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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
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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
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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
Victoria Scott
Spectacular book with thrills galore and wonderful world-building. Jeff Hirsch is a master of suspense.
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
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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
Ben Lehman
This is the very first book I have read by Jeff Hirsch. I was not quite sure what to think of “the Path”. The book never really tells you what it is exactly so there is a lot of room for imagination of what it could be. All the main character, Cal, wants is to get to where he thinks is home. He and his brother were captured six years ago. When he finds out that he is going into the military, he doesn’t want to leave his brother. One day he finds a dog and falls in love with it. When the owner of ...more
Hunter Travis
The darkest path is good. It had up and downs. It had happy spots and sad spots. It also had a small love part and it had a little rebellion. it may have had assassinations but i wont say if it did or not. I recommned this to action lovers or people who love jeff hirsch books. I also rate it a 5 star.
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.
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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Mitchell Davis
I would only recommend this book if you have read the first book by Jeff Hirsch, The Eleventh Plague. If you had read The Eleventh Plague, then I highly recommend it because it follows a lot of the kind of scene and story as the other book. I think the title is a great one because the path chosen is a very dark and unsettling plot and story line. My feelings towards the characters, plot, and ending of the book were mostly good. The story went together perfectly. Cal and his brother were forced t ...more
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
Jon
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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!
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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
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S. Scott
Originally published in the Broadkill Review


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
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Sharon
This is an odd book. The premise is that a fanatical religious group is attempting a violent overthrow of the US government. Once you are caught by 'The Path', you are given the Choice to join them or else...
The odd part to me is that I have the impression the author is trying to convince the reader that the religious group is a good thing - which it absolutely is not.
In the end the main character, Cal, has to make a choice of a different sort and I think he chose wisely.
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.
Tyler Applegate
I gave this book a 5 out of 5 because the book had a lot of futuristic things in it and the book is from the year of 2025 and 2026. The book starts of by describing a boy who was kidnapped by this army who wants to take over the United States. I would recommend this book to people who love to read about futuristic things and read also about adventure.
Kelly
Mar 13, 2015 Kelly rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: teen
A boring, action-packed book... an oxymoron, but true.
Jesus
The Darkest path was a great book full of action and adventure with a little twist of comedy this book was a little challenging, this book is about Callum and his younger brother James who got taken from the Glorious Path who is led by a military leader who wants to take over the world. Callum and his dog Bear who he found on the street were trying to destroy the path and their actions so Callum finds this group of rebels who lost their family members to the path.

This book was full of action pac
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Jayden
The book, The Darkest Path, was a really good book, and I recommend this book to other kids as well. I have never read from Jeff Hirsch, and I think he is a really great author. I would like to read some of his other books if he has more. I like this book a lot because of the action, adventure, and more, I love those kind of books! I like how the author included what was happening in the book. Like, how he described what it was like in the book, included people that was trying to survive, and m ...more
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Aaron C
I thought that the Darkest Path by Jeff Hirsch was okay. It wasn't as good as some of the books I've been reading lately. I liked the background and the plot of this book, but it got confusing in a lot of the parts. There wasn't enough detail, and in a lot of cases, I didn't know completely what was going on. It really frustrated me, and I had to re-read it several times to figure out what was going on. Another thing that I didn't like, even if it may sound picky, was that there are too many cha ...more
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
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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
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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
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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
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