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3.31  ·  Rating details ·  446 ratings  ·  127 reviews
The future world has been divided into sectors--each the same as the other. Surrounded by thick steel fences, there is no way in and no way out. Yet a cyborg army penetrates each sector, picking off its citizens one by one, until no one is left. Behind the sectors' thick walls, the citizens wait to die. Few will be chosen to survive what's coming; the rest will be left beh ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published June 3rd 2014 by Sky Pony Press
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Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
"I see more in you than you’ll ever know. You’re so special, so extraordinary."

This is the worst dystopian book I have read this year. It's not even the so-bad-it's-good type of book, because I feel like I lost IQ points reading this. It is not just some elements, it's the entire book. I hardly know where to start because this book was so terribly written. This is the Advance Review Copy, and I can only pray that the book gets severely edited before it is published.

The plot can on
Ben Alderson
Nov 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Interesting premise. The world was not built as much as I hoped.
Need to process and think..
Jul 29, 2013 rated it did not like it
Dark Days is not a long read. The story flies by in 250 hardcover pages and left no lasting impression on me. It was very similar to The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker as it too features a young girl faced with the decision of how to go on for the remaining time left to live. But whereas The Age of Miracles was a stunning, unforgettable and intense futuristic young adult fiction about the last days on Earth, Dark Days only falls flat and ultimately digresses to the usual Young Adult mi ...more
Aimee ♥ | Aimee, Always
I didn't love this book, but I had the very sweet and lovely Kate Ormand for an interview on the blog. Check out her answers to my questions, and enter to win a signed swag pack! (Open internationally!)

1.5 stars

"We can see it, but we'll never be able to reach it. So what's the point in looking at it and wanting it?

To be honest, I went into this hoping for a mindless, action-packed dystopian read. Well, I did get that, but it wasn't executed the way I hoped it would. I did get the idea and I
Rashika (is tired)
***This review has also been posted onThe Social Potato

You know what sucks? When you know the author of a book is a really nice person but you end up absolutely hating the book. I was looking forward to this one, the premise was intriguing and well the cover was amazeballs, so yes, when I dove in, my expectations were high, but when I read the book, they hit rock bottom. This book was awful. It pains me to say that but less than 10% in and I was counting down how much longer it would take me to
Beatrice Masaluñga
Jun 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-books
What will you do if you only have 15 days to live?

A world divided according to sectors, but few are chosen to live in the New World. Sia Morgan got 15 days to live. She wants to spend that number of days wisely until she met Mace. A mysterious, attractive boy who teaches her to be brave and fight back against the New World with the rest of the rebels in their sector.

Chances are very minimal since they don't have enough weapons to stand against their opponents: Cyborgs. These machines are beyon
Feb 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: on-the-shelf
Read as digital ARC.

Now here is a book that's doing everything right.

5 Reasons to Read:
1) It's a book with a deadline. (A main character who's going to die in 15 days is not going to waste your time.)
2) Bucket list! (Set with realistic expectations! Bucket Lists are the it-accessory for YA books right now.)
3) All of the fun and reflectiveness of a zombie book, without the zombies. (Mass hysteria, looting, attic vs. basement as hiding places debates (okay, not really). Zombies are not the only re
G.R. Mannering
Mar 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
'Dark Days' is a debut YA, dystopian novel by talented author, Kate Ormand. Set in a hostile future, 'Dark Days' follows Sia, a feisty teenage girl, who lives in a town surrounded by steel fences. In just fifteen days time, a cyborg army will be sent from The New World to destroy Sia and everyone she knows. There's nowhere to run and nowhere to hide. Sia has to stay and watch the town's digital clock count down to her death.

First of all, I read the majority of this book in a day because I couldn
rachel ☾
Jun 06, 2018 rated it did not like it
I have had this book on my shelf for years now. The mentions of cyborgs and comparison to Divergent were apparently intriguing enough for me to pick it up but boy oh boy, it did not age well.

The world building was poor. I had very little idea how this society operated or was formed. There were too many inconsistencies and little atmosphere. The explanations for the antagonist's motivation to commit genocide were so weak and illogical that it made the entire story lose its edge.

I didn’t connect
Kayleigh {K-Books}
Feb 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dystopia
Dark Days Review on K-Books

"You were somewhere I couldn't get to you and that... that kills me. If anything had happened to you there, I wouldn't have been able to protect you from it."

