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Follow Me Through Darkness

(The Boundless Trilogy #1)

3.54  ·  Rating details ·  90 ratings  ·  22 reviews
The truth won't always set you free.

Less than a year ago, Neely Ambrose’s biggest worry was having the freedom to follow a path that wasn't chosen for her.

Less than a year ago, she believed she could trust the Elders who said they had everyone’s best interest at heart and who said they were keeping them safe from the outside.

Sixty days ago, she discovered what they had pla
Paperback, 368 pages
Published October 21st 2014 by Spencer Hill Press
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Sarah Elizabeth
3.5 stars
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Spencer Hill Press and NetGalley.)

This was an interesting dystopian story, and I was intrigued by what was going on.

Cornelia and Thorne were good characters, and I liked both of them. I understood how Cornelia felt with regards to what she was being asked to do, as it really was quite a major task she was set, but I also wasn’t 100% happy with the way she treated Thorne at times.

The storyline i
Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)
Thanks to Netgalley and Spencer Hill Press for giving me this book to review.

Less than a year ago Neely Ambrose believed in the elders and her only worry was that she does not have the freedom to do want she wants. Then she discovers the elders plans and that her whole life has been manufactured. Now Neely is on the run in the dangerous wasteland and has 40 days to find out the truth and to save everyone she knows and loves.

Follow me Through Darkness is a young adult dystopia but I could not get
3.5 stars

ARC was provided by the author/publisher via NetGalley in exchange for honest review.

I think this is an interesting story and can be a really good one, though I have to say that I also was so confused in first couple chapters. Not because it's told in flashback but because there are so many questions in my head.

The story. I liked it. Somehow I often try to relate and/or connect dystopian/post-apocalyptic stories with our present time/history. If it doesn't make sense and unbelievable th
Bèbè ✦ RANT  ✦
Follow Me Through Darkness is an interesting mix of Dystopia, Action, thriller, little bit of romance, and a whole lot of confusion.

The story itself is very interesting. Neely is a part of a world that's build to maintain perfection so that the human race won't end like it did previously. She lived under the rule of Embers' that have been telling everyone lies about people that are still out there, behind the walls. But when she finds documents that say they have a plan for her, she fakes her d
Sandra "Jeanz"
Sep 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Engrossing, thought provoking, action packed.
I was looking forward to another dystopian book, as they are my favourite and I have been indulging myself by reading quite a few of them in a row!

I received an e-copy of this one from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
The cover actually depicts a moon cut in half which I guess depicts the branding on the back of twins necks such as Neely and Thorne have. I love the rich blue cover as it emphasizes the bright white o
Liz Barnsley
Oct 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
One of my favourite things to do is start a new YA series – and “Follow me through Darkness” by Danielle Ellison turned out to be one of the best for me of the last year, extremely readable, very well constructed and some great characters to follow along with.

When we first meet Neely she is on a journey through a dark underground tunnel and the story immediately draws you in, making you eager to find out what she is doing there and why. Using present time and flashback to various times in her li
Sep 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The truth is a tricky thing. Sometimes its good, sometimes its bad, and Neely is about to find out the real truth. The real reason things are they way they are, and just what the Elders really have planned.

The elders have kept some secrets, like wanting to do mine control. Why? Oh just for their own use of course. And the destroyed and dangerous land on the outside? Well it's not as crazy bad as it may seem, plus there is actual land out there. So Neely goes into plan mode. She needs to find a
Liza Wiemer
Danielle Ellison did an incredible job of juggling the past and the present as she tells the story of Neely and Thorne the Elders who control people's lives in ways that they don't even realize. As Neely becomes more and more aware of what is really going on, she goes on a quest to put a stop to the Elders' power. It's a dangerous mission. As readers go on the journey with Neely, they also learn what happened in the past. Readers discover Neely's connection with Thorne, and end up questioning wh ...more
Oct 09, 2019 added it
Shelves: ram-ng-shorties
A dystopian story with a vivid setting and a big pack of characters... That's what comes to my mind when I think about this book.

The story itself is very interesting, the world created has bits from what I've read before but it still picked my interest and I wanted to know more, to discover something new. The writing style was also nice, with the flashbacks, even though I found myself confused in the beginning.

