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The Scourge

(Brilliant Darkness #1)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  3,849 ratings  ·  403 reviews
Seventeen-year-old Groundling, Fennel, is Sightless. She's never been able to see her lush forest home, but she knows its secrets. She knows how the shadows shift when she passes under a canopy of trees. She knows how to hide in the cool, damp caves when the Scourge comes. She knows how devious and arrogant the Groundlings' tree-dwelling neighbors, the Lofties, can be.

Kindle Edition, 242 pages
Published January 31st 2012 (first published January 30th 2012)
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Jul 18, 2013 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: NOBODY!

This book was given up at 20% into it, and I'm surprised I made it that far. Instead of writing about an overall take on the book, I'd like to break it down piece by piece as I had highlighted parts that made no sense. Wow, for not making it very far in the book, I've got 19 pages of notes on the kindle. Shall we begin?

"I grew up in the forest. I know every path, and the position of every tree and bush." (7%)
"I wrap my hand around Eland's sapling-thin arm--roots and creeping weeds on the
The Scourge is a very well-written YA post-apocolyptic dysptopian novel written in first person POV with a great romance, and you won't want to put it down until you finish it. Do I even need to say anything else? I mean, that's like my list of all of my favorite things in a book. So if you don't want to go read it based on that sentence, then ... well... your loss.

Actually, I do have two more things to say.

(1) I wasn't sure at first if I would like reading an entire book through the POV of a b
*❆ Kαɾҽɳ ❆*
Jan 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-series, 2018, earc
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! It has a great deal of action and suspense throughout. And I am seriously enjoying books that involved people, MCs with a disability!

Fennel, or Fenn to her friends is blind, or Sightless as she is called. She lives in the forest with her people, the Groundlings. As the names suggests, her people live on the ground, and there are other people who live up in the trees, the Loftys. The Groundlings and Loftys have a uneasy history between them, they tolerate each oth
Aug 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
I'll be the first to admit, I never read independently published books. Scratch that--I NEVER read them. For one thing, I'm one of those grammar Nazis who can't handle a few errors (per page). For another, I'm tired of unoriginal YA stories that are all trying to be replicas of Twilight or the Hunger Games. So imagine my surprise when I started reading this book on a whim, more because of its stellar reviews than because of its plot, cover, or price tag.

For the record, this book was nothing like
Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
I really enjoyed this book and the different outlook on the zombies.

Definitely a unique storyline and the characters were compelling. I ate this book up quickly since I couldn't put it down.
Rating: 5 out of 5.

This novel was brilliant. Loved the plot, setting and characters.

I also enjoyed reading the author's afterword. Great use and research of Australia's Dreamtime stories.
May 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dystopia

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Fenn is Sightless.
And in her world means that she is mysteriously protected from the Scourge.
So when her mother Aloe become a member of the Three, is now Fenn's responsibility to be the water carrier to her community the Groundlings and to the Lofties.

What are exactly the Scourge?

The sighted say the creatures bodies are open in patches, weeping pus and thick, dark blood. Their deformed faces are masks of horror. They roam the forests, reeking of festering flesh, consuming anything livi
♥ Marlene♥
Mar 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: friends who like this genre
What a surprise!
It has been a long time ago since I really liked a YA Dystopian book. So many authors nowadays try to be the new Suzanne Collins, or Stephanie Meyer. The only thing that differs is the circumstances and the dystopian world they create but they all copy the 3 persons relationship. One girl who loves 2 boys. Two boys love that girl. So I have read a lot of disappointing YA books because of that.

This time I was not disappointed though. Yes it is maybe in some eyes not the same genr
Emily (Falling for YA)
Oct 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
I once got scared because my room was “too warm”, I thought maybe a ghost was using reverse psychology and making the room cold was too obvious. I think this explains why I tend to stay away from Zombie novels. I get freaked out easily and do not like to be scared. I am so glad I got over my fears and read The Scourge though, because it is now one of my favorite reads of 2012!

The novel follows Fennel, a Groundling, who because she is blind is tasked with gathering water for both The Lofties, who
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Oct 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012-must-reads
I just want to give a huge Thank You to Kismet Touring for allowing me to be a part of this awesome tour. I have never ever read a book that has taken me by surprise like The Scourge did. I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this story and I look forward t reading more from A.G. Henley.

