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Pitch Dark

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  877 ratings  ·  211 reviews
Lost to time, Tuck Morgan and his crew have slept in stasis aboard the USS John Muir for centuries. Their ship harbors a chunk of Earth, which unbeknownst to them, is the last hope for the failing human race.

Laura Cruz is a shipraider searching the galaxy for the history that was scattered to the stars. Once her family locates the John Muir and its precious cargo, they are
Hardcover, 378 pages
Published February 20th 2018 by Feiwel Friends
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Bentley ★
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Back in the springtime of my youth, when I still had time for hobbies outside of reading like video games, I was a rather big gamer. I played them all, and still have a pretty sizable collection of games that my book collection has of course far surpassed. One of my favorite gaming series was Dead Space, which was a pulse-pounding, terrifying and atmospheric sci-fi horror game set aboard a space station in the throes of an unsto
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
Even the gods have abandoned us out here.

If you follow my reviews, you know I’m a big horror fan, but what you might not already know is what a sucker I am for horror/sci-fi genre-blending and spooky stories set in outer space. Courtney Alameda is known for her horror writing, but she interlaces the terror aspects with the sci-fi, futuristic, technology side stunningly.

We were supposed to wake up saved, or not wake up at all. That was the deal we made with fate.

→ Tuck ←
The narrative of
I enjoyed Courtney’s other book and I was all over that synopsis, so I was pretty excited to get to it.

I liked Laura and Tuck well enough. They’re both sassy and sarcastic and smart. They had some great banter and I wish they would have been together more in the story. There were some other interesting characters, but I didn’t feel like we got to know much of them.

Plot wise, I was lost for a good portion of the book. All of the ships and space and mechanics confused me and at times it felt lik
Jack +Books & Bourbon+
Leave it up to a movie junkie to keep wanting to call this book Pitch Black. And though they are both creature features set in space, they are decidedly NOT the same thing. I don’t know how this one wasn’t on my radar, as I really enjoyed Courtney Alameda’s urban fantasy/horror mashup Shutter. But thankfully, my book buddy Crazy4Books came to my rescue and listed this one as a good buddy read candidate, thereby correcting my oversight. And she was correct…this did make for a good buddy read!

Mar 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018-read
3.5 stars

Overall I enjoyed this. The best thing for me was definitely the awesome Latina main character, Laura Cruz, who just brings it in so many ways. I also quite liked the male character, Tuck, particularly the way he obviously appreciated Laura's strength and never felt threatened by it.

Where I felt the story was lacking and what I wanted more of was some greater worldbuilding, particularly at the outset. The story literally starts right away at a rapid pace and never lets up. While I cert
Ellen Gail
Apr 06, 2015 marked it as to-read
"A future of marauding space scavengers and deadly aliens who kill with sound."

I didn't know I could want something so much. Fall 2016? Or I guess February 2018 now? I will wait for you book. We will be together.
Cindy ✩☽♔
Nov 08, 2016 marked it as to-read
Wait...I thought this was coming out this month...what do you mean this isn't coming out until February 2018? NO!!!!!!
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Alright, I was reluctant before, but now with the full synopsis coupled with this absolutely eerie, yet lovely cover, I am on board!
Lauren Stoolfire
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I don't know why I've been putting off Pitch Dark by Courtney Alameda. I mean, I absolutely loved her first novel and this sounded like it would be an awesome sophomore release. Luckily for me, this YA sci-hi horror story totally worked for me. I was immediately drawn into to the futuristic world of the Conquistador and the John Muir. There's so much detail and it's very visual - the world and the characters really pop off the page. I loved reading both Laura and Tuck's point of view chapters. B ...more
Kim M
When a terrorist organization crashes Laura Cruz’s ship into the John Muir—a 400-year-old vessel designed to preserve natural resources from Earth during the crisis that drove humans from the planet—she finds herself having to face former-human monsters who kill by screaming, having to flee an unknown hacker who always knows where she is, and having to evade the wealthy family who use technology to try to control her. She happens to run into Tuck Morgan, an original crew member of the John Muir ...more
Faye, la Patata
Jan 25, 2018 is currently reading it
I want this pretty badly. I'm a fan of the author's previous mystery/horror works, and I can't wait to get scared by her stories again! ...more
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Apr 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
'We were supposed to wake up saved, or not wake up at all. That was the deal we made with fate.'


