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Darkness Between the Stars

(Eaters of the Light #1)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  36 ratings  ·  12 reviews
3,000 years from today, Earth is unrecognizable.
Stark cities made of black towers and white houses dot the planet. Tiny robots and powerful dream-inducing software keep humanity entertained. Nearly everything is automated.
But on one rural farm, a lone family lives a remarkably old-world lifestyle.
They harvest wheat. They repair their machines by hand. They drive the
Kindle Edition, 382 pages
Published January 21st 2017 by Tessera Guild Publishing
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Susan Kennedy
I am giving this one 3.5 stars. It wasn't a bad story, but I found it a bit slow and drawn out. The main character, Joff, was deeply invested in. This was a good thing since most of your time is spent with him. I did enjoy watching his character develop. Sometimes he was a bit annoying, but overall he was a likable character.

The story is a bit drawn out as I said before, but also a bit confusing. When I finished the book I was still not sure exactly what had happened. In the story you know what
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
I don't read much science fiction horror on purpose, and I really hate it when what I thought was a hard core sf novel turns out to have zombies or vampires in it. But, "Darkness Between the Stars" just straddled that line between weird and creepy, crossing over into the creep zone enough to make me keep my lights on while I read it, but not enough to cause disbelief.
The premise, without throwing spoilers around is that something or someone is causing the stars to go dark one by one, and it is
Robert Defrank
Feb 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once again Neill proves himself a master of atmospheric writing with this latest work, combining science fiction with a bent for horrific alien imagery. The novel borrows from Ender's Game and Halo with young Joff Armstrong, our protagonist. Why does his family insist on living in rural isolation, shunning this hi-tech Earth? Why is Joff being educated with both pragmatic skills and advance theoretical concepts? And when he looks into the night sky, why do more stars vanish into the darkness?

Jun 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
Received this book as a Goodreads giveaway.

From the summary I was really intrigued by this book. The setup i thought was done quite well. But the pace of the book was very quick. You follow Joff from being a child to an adult within a few chapters. Only getting snapshots into his life only when big changes are happening. This left Joff a little one dimentional for me and didn't help explain his motivations or actions to situations.

I won't go into the plot twist, only to say that I saw them
Patrick Mcnelis
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya
Not awful, but it really wasn't to my liking. I thought the main character was too unbelievable for a variety of reasons that will only spoil the story if I mention them here, so I won't. Written in the first person, the main character was not very likable and barely elevated above one dimension throughout. I thought many of the plot devices were too convenient if not just a little too much like magic rather than science. I felt the story, especially the first third of it, was a bit contrived. ...more
Adora Myers
Dec 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to be honest - this book was much better than I expected. This is my first Edward Neill novel and I am very impressed. It grabbed my attention on the very first page and kept me deeply involved to the very end. There were action, adventure, excitement, extremely difficult life experiences; but the book was also perfectly suitable for tween and teen audiences. Several plot twists took the entire book to resolve and a few took me by surprise (always love those kinds of surprises!). It's an ...more
Oct 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
The beginning was a bit slow and at times the plot lagged. It wasnt until the middle of the book that it picked up and everything began happening at a fast pace. There was so much lore and backstory that i wanted more of but didn't get. The universe was interesting and I wanted more of the action and mystery brought earlier into the story. There wer sections that felt empty and to many things that were vague. Still, interesting plot and some of prose was very pretty.
Kim Upchurch
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received the Darkness Between the Stars by being a Goodreads Giveaways Winner. I don't think there was anything that I didn't like about this book! It was interesting and pulled you along throughout, I did not want to put it down and am really looking forward to #2. The way J. Edward Neill didn't just spill everything the second little pieces came to light, the twists and turns. Thank you so much for the adventure!!
Barbara Dunbar
Jul 28, 2019 rated it liked it

Too many unanswered questions and Joff has a good heart but simplistic. I did carry on because I had to know the outcome.
Oct 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Unique storyline
Jul 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
(3 1/2 - 3 3/4 Stars) I won this as a GoodReads Giveaway and I am very glad I did. I really didn't know what to expect going in to this book, other than I thought the description sounded interesting. I am happy to say this was interesting and fairly well written. I enjoyed the pace and flow of the story and how it started out a bit slow (but not ponderous), picked up speed in the middle act, then ramped up to a fairly intense third act. Well done I thought. My only complaint and the reason for ...more
Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
While most of it is not very original, it is expertly done.
Action packed kind of sci-fi you usually find in films, running around shooting aliens and planets getting destroyed. Not really a profound reading, but fun with a good pace and an interesting universe.
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Hi, I'm J Edward Neill,

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I write a lot. And when I say a lot, I mean a LOT. :)
I'm the author of sci-fi hits A Door Never Dreamed of and the Eaters of the Light trilogy. I wrote the dark fiction Tyrants of the Dead trilogy, penned Hollow Empire, a six-part medieval opera, and recently finished The Hecatomb, a horror novella. And I'm the creator of the Coffee Table Philosophy series,

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