mixed-up tenses, which is one of my biggest book peeves ever. There's also a few lines that fall very short - one, I couldn't tell if it was supposed to be a joke or just a typo ("cemetery," I corrected him. No.)

BUT. I really liked this book. I liked Amelie's guts. I liked the story a lot. I am excited to s...more
Renae Mackley
Sudden Darkness by Margot Hovley brings futuristic YA into the contemporary. The premise revolves around terroristic world events that hit home for a quiet town in Washington state and the saints must trek by foot to Utah, paralleling pioneer days but feeling like the near-future. Walking hundreds of miles is not easy for Amélie Hatch, a musically talented eighteen-year-old with a crippled foot. This alone caught my interest. She is not a popular girl and yet she has so much to offer. Many teens...more
Marvelle Morgan
I liked the overall premise of the book and thought it was a very plausible story line. Unfortunately, some of the sub-plots seemed a bit far-fetched or at least too easily resolved. I felt like I was reading a book intended for a teen audience. I would have liked the story to be fleshed-out a little more.
Emmeline
I really enjoyed this book! I have read several end of the world books, some I have really enjoyed, others I was more like, "Meh." But this one is told from the perspective of a Latter-Day Saint, which was new to me. I usually steer clear of LDS themed books, because it is so in your face with the religion that it's kind of embarrassing for me a little bit (I mean, we aren't really like that, right?). And so I was trepidacious about this one, but what a fun time! I mean, mind you, it is the last...more
Lorena
This is a well-written story from an LDS Christian perspective with just the right amount of everything--excitement, adventure, conflict, humor, and romance. Amélie’s character is easily relatable, with many thoughts, feelings and questions that I have often had myself. She and Zack‘s blossoming friendship is sweet and endearing. I can hardly wait to see where the next book takes them!

One thing did cloud my thoughts while reading, mostly for personal reasons. I couldn’t help thinking of the effe...more
Terrie
Although I am not a fan of most LDS fiction, this book was written by a friend who I wanted to support. Friend or not this book was excellent!

This is the story about the end of days. When the electricity goes out, 17 year old Amelie's Stake President calls everyone together to announce that the government has collapsed and his Stake will be walking from their home near Seattle to Utah.

Very well written, with plenty of tension, realistic situations and characters made this a book I couldn't put...more
Miranda
2.5 stars. It was an interesting story, but had a LOT of holes for me. Why add Ryan as a love interest if he just drops of at the end? Why have him be famous at all? It didn't really matter to the rest of the story. The first half of the book was going one direction, then it changed completely and most of what happened at the first didn't matter at all. And her dad just leaving out of nowhere? Didn't make sense to me. He would at least have said goodbye to his family and told them he was going t...more
Sarah
Way to go, Margot Hovley! This was such a fun book to read! I started it last night and have been hard-pressed to get anything else done. Amelie is such a likable character- her insecurities so easy for all of us to relate to. As she struggles with her challenges, you can't help but root for her and evaluate your own at the same time. What a great book to remind us to be prepared for what is to come both spiritually and temporally! I will be recommending this book to everyone and look forward to...more
Diane
Oh, I liked this!!!! This is one book that could certainly benefit from being thicker - it needs a lot more details and explanations, but I'll take it and happily look forward to more in this series. It is a kinder, gentler version of One Second After, which is one of my favorite "beginning of the end" books. It's the kind of premise that comes back into your thoughts day after day in the form of "Is that how it would really happen?" and "What would I do if that happened?"
Suzana
It was okay. The writing was matter of fact and frustrating at times. At times it felt too far fetched and other times made you think of the reality of something like it. I liked Amelie, but the author didn't do a good job of explaining why the stake president would choose her over others for things. All in all, the writing was okay, not the worst I have read, but definitely not the best either.
Debbie
This is a great starting book of a series. Terrorists attack the U.S. power grid and shut it down. Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints are asked to gather together and head for Utah. They end up walking there. One of the Saints, a teenage girl, is kidnapped. She is rescued, but not without casualties. There are other adventures for the Saints as they walk to Utah.
Apzmarshl
While I don't feel like this book even came close to the chaos that would occur after an EMP, I can appreciate the author's attempt to show how the LDS church would be much more organized than the rest of society. There were times where she became really cliche, which was kind of annoying. Overall the book was very easy, not too scary, and entertaining.
Melissa
I really liked sections of this book. I appreciated the main character and the idea was intriguing. There were some eye rolling moments for me, but overall I thought it was an interesting and entertaining read.
Jennie
I don't usually care for dystopia and I don't read many YA novels, but I loved this one. I'll have to think about whether or not to review it. It appealed to me so it is likely to appeal to other adults.
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