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Racing the Dark by Alaya Dawn Johnson
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Jan 28, 2012

really liked it
Recommended for: fantasy readers who like complex worldbuilding
Read in June, 2011

This YA novel has a Third-World-like setting in which poverty and disease rife and people must make painful choices to survive.

The worldbuilding is well done (although it could have used a little more explaining), and novel is full of suspense as the heroine, Lailana, must make difficult choice after difficult choice and is often being pursued by something awful.

Two things disappointed me. First, the cover image and back cover copy led me to believe the novel would take place in a place like Hawaii, so it was a shock when in chapter 3 I realized the book was going to be an urban fantasy. Second, there is no ending; it continues straight into the next book in the series. I did buy the next book, after some hesitation, so I could find out how things resolve, although I’m worried it will end with no ending too.

With so much YA fantasy being on the simplistic side, this is a good book for a teen or adult who wants a story with more meat.

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