The Scourge is a story that has so many twists and turns and lies and secrets that each page you read leaves you breathless and wanting more. The Scourge is a story about a girl who is blind yes you heard me sh

I've never read ANYTHING like this before. Damn, I can only imagine the stress and struggle the sighless go through in their everyday life. But without a doubt, they are fearless and brave like Fennel.
I could only imagine how difficult it would have been like to be blind in an apocalyptic world.

The writing was easy to follow. The storyline had me thirsty for more.

Book 2, here I come!
Jul 20, 2020 marked it as did-not-finish
I picked this book up as a freebie a few years ago, and I think the price was just right.

While I immediately was drawn into Fennel's world, it lost me when it transitioned from first-person present tense to first-person past tense in the span of a single paragraph.

No. Just, no.

If you care about your work, why would you send it out into the world unedited? I just don't get it.

DNF at 6%.
Nov 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed, blog-tours

The Scourge is an amazing dystopian novel that you really can't miss to read .I usually give at least 3 hearts to the books I review (even if sometimes maybe they're not worth them, but I try to be positive) but this book is absolutely a 5 hearts, and I'm not the type who gives five hearts very easily. From the first chapter of the book I've been completely caught up by the plot and I was so curious to discover about the Scourge,
Nov 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Zombies are my bread and butter. They are what make the world go ’round. I have read so many zombie books and graphic novels, not to mention watching movies and shows. I had started to believe that I had seen it all. Then, along comes A.G. Henley, and I can freely admit that I didn’t see her twist coming. YAY! It takes a lot to surprise me, and it’s always so nice to find this quality in a book. Obviously, it would be a huge spoiler if I told you what the twist was, so I won’t even hint at it. A ...more
Jun 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
I found "The Scourge" through an Amazon recommendation and after seeing all of the great reviews for it, I decided to pick it up. I'm very glad that I did! Is there anything that the great Amazon computer doesn't know?

This is one of those post-apocalyptic YA novels, kind of in the vein of "The Hunger Games." The story centers around a teenager named Fennel. She belongs to a community called the Groundlings. They live on the forest floor and spend their lives in fear of "the scourge," a pack of
Sep 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
After reading the reviews for this book, I had to give it a try. I was lucky enough to get to read it for free (even though it is very inexpensive on amazon) because I am a Prime member. I began reading it at 10:00pm last night, and stayed up past midnight to get to 50%...then had to force myself to sleep so I wasn't worthless today.
This was one of those (digital) page turners that I thought about all day until I could finish it. At first the writing seemed similar to my first creative writing c
Feb 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This story had me hooked from the very beginning. Fenn is a strong willed young girl that isn't afraid to test traditions yet shows the vulnerable side of being a seventeen year old girl. She fully accepts her responsibilities to her community, putting others needs before her own. I love the way her relationship with Peree is explored when the two end up on a dangerous but necessary journey. This book is full of drama, suspense and a little romance. It was an intense read that I couldn't put dow ...more
Sep 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Between 3-4 stars! I enjoyed it but some reminded me of similar genre books which is fine because I know it's hard to have a completely original story. There were twists that were unexpected that I enjoyed as well as a nice ending that was NOT a cliff hanger to be continued. Thank God because frankly I'm getting sick of those. It's nice to enjoy a solo novel. :-)
Sydnie McMahan
Sep 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was amazing! I loved the perspective of the character being blind and Peree is absolutely swoon worthy. I love how the author incorporated so many different stories about the different animals "of the past". There are so many different twists in turns in the storyline, so many of which I didn't see coming. The romance was a bit underplayed but I still adored the characters. Fennel is so relatable even though she can't see and her struggle is enchanting to read about. The conflict betwe ...more
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May 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Dec 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Review posted on Kindles & Wine

The Scourge has much in common with other young adult dystopian books: something’s gone wrong in the world, things aren’t great, and a young person is destined to try and save his/her community. I’ve read enough of this genre now that it takes a great spin on this premise, or something really unique about the world, to make me sit up and take notice. And take notice is exactly what happened when I read this book.