O o f this was such a wild, intense ride!! It starts off with a bang . . . and pretty much doesn't let up until several pages from the finale. And while I really don't want to compare too much, this really does seem like a close cousin to Illuminae. But it was those same reasons that made me like it so much, so no big complaints here!!


Some main points why I loved this:

- spaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaace like
This was one of my top anticipated books of 2018 and I'm sad to say it didn't really impress me. My two biggest issues was that the first half was boring as hell and it was too technical for my liking. Plus there wasn't enough creature scenes. For a scifi horror it was too much scifi. That's just me though.

I smell a sequel in the future and I might just have to pass up on it.
Trigger warnings: violence, gore, blood, death, death of a friend, death of a parent (in the past).

So here's the thing: I read the blurb of this and was like "Space ships + monsters + pending doom? THIS IS GOING TO BE LIKE ILLUMINAE!!!". Also, I lost my mind over this cover - the stars, the skull (which is *very* Silence in the Library), the sound wave? It's glorious.

And probably I built it up too much in my mind, buuuuut I did not love this. It was almost like it was trying to do too much? Do
Kal ★ Reader Voracious
Nov 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Kal ★ Reader Voracious by: destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
“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 Contagi
Alicia (A Kernel of Nonsense)
Courtney Alameda’s Pitch Dark takes the intricacies of science-fiction and combines it with all the thrills of a horror story in a novel that grabs readers from page one and doesn’t let go. Alameda’s two leads, Laura Cruz and Tuck Morgan, are both capable characters on their own, but they also make an excellent team and I loved the fact that they both had room to shine despite this fact. I was really impressed by the amount of detail that went into this novel from the descriptions of spaceships ...more
Mar 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Four stars: A thrilling and scary book, but there were a few too many plot holes.

Tuck wakes with a start. His muscles feel like jelly, and everything is wrong. Tuck finds himself surrounded by bodies and gore. Something must have gone wrong if the crew of the Muir is being awoken from stasis. Even worse, Tuck finds that four hundred years have elapsed. Tuck and his shipmates soon find themselves in a dire situation. The Muir is dying, and they are surrounded by mutant creatures who kill with sou
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Adventure in Deep Space
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If only I could have listened to an audiobook of this...I believe I could have liked this a little more.  Of course, it would need to be the right narrator, especially for Laura's POV.  Someone who can pull off an authentic Spanish accent.  Plus, I prefer Science Fiction in Audio format. 

I mostly liked the characters and I liked the overall story (well, some of it any
Jun 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the first book I️ read from this author. This book was featured and displayed at the YA section at my local library. There was definitely not one dull moment. If you like sci-fi and lots of action this book is for you. Also the author’s note is worth reading.
Sci-Fi & Scary
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Frequent readers of Sci-Fi & Scary have heard mention of Pitch Dark again and again...and again. I loved the author's first book, Shutter, and when I found out that this one was coming out, I couldn't wait!...and then it got delayed a year. I had a serious case of the frustrated bookworm sads, but I sucked it up because there were lots of books I could read while I waited. Finally - FINALLY - it got released in Feb of 2018. However, I couldn't afford to buy the hardcover. So, I read part of it i ...more
A Lib Tech Reads
Feb 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads, reviewed
Pitch Dark
Courtney Alameda
Rating: 3/5
Note: Special thanks to Raincoast Books for providing a copy for review.

What a wild ride. If I wanted to describe this book in one sentence, it would be that Pitch Dark is essentially the Dead Space franchise on crack.

Packed full of action, horrifying monsters with interesting abilities and a POC female protagonist who is fully capable of handling herself, Courtney Alameda newest Science Fiction horror will have you either hooked or wanting to log back on to
murphy ✌ (daydreamofalife)
5 / 5

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...

