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Out of Darkness (The Creation of Jack, #1)

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Sixteen-year-old Logan Bailey finds herself forcefully recruited into an underground paramilitary organization. Outperformed by the older candidates, Logan doesn’t understand why she is there…until the psychological experiments begin.

Pushed to her limits, stripped of everything she cares about, and emptied of her identity, Logan will have to rediscover who she is and what
Kindle Edition, 347 pages
Published January 20th 2017 (first published August 1st 2015)
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Beth Wangler
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is one of those books that deserves to be read over and over. Now that the next 3 books are out, I appreciate the threads that begin in this story even more.

In this time of uncertainty and fear, I needed Logan's story on such a deep level. Walking with her through the world she didn't have much control over, the world that was trying to destroy her, and seeing her determination and persistence, her courage and ability to never give in, is strengthening me to stay myself and f
Faye Fite
Feb 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
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I absolutely loved this story. E.B. Dawson has mastered the art of nonlinear narrative. Out of Darkness jumps back and forth from different parts of Logan/Jack’s life, giving the novel a disjointed feel that perfectly reflected the main character’s shaky mental state. It’s not often that I read a book that can execute a nonlinear plot with such impressive results.

Part sci-fi, part thriller, part dystopian, part futuristic, this novel kep
Susannah Metzler
Jul 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: indie-published
I enjoyed this book, though there are some things I had trouble with. Positives first!
- Logan/Jack's character is terrific. Very complex, and well written, and, for the most part, seemed very realistic. E. B. Dawson must have done her research. The whole psychology behind this character is awesome.
- The nonlinear style of writing was really cool. It must take a lot of time and effort to write like that.
- THE ENDING THOUGH. I really like the idea presented at the end of the book, and it helped m
Katelyn Buxton
Jun 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Hallie Jenkins
May 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wow! That’s all I can really say is wow. The story, the world-building, the characters: just wow! I couldn’t put this down and read it in one day. I can’t wait to get my hands on the next one!

I did dock one star, but that was for reasons that may not bother other people:

1. A few of the long stretches of dialogue that did not include tags, got a little confusing at times. I had to go back and figure out who was having the conversation and which piece of dialogue belonged to which person. Although
K.L. + Pierce
Mar 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: indie-author
Out of Darkness is a very captivating, emotionally charged, sci-fi thriller.

Dawson takes on the challenge of using a non-linear writing style, and it pays off beautifully. While I was able to guess what Logan would become about 20% of the book (it was a very lucky guess), I continued to keep reading because I wanted to know what it took to bring her to this point. My questions were steadily answered while simultaneously leaving more blanks to fill, making the story even more engaging than it wo
S. M. Holland
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was pleasantly surprised by this book...then I fell in love with this book... I wasted my whole day reading from beginning until the end.. though I suppose that isn't a waste then, is it? ;) There was so much action in this book, so many twists I was not expecting. I was holding my breath the whole time. I couldn't stop reading, I had to know what the heck was happening to Logan.
As someone who studies mental illnesses, I was quick to recognize the main characters struggle with PTSD. The author
Janelle Garrett
Jun 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was an amazing book. It took me a few chapters to get used to it. There were a few stylistic things that were confusing (dialogue a little hard to follow, POV breaks every once in a while). But this didn't detract from the story. I loved the non-linear style, how it jumps between different points of Logan's life. But the author made this easy to know at what point you were at, using a different name for the character (Logan, Bailey, Jack) to clue you in on what part of the storyline you wer ...more
Erin Dydek
Mar 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: phoenix-fiction
Enjoyed my second read through this book as much as the first! I wanted to reacquaint myself with all the little details of this story before starting book two. E.B. Dawson books always give me a lot to think about and I love her writing so I’m looking forward to seeing how this series plays out!
Deborah Kelty
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Out of Darkness is the first of a duology called The Creation of Jack by E.B. Dawson, and is a YA dystopian set in the not-so-distant future, in which the future of humanity is at risk and a conspiracy involving super-humans might have something to do it.
With a premise like this, one might assume it to be something akin to other YA novels like
Divergent or The Hunger Games. And in one way, that could be the case. But after having read this, I wouldn't really say so. Which is a good thing, in its
May 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a great read. Based on story alone it's an easy 5 stars from me. The only reason why I ranked it a bit lower is because there were some things that made it a bit confusing at points. It didn't do much to take away from the over all story, though. This is a deep, powerful read with real purpose and intentionality to it. You can feel it with every page you read: it's going somewhere. The characters are great, the action is engaging and the ending is sweet and powerful. My only suggestion ...more
Beth Wangler
Jul 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story gets better every time I read it. I don't know what Goodreads has done to my past reviews, but:

Logan is one of my favorite female characters--my favorite characters, period. Despite her suffering at the hands of very evil people, she refuses to become a victim and chooses who she grows up to be. The supporting characters are incredible, and I love the rocky start to their relationships in this book. A beautiful start to an incredible series.
Azelyn Klein
I had already read several recommendations for this book, so I had high expectations. In all, it’s a fast-paced, psychological and action-filled novel, set in a futuristic society. And while I found it difficult to understand what was going on at times, I found it easy to empathize with Logan. As an expat myself, I can relate to her in the beginning, especially when it comes to not feeling at home in her home country.

“But what her parents didn’t understand was that ‘home’ wasn’t familiar. She m
Julia Garcia
Sep 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
What to say about this amazing book?
E.B. Dawson writes so well and so vividly that at times I wondered if she had experienced some of the things the main character experienced herself.
Some of the dialogue was a little confusing because of lack of dialogue tags, but once I established the characters' personalities and voices I was fine.
I loved her core characters, especially Druce and Logan who I just want to wrap in a blanket and feed cookies and hot chocolates to.
I'm gonna start the next
Dec 03, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't put it down. This was way too dark for me. The end was a surprise twist. Note: why is the only solution to bullies and thugs. .. Violence? (Supposedly we live in a better civilization that negates the need for violence. Police officers have now backed away from any protection to citizens in any confrontation due to the last few years of upheaval. I don't feel safe anymore. ) I gave this story 4 stars for the it's negativity and the "progress at any cost". The ending is Not believable. ...more
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Shelves: indie
I’ve read a lot of books, and after awhile, you start seeing patterns in the types of characters. You’ve got your YA dystopian heroine, your black-haired sassy bad boy, your farm boy hero… But I can’t think of any other characters like Logan, Out of Darkness's heroine.

Here's my overall thoughts:

This book reminded me of Ender’s Game. A lot. Even down to the conversations opening the chapters. The similarity isn’t a bad thing- I love Ender’s Game, and didn’t go into this book expecting a super uni
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