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USA TODAY bestselling author Jeff Hirsch once again creates a futuristic world with stunning, dramatic realism.

A civil war rages between the Glorious Path--a militant religion based on the teachings of a former US soldier--and what's left of the US government. Fifteen-year-old Callum Roe and his younger brother, James, were captured and forced to convert six years ago. Cal...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published September 24th 2013 by Scholastic Press (first published January 1st 2013)
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karen
this book does many unexpected things, and it does them well.

i'm not sure if this is the first part of something, the way so many YA books are, but i really hope it is a standalone. the way the character is left at the end, with so many unresolved issues, but with a firm purpose in mind, is excellent, and i kind of don't want to see those issues resolved. those scenes would only diminish the strengths of the book, the elements that make it stand out from so many of its kind.

and if you're just tu...more
Once Upon
Including a country at war with its self and a cultish regime that threatens to tear apart two brothers, the Darkest Path strikes you as a hauntingly original novel. With Darkest Path being his third book, Jeff Hirsch shows improvement in his mastery of storytelling. On a whole, Hirsch’s writing really shines when he creates scenes of tension and turmoil. It’s the dramatics that pull the reader in and invoke such strong emotions. But lets not forget about how he also manages to create great char...more
Alicia
At times filled with scary comparisons that could totally happen (just check out the endpages that have a picture of the takeover from The Glorious Path before and after the book's plot that make it starkly realistic) this has similarities to The Eleventh Plague with a futuristic and plausible occurrence that will make any reader think.

In this story, centered around two brothers, they struggle to survive in the United States where a religious group is fighting to take over the states by infiltr...more
Nick
The Darkest Path is a book written by Jeff Hirsch which is about a war between the Glorious Path, and the U.S. government. The book focuses on one character most who's name is Callum Roe, also know as Cal. Cal works in the Path's dog kennels, training and taking care of the dogs they have. Cal has a relationship with this one dog names Bear, one of the Path's commanders wants to train bear to be an attack dog, but Cal doesn't want Bear to be. Cal kills the commander takes Bear and runs away.
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Dillon
The main character Callum Roe and his younger brother James, were captured by the glorious path they want to capture everyone so that they have can have total control the only choice that you have is to join or be killed. The guy that is in charge is a former U.S. Soldier he is teaching everyone that joins, he was forced to join six years ago. When he joined there was a war going on between glorious oath and what was left of the U.S. government Callum and James best friend works in the dog kenne...more
Victoria Scott
Spectacular book with thrills galore and wonderful world-building. Jeff Hirsch is a master of suspense.
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I actually own all of Jeff Hirsch's YA titles and they have been sitting on my shelf for a while. I finally felt an urge to read one of Hirsch's books recently when I received The Darkest Path in the mail. The Darkest Path is one of hundreds of dystopian books that I've read this year. The Darkest Path isn't the strongest dystopian novel, but it is extremely entertaining and was worth a read!
I personally wanted to learn more about Th...more
Vivien
In the year 2026, there is a civil war raging in the USA. The nation is split up into two parties. There is the army of the Glorious Path which is a militant religion based on the teachings of a former US soldier, and what's left of the US Federal Government.

