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Darkest Light

(Half World #2)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  160 ratings  ·  20 reviews
The breathtaking follow-up to the award-winning Half World Adopted as an infant, Gee has been kept ignorant of his troubled past. Now, at sixteen, he is a loner both despised and feared by his classmates. Dark feelings slowly grow inside him, but as he struggles to control them, his past catches up with him. Abandoning his adoptive grandmother and the place he has called home, ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published January 31st 2012 by Razorbill (first published January 20th 2012)
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Alanna King
Nov 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
This Young Adult fantasy is a sequel to Goto’s Half World, which was nominated for numerous awards in young adult fantasy. Half World is a kind of purgatory where people go who haven’t resolved events in their lives. The first book introduced one such character, Mr. Glueskin, who is able to leave Half World for ours as a baby.

The story continues from Goto’s Half World following the life of Gee, now a teenager who relies on his adopted grandmother, Popo, for guidance. Gee’s mysterious background
Gee is all grown up now and he has felt different than anyone. His sister is gone and his grandma who is always there for him is feeble and starts to get sick she says something mysterious about Half World. His parents are there. Together with a new friend he finds along the way, they land in Half World where everything is well dead.

This is definitely a different theme from Half World. Gee struggles to be good when so many obstacles get in his way. Hiromi Goto’s world building is cle
Jan 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
With both a prologue and an introduction, the first chapter’s frontloaded backstory—however succinct—bogs the reader even further down. Add to that the fact that Gee isn’t the most likeable hero, and we have a slow start to this sequel to Half World. Of course, there is a reason why Gee isn’t likeable. His struggles with his inner self are realistic, but also prevent any kind of smooth character development; the instant that Gee starts feeling more human, his evil voice will speak up, or vice versa, a ...more
Sep 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-star
3 and 1/2 stars. A quirky and whimsical fantasy, sometimes repulsive and horrific, but still compelling. I was a bit leery of the characterizations and how flat the characters seemed. However, Gee's arc was pretty damn awesome- there was some more complexity with the questioning-morality stuff. Cracker was hella iconic but her arc was cut so short. On the plus side, wasn't expecting the great lesbian rep.

Kind of disappointed in this one as it had a great premise (gorgeous cover too)
This is a sequel to Half World, and picks up sixteen years after the end of the previous novel. Where Melanie was fourteen, Gee is sixteen, and the writing, themes, and stronger language of this novel reflect that difference. Weirdly, though, I found the imagery in this book less horrifying than in the first, although it may be because this time I knew what to expect. I will warn you all that I regretted reading a couple of scenes during breakfast, though.

I don't want to say too much about
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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The amount of people that gave this book anything less than 4 stars disgust me. This book is such a gem and people probably didn’t like it because it didn’t have some sappy, cliché love triangle or interest in it. It’s straight up real fantasy with all the necessary ingredients for a masterpiece.

Another realm. Distorted creatures. A wise old lady. A wise and easily annoyed cat with an attitude problem. A nosy goth girl. A teen boy who’s trying to find his
Jul 09, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fa
I'm not sure if I was expecting more because I liked the first book, but this one was a huge disappointment. It felt haphazard, more a series of ideas thrown together than a true narrative. There was none of the magic prose of the first book, the symbolism is way too obvious, and the characterization wasn't even close to what I expected.
Jan 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
The struggle to keep the balance between the three realms continues in this sequel to Half World. For which you can find my review here. This time though we see little to none of Melanie. She is out of the picture pretty much and instead, this time around we are following Baby G.