It's no surprise to anyone who knows me how much I adore a good dystopia novel. It's one of my all time favourite genres and if I had to choose one genre to only read that genre for the rest of my life Dystopia would probably be the one I choose. I've been looking for a really unique dystopia book to get my ha
Emma Pass
Mar 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved Dark Days. Loved, loved, loved it. The idea of the clock counting down the days in the sectors is fantastic – it creates such a strong (and frightening!) image in your mind. I love the way the chapter headings reflect the countdown, too. The world building is fantastic – I felt it really worked, and the reasons for the creation of the New World and the sectors are chilling and all too plausible. The cyborgs are terrifying and the battle scenes are fantastic. The mix of fast-paced scenes ...more
Isa Lavinia

ARC provided by Sky Pony Press through Edelweiss

Some vaguely alluded event related to climate change happened and almost all the world's species went extinct - the human race also suffered severe losses that number in the billions, seeing its population greatly reduced.
Right here it's already bad. This world building, if you can even call it that - I mean, it needs to be the absolutely basic foundation for a good book, not this indefinite mess!

Then walls were built when Sia was a baby to
Melissa Cushing
Jun 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was Fabulous! I give it 5 STARS and I cannot wait..... let me repeat that..... I CANNOT wait for a sequel.First and Foremost, Dytopian novels are quickly becoming my new favorite reading choice and secondly I could not put this book down. I basically read it in about 14 hours.... only because I had to take a break here and there. :) Here is the synopsis for you from Goodreads to get started......

The future world has been divided into sectors--each the same as the other. Surrounded by
Mar 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Read as a digital advance reading copy

Okay where do I start with this one!

If you are familiar with my blog then you will know that I am huge fan of the dystopian genre, I love books set in a disturbing future, I like an unseen threat, I like a little romance and I also like a trilogy.

This book has most of those things!

Set in the future, where people are living in sectors, time is running out for Sia and her parents, in 15 days she will die and the clock is ticking.

The residents of the sector
Donna {Book Passion For Life}
Fast paced, thrilling and very enjoyable, Kate Ormand’s Dark Days is a YA dystopia story that everyone should read!

The clock is ticking for Sia. She only has two weeks left before the Cyborgs come invade the sector that she lives and destroys everyone who hasn’t been picked to go live in the New World because her and her family have been deemed to be too ordinary. Determined to spend her last days enjoying life by doing the things she’s never done before, Sia isn’t prepared to meet a boy called
Jun 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: physical-copy, signed
I took Dark Days on holiday with me, and what a great choice. Dark Days is a fast, entertaining, adrenaline-packed read. It isn't the longest of books, but I actually really liked that - the story is succinct, neat, and satisfying.

The premise to Dark Days sucked me in - fifteen days from the start of the story, cyborgs are going to brutally kill everyone in an enclosed sector. It's just as terrifying and gruesome as it sounds! Written from the main character, Sia's, point of view, we don't know
Jessica Andrews
Mar 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
My only problem with this book was... I want more.
I want more Mace. I want more Finn even though we didn't see him much.
I want more of this world if it's possible I totally want a sequel... or a prequel or anything set in this world because i just want more.
I loved the premise of this book and as soon as I heard about it I knew I was going to read it, then I was granted a copy on edelweiss and I almost screamed with Joy.
Sia is a lovely character and the only thing I felt this book was lacking w
Nikki Sheehan
Jun 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I'm usually not a huge fan of dystopian books, but I couldn't put this down. The MC Sia was very likeable (unusual in this genre), it was fast paced and it had cyborgs! What more can I say without giving away the plot. Just read it, it's great. ...more
Michele at A Belle's Tales
May 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Review originally published at A Belle's Tales.

Sia knew this day was coming, and she’s going to make the best of her final days. Her world is divided into sectors, the occupants of which are imprisoned and at the mercy of their leader Damien Hoist. He decides their fates – who is worthy of being selected to move to the New World and who will remain behind to watch the clock count down to their death. A vicious mass murder carried out by machines that leaves no one alive. There is no escape; nowh
Feb 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
15 days. 15 days to accept your fate. 15 days to do all the things you have ever wanted to do... before you die.