Six years ago fifteen-year-old Callum Roe and his younger brother, James, were captured and forced to convert to the Glorious Path. While working in the Path's dog kennels, Cal became very close to becoming one of the Path's deadliest secre...more
Dianne
Be prepared to get up close and personal with what life can be like for the masses during a modern day civil war. The Darkest Path by Jeff Hirsch follows young Cal as he struggles to make sense of the war around him, while trying to get both himself and his brother across enemy lines and hundreds of miles to return to the family they have not seen in six years. Under a charismatic leader, an army of religious fanatics have risen up against a less-than-perfect American government and one by one s...more
S. Scott
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Jeff Hirsch’s third novel with Scholastic, The Darkest Path, a YA dystopian adventure, is a descent into hell for young Callum Roe, who flees the fanatical Path Army that sweeps across the United States like a dark shadow. America is in the grips of a second Civil War. The 1% are even richer, and more untouchable than before, and the poor are poor, and forced into situations that aren’t safe or pretty. The Federal Army is weakening, the infrastructure...more
Drucilla
Aug 14, 2014 Drucilla rated it 2 of 5 stars
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I was disappointed in Cal. He doesn't really do anything. He just seems to make bad decisions and they end up working out (sort of). No one was really likable either. There also seemed to be a lot of stuff that's touched on, but never fully explored, like we don't really get any history of the war. Finally, it's a small thing but it felt like the author kept forgetting that Cal had a broken wrist. I don't know how he managed to do all the things he did with it.
Skylar
The Darkest Path is a book about a young boy named Callum Roe and his younger brother James. The two boys are captured by the Glorious Path There meadow is JOIN US OR DIE! Callum the older brother is now working for the Path and is moving up in ranks this will make Callum one of the deadliest agents. Callum finds a dog that will only give him bad luck and this will test Callum's loyalty.
Kilgallen
A really good YA read. This one will appeal to those not looking for romance or supernatural themes. The pacing is quite fast and should keep most young readers turning the pages. The ending leaves room for a sequel or could be used as a creative writing jump off point.
Jack Homer
I really enjoyed the Darkest Path. The book had an amazing plot and always would put you in suspense. It was the type of book that you would never want to stop reading. One thing that amazed me was how much knowledge Cal, being only fifteen had of war.
The book takes place in the future where a civil war between a rebel group called the Glorious Path and the original US army called the Federals or Feds are fighting. A teenage boy named Cal and his younger brother James have been captured by the...more
Gabriel Chavez
The Darkest Path by author Jeff Hirsch is a highly realistic dystopia book. It is highly likely to happen in the USA, because of the way the backgrounds were written in the novel. This book was one of the most original dystopias I have ever read with a lot of dynamic characters. The darkest Path takes place in a post-apocalyptic future where the United States has been divided between two groups that are stuck in the middle of a Civil War. The first group is what remains of the US government, th...more
Isaac Breese
In the action/ adventure novel, The Darkest Path by Jeff Hirsch, a boy by the name Cal is on the run from the Path. The Path is an army that controls mostly the west coast of the United States and wants total power over the rest of America and are fighting a war the rest of the country. In the process a Cal has killed an officer and is on the run with his dog, Bear, trying to get back home in New York using strangers as transportation and for protection.
There are many things about this book tha...more
Wendy
"The Darkest Path" is an imaginative, fast-paced dystopian novel that takes place after war, depression and starvation have devastated the U.S. The States are divided and a civil war rages between the Glorious Path, a militant religious group, and what remains of the Federal government. As the story opens fifteen year old Callum Roe who's been working not only as an army insurgent but also in the Path's dog kennels suddenly finds himself on the run after befriending a stray dog and killing the K...more
Jonathan Wallace
THE DARKEST PATH
BOOK REVIEW
Book By: Jeff Hirsch
By: Jonathan Wallace

PLOT:
The plot of The Darkest Path is about a 15 year old kid whose family got raided by an army called the Glorious Path. He was then sent from his home in Arizona to an army base and became a new recruit. Now that he only has his brother he has to escape from the base and get to an American base so his brother can have a better childhood. When he did finally escape he found a dog named Bear. Now that i've read the book it does h...more
Nick Rissman
This book is one of my favorites sense I read the book "World War Z." I have really enjoyed the book as you will really get attached the characters and its a gives you a look at a possible future event. The story is about a young boy named Cal and how he decides weather to join the Glorious Path or the USA. The Glorious Path is a religious resistance group that wants to rule the US as they feel that our government is not doing good enough. This is thought because we are in World War 3 and in a d...more
Heather (Kindles & Wine Book Blog)
I put this book down 3 or 4 times before picking it up to finish it. Why? Not because the writing is poor, but because I really struggled with the role the dogs played in the book - especially at the beginning. I know what you're thinking - that I'm a vegan-animal-loving-heart-bleeder, but I'm actually not. I did however lose my beloved dog in June of 2013, and the pain was still fresh. I struggled through the early portions of the book where there was some implied cruelty to kenneled dogs (and...more
Gabriel Itzhaki
I just finished reading the intense novel, "The Darkest Path", by Jeff Hirch. This book is told in first person, from the eyes of fifteen-year-old, Callum Roe. The novel is set in the near future, where a violent religion known as the Glorious Path that has been combined with the government is trying to capture people and convert them. This is considered to be the second American Civil War. Callum and his little brother James, have to escape the Glorious Path in order to avoid what the Path will...more
Nino Lopez
Feb 03, 2014 Nino Lopez is currently reading it
The Darkest Path

