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The Darkest Path

3.93  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,216 Ratings  ·  260 Reviews
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
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published September 24th 2013 by Scholastic Press (first published January 1st 2013)
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Apr 29, 2015 karen rated it liked it
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
Once Upon a Twilight
Sep 27, 2013 Once Upon a Twilight rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-review
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.
Dec 03, 2013 Alicia rated it liked it
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
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
Dec 18, 2014 Hunter Travis rated it it was amazing
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.
Derek Pohlmann
Jan 05, 2016 Derek Pohlmann rated it it was amazing
I gave this book 5/5 stars because the book is good and relates well into the future. I would recommend this book to others because its very well wrote and just a good story. I would recommend this book to fiction readers or people who like to read about futuristic events. In this book there is Cal and his brother get kidnapped to a group who is trying to take over the U.S. Cal wants to go and find his parents but his brother has found his "path". One day Cal is doing a job when he finds a dog. ...more
May 07, 2014 Kilgallen rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, 2014-reads
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.
May 08, 2014 Nick rated it really liked it
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.
Kaden Deckard
Sep 21, 2015 Kaden Deckard rated it it was amazing
The Darkest Path is a unique novel by itself. It never has a boring part and is always suspenseful. The main character, Cal, has many problems by the end of the book that many of them are stranded without an answer. Even throughout the book you never know what Cal will get stuck in or end up doing. It is always a mystery.

In the book it cannot just read it, you have to think about what is going to happen and if this could ever happen in real life. That is the mystery about this book. It is so rea
Mitchell Davis
Sep 29, 2014 Mitchell Davis rated it really liked it
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
Feb 24, 2014 Dillon rated it liked it
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
Mar 31, 2016 Jprichert rated it really liked it
This book is one of the best I have read, and I encourage everyone who loves action and adventure to read it. When I was reading this book, I felt as if I was in the book. I got nervous and happy. I even thought of my dog when I read about Cassie's dog. I would have done the same thing if I was her. The one thing I did not like was that Cassie's brother refused to go with Cassie, which infuriated me because I would have drag my sister along. The book was fantastic, though. Once you get through ...more
Mar 13, 2015 Kelly rated it it was ok
Shelves: teen
A boring, action-packed book... an oxymoron, but true.
Jamison K.
Nov 25, 2015 Jamison K. rated it really liked it
"The Glorious path wants complete control of the country. Those they capture are given the choice: Join or be Killed". "The Darkest Path" is a book of thrills, excitement, romance, and suspense. It is a book that has it all. The book is amazingly described with detail that you can picture the setting as its been given. This book is one that you will never forget, because of the excitement and thrills it brings. If you have read the book " The eleventh Plague" and liked it then this is the book f ...more
Aug 17, 2013 Jon rated it liked it
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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
Sep 23, 2013 Vivien rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
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
S. Whitaker
Nov 24, 2013 S. Whitaker rated it really liked it
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
Apr 01, 2015 Sharon rated it liked it
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.
Nov 20, 2015 Luke rated it it was amazing
This is a great book. It is all about how one idea can destroy the world, a lot like hitler almost did. In this book a rebel group called the darkest path is taking over the united states and is causing tons of fear. Cal and his brother are stuck in the middle of this war and Cal wants to run away but his brother is loyal to the cause. So Cal and his new dog bear decide to run away. But as Cal and bear soon find out, the world is in a lot worse shape then they thought. This book keeps you turnin ...more
Aug 14, 2014 Drucilla rated it it was ok
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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.
May 26, 2015 Christopher rated it it was amazing
In the begging You meet a teenager named Cal Roe. He meets a dog called Bear and runs away from the place he got him later he finds himself with four other teenagers and they help the U.S. army fight the Path.
After the war he goes back to New York and sees his Mom.

I recomend this book to people that like a lot of details and never want to put the book down. I enjoyed this book a lot because I like detailed books.
Feb 24, 2014 Skylar rated it liked it
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
Mar 12, 2015 Tyler Applegate rated it it was amazing
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.
Feb 04, 2016 Kristen rated it liked it
I liked this one okay--an interesting dystopic take on military/government/religion. But...and this isn't something I complain about very often...this one almost had TOO much action. There was just SO MUCH going on--new problems and catastrophes and characters every few pages or so. Then that problem or catastrophe comes to an end and we're on to the next. The lack of downtime didn't allow me a chance to really engage with the story or find depth in the characters. The Path, the extreme religiou ...more
Devon Tate
Jan 07, 2016 Devon Tate rated it really liked it
I rate this book a because I really enjoyed it. There isn't really anything I didn't like about the book.
A Leisure Moment
Dec 23, 2015 A Leisure Moment rated it really liked it

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.

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Apr 21, 2016 Yasmine rated it it was amazing
This is one book I've read where I can proudly and truthfully say that I was 100% satisfied with that ending. I don't want it to be longer so I can see what happens to Cal or James or if they ever meet their parents again. This book can stay just the way it is and I'd have no complaints. The author stopped this book at the perfect point.

Also I feel like this book was written with the phrase "go wherever the wind takes you" in mind. As the story progresses the reader will realize that Cal has a o
Blake Spitler
Mar 19, 2016 Blake Spitler rated it really liked it
Personally, I loved this book. This book is about a teenager named cal. Cal and his younger brother were taken by the path 6 years before the events in the book happened. Cal and his brother were forced to work for the paths army and do tasks like take care of the attack dogs and act sort of as a butler or maid. Cal got tired of the way his boss treated him and was angry with his boss. His boss had been really mad and was attacking cal so cal had to kill him. Cal then tried to flee the path with ...more
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