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378 pages, Hardcover
First published February 20, 2018
What exactly happened to the ship in the first place that turned a fair chunk of its crew into monsters?
This seems to get almost totally ignored until the last action sequence of the book, when I guess what is supposed to be an explanation is delivered, but totally unexplored and just left me with more questions than answers.
How did the nefarious eco-terrorist group, Pitch Dark, manage to survive for so long?
Even their motives for wanting to commit crimes against humanity's chances of survival aren't explained very well.
How the heck did any of the minor antagonists in this book manage to pull off the crimes they commit without being caught?
Even the gods have abandoned us out here.
We were supposed to wake up saved, or not wake up at all. That was the deal we made with fate.
“The madman with a box?” I ask. “Bad Wolf? We have a lot of running to do?” They both look at me as if I’m the one who’s lost my damn mind. “All righty then. Allons-y.”
To all the girls who write their own histories, who resist men telling them to “stop,” and save themselves in the end, this one’s for you.
I’d like to say that in the last few centuries, humanity’s grown past these compulsions in a moral sense, that we’ve become better. Nobler. Wiser. But we haven’t.
“That’s the folly of the human heart. We make macro decisions based on micro motivations.”
They’re not aliens or zombies, just our own mistake.
I wonder what I’d do with such a lonely boy, one who carries a broken heart in his chest and pretends it beats the same as everyone else’s.
“Blackness, a sort of darkness we didn’t have on Earth. A perfect pitch dark. A complete absence of light. Void-like. Terrible.”What a creepy and atmospheric story! Pitch Dark is a fast-paced and frightening story; I was completely sucked in on the first page and captivated until the very end. There are so many different layers of complexity here and Alameda crafted a really good book. My friend Destiny recommended this book to me months ago after I read and fell in love with Contagion by Erin Bowman, and when I saw it available on BookOutlet for $6 back in September I had to get it. She gets an A+ for this book recommendation, if you enjoyed Contagion or other horror/sci-fi mashups then this book is for you!
“Being alive isn’t the same thing as living.”It’s 2435 and what is left of humanity has taken to the stars after destroying Earth. Humanity has seen a lot of change since going off into space, but much of the monstrous parts of humanity – bigotry, racism – remain. An underlying theme of the book is whether or not humanity is worth saving, and what it means to be worthy of redemption.
💖 Tuck is from 2087 and is a crewmember on the John Muir. The ship and crew were part of the Exodus fleet from Earth after the planet’s resources were depleted. He loves pop culture references and is incredibly caring.The book opens with Tuck waking up from being in cryo-sleep for almost 400 years alone to a bunch of empty pods and horrific creatures. The terror unfolds as he and the other human survivors adjust to their new reality aboard the John Muir.
💖 Laura is from the “present” time of 2435 and is a crewmember on the Conquistador, a marauding ship. She is the latinx daughter of archaeologists that specialize in locating and preserving artifacts from the Earth era. She’s a genius when it comes to technology and is incredibly strong. She doesn’t need a man to save her; she will rescue herself.
“We were supposed to wake up saved, or not wake up at all. That was the deal we made with fate.”Fate brings these two teens together and it is up to them to work together to save all of humanity… no small feat with monsters around every corner. I really enjoyed reading Tuck and Laura’s banter as they forged a fast friendship (like you do during life and death situations).
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๏ MY RATING ๏ ☆3.3☆STARS - GRADE=B-
These creatures aren’t alien. They’re us. Us, with the stories ripped from our skulls. Us, with the empathy drained from our hearts. Us, with the spark of curiosity and logic and pursuit of knowledge, gone. People stripped of everything that makes us human...