This book is about a brother that let himself get captured by another camp so he could tell them about the attack his camp was going to do to them. He told them so he could save them so then they could help him save his brother. He really cares for his brother and would do anything for him.
I think if they made it made it more interesting in the beginning more would get captivated into reading the book. It also needs to tell us the names of the characters and be more specific wi...more
Ryan Moats
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Denise Weintraut
This is a terrific book replete with military battles, familial love and sacrifice, and the struggle to survive amidst harsh and conflicting forces. I enjoyed the passages that spoke to a boy's love for a dog and the joy that a dog can bring to almost anyone's life. I cried at the longing and grief for missing parents, and I relished the thoughtful consideration of what it means to make a Choice. This may be a YA novel, but it will be enjoyed by all ages.
Luis Davila
The book "The Darkest Path" by Jeff Hirsch, is about a civil war raging between the Glorious Path a militant religion based on the teaching of a former US soldier and what's left of the US government. Fifteen-year-old Callum Roe, and his younger brother James were captured and were forced to convert six years ago. Cal has been working in the Path's dog kennels, and is very close to becoming one of the Path's deadliest secret agents.

The story is full of action and about the violent society. On o...more
Ethan
Over the past month I have read about three hours per week. The books I read have included The Darkest Path by Jeff Hirsh, The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker, and Daemon by Daniel Suarez. I finished The Darkest Path, and am currently reading Daemon. I did not finish The Golem and the Jinni because it was not my kind of book. I do not like not finishing a book, but it just did not seem interesting to me, so I moved on.
The Darkest Path by Jeff Hirsh was really my kind of book. It is a myster...more
Derek
The path is a great book. I don't know why I liked it so much, but it was good. It is about these two boys named cal and James that are taken by the path and, they have the worst jobs ever. After a while cal gets used to it, but he is sick and tired of it. One day he gets sent to go find a stray dog, but when he sees that it is just a small dog that they can't use he plays with it for a while, but when he realizes how long he has been gone; it's to late and quarrels is already coming. So he deci...more
Sydney Robinson
This book was amazing! And very emotional in my opinion. All the things that happened in this book was just...wow. When I got to the end, I cried a little. Such an emotional ending. I really liked this book, and I'm glad I got a chance to read it! Definitely 5 stars out of 5!
Deidre
I wondered why no one cared that women were only used as whores in the Glorious Path. No explanation of that at all. No resona given in dogma, no one of our male protagonists seemed to care much about it either, just fine with them I guess.

No reason given why people would join at all except they died if they didn't. But it couldn't have started that way, there had to be some kind of belief system not shared with us.

The book was good, when I suspended belief. I do like sci fi dystopian/apocalypt...more
Michelle
I bought this book because one of my military-minded students saw it at the book fair and wanted to read it. The book is about a future USA (2026) that has been divided between those who follow "The Glorious Path" and those who are still part of the U.S. The protagonist, Callum, and his brother, James, are taken when they were 9 and 7 and forced to join the path which is led by a former US Military soldier turned prophet.

I enjoyed this book because it had a lot of twists and turns. I'd highly r...more
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