Only, Baby G isn't a baby anymore, he's a teenage boy. Gee knows there is some dark mystery behind where he came from, but has not even the slightest clue just how dark it is. His "Popo" or pseudo grandmother
Jun 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
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The action packed fantasy world inside Darkest Light by Hiromi Goto is the perfect sequel for the Half World Series. Each page is splattered with highly detailed scenes, settings, and unforgettable characters. Hiromi brilliantly continues the story with the telling of Gee, a boy who sets off on a voyage to learn about himself and discover his true purpose in the world. Hiromi’s solid writing will immediately hook readers from the very beginning. They mystery that clouds over Gee is very interest ...more
Nov 21, 2013 rated it liked it
The sequel to Half World is much darker than its predecessor, or at least I found it so. Half World focused on finding something in Half World and getting it out to set the world right, but Darker Light takes the odd, alienated, and shunned Gee back into Half World, the realm of endless despair and suffering. There, Gee battles monsters, witnesses horrors, and tries to come to grips with his own evil urges and impulses. The fate of everyone in colourless, twilit Half World - and the other two realms ...more
Dec 14, 2013 rated it did not like it
Thought I'd give this author another try as Ariel really liked it. I guess greater familiarity with the religious paradigm or spiritual principles or whatever from Asian (Chinese?)culture would make me appreciate this all more, and I did try to get my mind around the mythology of the Three Realms and the way Half World worked, but I felt pretty confused about it all. And I started getting creeped out when the characters began to get sucked into the Half World rules. I feel like the story we star ...more
Jan 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I loved the first book in this series, and of course I jumped at the chance to read the sequel when I found out that there would be one. Luckily for me, I received this advance copy in a goodreads giveaway, and I can honestly say that I couldn't be happier with this continuation.

The new protagonist is a very believable and troubled character. At first I didn't like his travel companion, but she grew on me as the book went on. The prose is just as good as the first book and Half World
My utmost thanks to the Author, the Publisher, and Goodreads for giving me the chance to read and review this free book.

Very imaginative! Nothing like I've ever read before.

Was slotted as for Teen readers, but can also be for Adults.

Completely stays away from the standard vampire-ish novels and story-lines that seem to currently fill up Book Store shelves.
Nov 09, 2012 rated it liked it
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Kate Mildew
Dec 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Part 2 of half world just as good as the first! More weirdo outsiders in horror movie and fantasy novel inspired otherworld.
Kat Drennan-Scace
Feb 19, 2012 rated it really liked it

Really enjoyed the sequel to Half World. My full review will appear in ResourceLinks.
Apr 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
A good read. I like this better than the first book. The ending made me teary-eyed. ^^
Nov 21, 2013 rated it liked it
a bit quirky, and something about it bothered me and I can't quite put my finger on it
Michelle Casey
Oct 09, 2013 rated it liked it
Sequel to Half Life. Dark and bizarre, but strangely compelling.
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Hiromi’s first novel, Chorus of Mushrooms (1994), received the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book in the Caribbean and Canada region and was co-winner of the Canada-Japan Book Award. Her short stories and poetry have been widely published in literary journals and anthologies. Her second novel, The Kappa Child (2001), was a finalist for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Regional Book, and was ...more

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“Gee cursed beneath his breath. That Cracker! She was beginning to list to one side…. What kind of idiot ran across a bridge with their eyes closed? Gee sprinted onto the roaring blackness. It was as if they ran atop a swift dark river, their feet slipping on the sleek feathers, the crows dipping beneath their weight.” 1 likes
“Her mother cleaved him, cracking open like a peach pit split the tender centre mewling, a monster turned a baby. They snatched up the infant, innocent, beastly, from Half World they fled, they fled to the Realm of Flesh. Gee could not stop the words in the terrible book from popping up in his mind. The images that formed filled him with fear and fascination. Confusion. A creeping sense of recognition. The déjà vu of dreams…. Half World. The words whispered, echoed inside him. Like something almost familiar. Something he’d forgotten— How could Popo do this to him? Gee pounded the heels of his fists on the thick table. He pounded and pounded until he could feel the physical pain. Maybe Popo had written this book herself…. Maybe it was an elaborate psychological experiment? Maybe she was a psychotic, abusive person. Those irregularities in his adoption…. There were no papers. He had no birth certificate. His grandmother had found someone to forge documents. It had cost a lot of money. Popo had kidnapped him from somewhere and his real parents were still looking for him, far far away. That made more sense than the gibberish book. He wasn’t a murderous monster from a different Realm! Ridiculous! Mad. Popo! he raged. You did this to me! It’s all your fault! That’s why he didn’t have a real name. Baby G. Like a foundling in a basket. Baby X. John Doe. Why hadn’t she given him a proper name? The school had written his name as “Gee” when they saw Ms. Wei, saw that his papers identified him only as “G.” They must have thought she was illiterate. Did the teachers think it would make him more Asian? Because it hadn’t! When he’d finally asked his popo about his real name, she had been silent for a long time. You must seek your own name, she finally said. When the time comes.” 1 likes
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