The romantic aspect is something that I did not appreciate, but that is something that
Stephanie Ward
Mar 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
'Follow Me Through Darkness' is an intriguing first book in a new YA dystopian trilogy. It follows main character, Neely, as she learns the awful plan the Elders have in store for everyone living inside the Compound - with her at the very center of it all. Everyone at the Compound has been taught that the land outside their walls was destroyed and dangerous. Neely's eyes have been opened and she realizes that the Elders have been lying to everyone for their own benefit. When she reads their plan ...more
Soma Rostam
Nov 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Okay, so I admit it; I thought this book was contemporary when I started it. I didn't read the blurb, so sue me :D Although I am SUPER glad that I didn't because diving into this book blindly was the best thing I did.
Neely is on the way to the Old World. She has left everything she knew and loved behind to pursue something that's gonna save everyone she loves. She has been trusting the Elders for too long but now she knows what they are really after, and what plans they had for her.
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Sep 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
3.5 - 4 Stars in my Sky!

Follow Me Through the Darkness is the first instalment in Danielle Ellison's intriguing YA dystopian series focusing on Cornelia 'Neely' as she tries to save society from corruption and evil.

This is a difficult book to review without giving away any of the plot. This is because a lot happens and the reader gets to know Neely in both the present and via flashbacks. Neely is fed up of being lied to and is after answers. She has become disillusioned with society and isn't pr
Sep 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: rev-on-amazon
First of all, I want to say thank you to Danielle Ellison for providing me with an ARC!

Now…onto my review:

If you didn’t know, I am a speed reader. I don’t say this as a way of bragging, so please don’t interpret it that way. My reason for telling you that fact is because I read this book differently than I normally read books. Since I’m a speed reader, I normally start a book and finish it in the same day. After all, it normally only takes me 2-3hours to read an average 300-400 page book, so it
First off let me just say it took me way too long to realize that there are actually faces in the moon. xD

Sadly I have to say that somehow this book and it's story just fell flat for me.
I couldn't really get into the story or connect with the characters ( I really don't want to say it but I hated Thorne, he annoyed me to no end) maybe part of this is because the world building is lacking (almost non-existend, except some mentions here and there).
Even though we have a tight time schedule to the
Heather Helene
Thank you to Spencer Hill Press for the e-arc.

Follow Me Through Darkness is the first book in the Boundless trilogy by Danielle Ellison. I really loved this story from the start. Neely is such a strong character to read about. She does what she feels she has to do to save those that mean the most for her. Even if it means putting her own life at risk to do so. Even if it means leaving them behind. Neely’s that type of character who doesn’t do what she’s told, she seeks the truth no matter the c
Kristen Lippert-Martin
Jul 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was right there with Neely from the get-go and I jumped into this story with both feet.

Neely's bravery was not only admirable but so real. I can't remember the last time I read a book where there was there was such believable human strength, and more importantly fear, woven into the MC's courage. And the romantic elements are equally nuanced. You can really feel how torn she is between loyalty and curiosity, between the comfort of a familiar love and the of the lure of the unknown. It's not ju
Lelia Nebeker
When Neely Ambrose discovers a nefarious plot by the ruling Elders of the Compound, she is determined to stop them from implementing their mind-control on the entire population. Her plan to save her people involves faking her own death, leaving behind her loved ones, and escaping the Compound to brave the world outside, all in an effort to uncover the truth. This fast-paced dystopian thriller shoots off like a rocket from the first chapter and doesn't stop until the the final page. While Neely's ...more
Kissed by Ink
Jul 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Danielle Ellison has a romantic soul and it shines through the tension in FOLLOW ME THROUGH DARKNESS. Such an incredible story about a journey in search of truth and the fight for justice. I wish I were as brave as MC Neely. Can't wait for book 2!!
Dec 29, 2013 marked it as to-read
Why don't I have this yet. -___-
Apr 16, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
dnf. I keep thinking I will pick it back up but I'm just not.
Oct 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Nov 21, 2014 rated it it was ok
Just couldn't get into this book. I read about a third way through and gave up. The 2 stars are based on the snooze factor.
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Danielle Ellison is a nomad, always on the lookout for an adventure and the next story. In addition to writing, she’s the founder and coordinator of the NoVa TEEN Book Festival. When she’s not busy with books, she’s probably watching her favorite shows, drinking coffee, or fighting her nomadic urges. She is newly settled in Oklahoma (for now) with her cat, Simon, but you can always find her on twi ...more

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