Taking off a break neck speed, reader are introduced to Sia, her family, and the gruesome future that awaits them all. Sia and her family live in the safety of the sectors. Life here is equal for everyone. Same pay. Same house. Basically same everything. Time is running out. In 15 days, the sector will be destroyed by cyborgs. Sia and her family will be dead, and the select few will be
Kristin (Blood,Sweat and Books)
Dark Days is a book that I wanted to read because of how differently it sounded from most of the dystopians on the market today. It's not often you see killer cyborgs in young adult fiction and I thought that was very bold of the author to attempt.

One of the best parts about this story was the way the events unfolded. Were really thrown headfirst into things and we get to experience the breakdown of Sia's society alongside with her. I really thought that was cool and also helped move things alo
Mar 06, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
The world has been divided into sectors. Each one is surrounded by thick fences with no way in or out. As the citezens of each one go about their lives they are just waiting. A cyborg army is going sector to sector and destroying everything in side. Unless you are lucky enough to be special. If you are special you are picked to be removed before the cyborgs get there. Sia is sixteen years old and an ordinary girl. Her family has no way or hope of being picked. The clock has started ticking and s ...more
The blurb pretty much tells you everything so I'm not going to rehash it. I love Dystopian and Post Apocalyptic books and when I read the blurb I was sold. Well Dark Days was awesome.

I loved the fact that the book is set to a deadline. They have 15 days left to live and the clock shows it. Every chapter was a new day so we had the added suspense of seeing the time tick down. You see Day whatever on the chapter header and as it gets closer and closer to Day 0 I was like, uh oh!! Whats going to h
Anasheh Satoorian
Apr 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-review
I am always cautious about reading back to back books in the same genre. I have always found that if you read contemporary back to back, the stories end up jumbling together up together, I start mixing up the characters names and to top it off I start being able to predict the plot and the twists and the book does not end up becoming as enjoyable as it would be.

In the month of June I had 3 Dystopian books I had to read to review: Branded, The Murder Complex and then Dark Days. And I am proud to
Aug 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a dark and gloomy tale about a teenage girl living in a generic world, resigned to the fact that she, along with everyone she loves, is about to die in a horrible and painful manner.
Sia is drowning in the pool of depression that surrounds her; her spirit is broken after years of being penned in and controlled, and the countdown to the end of her life is just another example of society’s superiority at it’s worst. But as the end draws nearer, Sia doesn’t have to wait to begin losing those
Apr 04, 2015 rated it liked it

“Staying here means you’ll die, though.”

One word. FAST. A fast-paced, grimy story that will leave every reader wanting more. Events happened so fast that pages utterly flew by. I want this story to continue. I want the characters to live longer, to continue the tale.

15 days. 15 days to wait, to live, or to accept the death that waits.

I love how the heroine’s character was developed, from naive 16-year-old girl to hopeful 16-year-old lady.

Every page gets darker and darker leaving me wonder if the
Anna (Enchanted by YA)
To fit everything into this book, I did find it lacked some world-building and parts were rushed however it also meant that I sped through it in one sitting and didn't want to put it down! A flawed book, but still interesting enough that I'm looking forward to more from the author. ...more
Feb 08, 2015 rated it did not like it
Well that was a poor excuse for a novel....

I will warn you from the start, this review will contain many spoilers.

To start, I really do think the author didn't care for the outcome of this horrendous and obnoxious book. I deserve a prize for finishing this.

The book as a whole has NO development of any kind.

World Development, or rather lack thereof: The world, for some reason, has demolished for reasons that might have been explained in the book if I did not skim over it, but I honestly do not be
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-library, own
No. NO.

This is a hugely frustrating book and I’m trying to channel my thoughts into coherent sentences but I kind of feel like throwing something on the floor and stomping on it. But as I read this on an iPad, that may not be the most productive course of action.

This book had all the elements of good dystopia: the summary sounded so dark and intriguing, and that cover! LOOK AT THAT COVER. So good. So ominous.
And the “fight the establishment” vibes. And the female MC. Yaaassss, GIMME.

Jun 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, dystopian
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Kate Ormand is YA author of Dark Days and shape-shifter circus series, The Wanderers (winner of the USA Best Book Awards in the young adult fiction category) and The Pack. Kate lives in the UK and graduated from university with a degree in Fine Art Painting. It was during this course that Kate discovered her love of reading YA books, prompting her to try a new creative angle and experiment with wr ...more

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