As I mentioned earlier, I haven’t read a lot of zombi
Dec 13, 2012 rated it really liked it

When people find out that a book is self-published, they tend to naturally shy away from it. I guess they think, if a publishing house rejects a manuscript, it's probably not good enough. The truth is that sometimes, the story isn't what they're looking for at the time, or they've already signed a similar story. Whatever the case is, just because a book is self-published, it doesn't mean that it's bad! When I picked up "The Scourge", I didn't even know that it w
Aug 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Welcome to your typical YA dystopia. Post-apocalyptic world, small, scattered groups of humans fighting for survival, menaced by the foul undead. Boy and girl from conflicting groups fall in love, go on a quest and return home determined to unite and save their communities against terrific odds. Sounds familiar right? Did I mention that Fennel, our heroine and narrator, is blind? Yes, Fennel is sightless, that's one of the first things the book description tells us. As a blind person myself, des ...more
Jul 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013, ya, dystopian
I'd been eyeing this book for a while and was out of good books to read so I thought I'd give it a try so I sent the sample to my Kindle and instantly fell in love with the story. I was so drawn into it that I'd forgotten it was a sample and when it ended I immediately bought the book and clicked as fast as I could to get back to where I was at. This is just one of those stories that sucks you in and you never want to leave. Halfway through the book I noticed I wasn't even seeing any of the word ...more
Sep 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Top Pick: Review of The Scourge by A.G. Henley

When I saw the cover art for The Scourge at the bottom of my own novel's “Customers who purchased this book also purchased...” page, I knew I wanted to read it. The haunting description of Fennel, a sightless girl who must be the water bearer for her people during the time of the scourge drew me in. The scourge are basically zombies, humans turned flesh-eaters who attack the healthy, turning them sick as well. For some reason the scourge do not atta
May 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
There are some books that grab you from the first page with exquisite writing. This isn't one of them. There's nothing wildly original or riveting about the opening chapter - a girl looks forward to a coming-of-age ceremony in a blandly generic future postapocalyptic-turned-preindustrial society. The writing style is functional, the characters serviceable if familiar. I was enjoying the read at this point but not particularly impressed.

But then the plot really took off and I found myself still r
Jul 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
In this very enjoyable novel, civilization has been destroyed by some horrible event. Now two groups survive. the Groundlings who, of course, live on the ground and the Lofties who live in the trees above them. The two groups have little trust for each other but are forced to work together to deal with the Scourge, zombie-like creatures who roam the land, turning anyone who is unfortunate enough to be caught by them, anyone, that is, but the Sightless who, for some reason, can walk among the Sco ...more
Aug 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
Thank you Amazon for sending a link to this book as a recommendation for me, I am forever grateful! From the moment I started reading this book I was hooked, I could barely put it down. I'm not going to give a synopsis, there are many other reviews to read if that's what you're looking for. I just want to state how much I LOVED this book. Granted it wasn't perfect, but overall, it was a great, fast paced read for me. I loved Fenn and Peree. LOVED. Their characters were likable, believable and ve ...more
Sep 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dystopia-eutopia
I really loved this book. At first I was hesitant, because the protagonist (Fennel) is Sightless (blind) and I am hugely into descriptions, as it paints a mental picture for me. Henley was phenomenal at describing the scenery with sounds and smells, light and dark, that it painted that clear picture for me. Rather refreshing point of view actually.
The story is one of those post zombie apocalypse types, but with a Romeo and Juliet twist. In this setting, there are two villages, one on the ground
Aira ❤
May 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, may-2013
This is easily one of the best dystopian novels I’ve come across in the longest time. It’s fresh and it’s unlike anything I’ve ever read before. The heroine, Fennel, is blind. That reason alone should be enough for you to pick up this book. Seriously. The story is about a girl who has so much tenacity to help her community despite the fact that she can’t see.

Fennel might not be as badass as Katniss from The Hunger Games, or Tris from the Divergent series, but she has this quiet strength within h
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A.G. Henley is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary and fantasy books and stories, including the Love & Pets adult romantic comedy series. The first book in her young adult Brilliant Darkness series, THE SCOURGE, was a Library Journal Self-e Selection and a Next Generation Indie Book Award finalist. She’s also a clinical psychologist, but she promises not to analyze you... much. ...more

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