Alright, so this was amazing. After reading Shutter, I knew I had to have more of what this author had to offer, and I was not disappointed. Pitch Dark was a tour de force of space horror that made me realize just how much I love th
Aug 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
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*Source* Library
*Genre* Young Adult, Horror
*Rating* 3-3.5


Courtney Alameda's Pitch Dark is a standalone, young adult, horror novel told in alternating narratives by Tuck Morgan and Laura Cruz. Pitch Dark tells the story of a lost spaceship (USS John Muir) that left Earth some 400 years ago thanks to a mass evacuation from Earth and other factors I'll not spoil for you. The Muir, loaded with all sorts of amazing stuff, drifted in space for 400 years before its inhabitants, like Tuck, were
It was a long wait for this book, and I'm happy to say it did not disappoint. Though I've found myself reading less and less YA since first I added this book to my shelves, I flew through this book (despite the fact that I was really enjoying it so I tried to make it last - I have terrible willpower).

We're mainly following Tuck and Laura - that's pronounced as Laora in the Spanish style - two teens from very different backgrounds. Tuck is essentially from history; he's woken from 400 years of co
Mar 09, 2015 marked it as to-read
Marauding space scavengers and deadly aliens who kill with sound.... That sounds... Pretty epic, actually. Why does it have to be so far away though?

Update on 12-27-16
2018. What do you MEAN 2018?!?!?! I can't wait that long! *Sad Face*
Sarah MacMillan
I'm purely a horror person. Give me your erotic werewolf novels, toss over those vampire romances, but there has to be some horror in it to appeal to my tastes. I was willing to give Pitch Dark a go. The blue glowing skull on the cover was enough to catch my eye, but I'm not a sci-fi person so I was wary this time around. Sci-fi to me is a tricky genre. It can't be too generalized but tropes are frustrating, and aliens are a big no-no for me because its too cliche. I'll be fair here - this isn't ...more
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Well I really enjoyed this story. Even with the many snippets of story found in various sci fi films I was still engaged early on and thought the suspense did not let up. While the story did not come off wholly original I still thought the author did a good job making it her own with individual characters, the add in of enemy terrorists and fun things like Laura’s family being curators and architects fascinated with Earths history. The hero waking up over 400+ years into the future really gave i ...more
The Blonde Bookworm
Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was instantly drawn to Pitch Dark after reading the first few lines of the synopsis. Space, hardcore female lead, and zombie like creatures?... I'm IN! The action was non-stop from the first page to the last and I was hooked. Not only was the novel action packed, but it was paced evenly from the beginning to the very end. I always judge a book by how easy it is to put down, and let me tell you... I could not put this book down.

There is nothing I love more than a badass female lead. Laura was
Mar 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

Originally posted at For What It's Worth on 3/26/18:

Source: arc provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review

Pitch Dark dives right in and doesn’t let go. That’s both a pro and a con. For almost 1/3 of the book, I was completely lost when it came to some of the slang (for example, one of the characters says *wedge me* instead of swearing – like when BSG uses frak instead of fuck) and it just seemed like such a silly term it kept dist
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult, thriller
Tuck has been in stasis for 400 years after his ship, the John Muir, was jettisoned into deep space and stranded, unlikely to ever be found again. When he awakes, he finds his ship has been overrun by the mutated remains of other crew members whose screams alone can tear you apart. Laura is a young hacker onboard the Conquistador, a raiding ship looking for the key to the human race's survival. When the Conquistador and the John Muir collide, Laura and Tuck must work together to save their crews ...more
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A veteran bookseller and librarian, Courtney Alameda now spends her days writing thriller and horror novels for young people. Her debut novel, SHUTTER, was nominated for a Bram Stoker award and hailed as a "standout in the genre" by School Library Journal. Her forthcoming novel, PITCH DARK (Spring 2017), is a genre-blending science fiction/horror novel in the vein of Ridley Scott's 1979 film ALIEN ...more

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