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Darkness Falls (Nature's Fury, #1)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  104 ratings  ·  71 reviews
As nature tires of human destruction, two sisters must face a changing environment that stands between them and survival.


When Quinn and Riley set out on a family vacation with their parents, the trip ends before it begins. Mother Nature interferes with their plans, setting off a sequence of events that thrusts the teens into a hostile land
Paperback, 348 pages
Published 2019 by Indie Owl Press
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Melina Blackwell
Apr 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Darkness Falls Book 1 Of The Nature’s Fury Series, is a young adult dystopian narrative novel, written by the author A.E. Faulkner. The book is about two sisters Quinn and Riley.
Quinn and Riley are eager to begin their family vacation with their parents’ to Delaware. Suddenly, as they are driving along the highway the family experiences Mother Nature’s fury. A major earthquake plummets the family car into a dark unexpected hole as cars fly everywhere. Unfortunately, Quinn and Riley parents peri
S. Jones
Mar 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this novel. A.E. Faulkner has created a believable dystopian world in which the heroine, Quinn, struggles to make sense of the disorienting and dramatic changes she experiences. "Darkness Falls", as a dystopian novel, answers important "what if" questions that could be at the forefront of teenage brains. What if I lost both my parents in a sudden accident? What if climate change rapidly and unpredictably accelerates? What would I do to survive? How would I care for myself and ot ...more
Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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H. Lia
Mar 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ok, I loved this book. From the author’s notes at the end, my understanding is this is A. E. Faulkner’s debut novel. I thought it was very well written, the character development was captivating, and the plot had me hooked. The book takes place in the Delmarva area where I am from, so it was interesting to relate to real locations that the characters traveled through. Also, the timing of my reading in coincidence with today’s current situation of the Covid-19 pandemic gave me a unique perspectiv ...more
Ellen Heilman
Mar 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Darkness Falls by A. E. Faulkner is a page turner! Faulkner’s writing style draws the reader in with short chapters and chapter-end cliffhangers. I was unable to stop reading! Another reason I could not stop reading Darkness Falls because of Faulkner’s believable characters and intriguing post-apocalyptic setting. Quinn and Riley, as well as the other characters, had positive and negative qualities about them that captured the complexity of human emotions, rationale, bonds, and flaws. This made ...more
Phillip Dudeck
Apr 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Darkness Falls is an absolutely amazing book that I thoroughly enjoyed reading. The plot moved along at a steady but quick pace that kept the reader constantly engaged. The short chapters that all had mini cliff hangers also kept me wanting to keep reading. I enjoyed this book so much that I finished it in only a couple of days. The characters are all fairly relatable and I could think of people who they reminded me of. For example, Wes reminded me of a kid I went to high school with who would a ...more
Jessica Bronder
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Quinn and Riley are with their parents and on the way to vacation in Delaware but end up in an accident that kills their parents. On their own they decide to continue on to their destination. But then Mother Nature goes violent and storms come out of nowhere killing many. They girl hole up but have to adventure out when their supplies run low. They run into a couple of guys and stay at their place. But when Quinn wakes up she finds Riley gone. It seems some people have plans for Riley and it’s u ...more
Norma Nikutowski
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The story drew me in right away and kept me wondering what would happen next. Quinn and Riley, two sisters lose their parents in an accident during a vacation trip to their Aunt Grace. The two sisters have to figure out what to do next as things just keep getting worse with earthquakes, storms, and tornadoes. Riley disappears and it’s up to Quinn to find her.
A. E. Faulkner masterfully weaves her engaging characters into surviving Nature’s fury and figuring out who they can trust. If you like dy
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dystopian
Before I read this I had forgotten how much I liked dystopian novels. I love the storyline, the characters are well-developed and relatable. There is just enough description but not too much. Plus there is a little heartbreak mixed in with the happy ending, which I love! I can't wait to read the next in the series. ...more
Feather Chelle
Mar 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A real page-turner

This is one of the best dystopian novels I have ever read. The scariest thing about it is that I find it easy to believe that something like this could happen. I am really looking forward to checking out the rest of the series.
Nicholas Flick
Apr 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Overall I thought this book was an exceptional read from beginning to end. Normally, I find it troubling to become engaged in a book and maintaining it throughout the book, but that was not the case while reading "Darkness Falls." I had a difficult time putting the book down and constantly found myself wanting to read more, eventually until I finished the entire book in just three quick days. Personally, I am not a huge fan of the idea of books that deal with a dystopian story and was a little h ...more
Connor Torrens
Mar 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book gripped me from the beginning and held my attention until the very end. The two main characters that we meet, Quinn and Riley, are three-dimensional and interesting characters. They struggle to get their lives back under control after a devastating earthquake destroys much of the East Coast of the United States. This disaster takes the lives of Quinn and Riley's parents and forces the two sisters into taking a journey home to an unknown and very different world. Along their journey the ...more
Michael Pritts
Apr 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Reading Darkness Falls A.E. Faulkner took me back to reading other dystopian style novels, such as The Giver and Brave New World. The previous dystopian novels that I had read, though interesting, did not seem to have any immediate pertinence or relevance to the real world. However, the most intriguing part about Darkness Falls is the fact that I could actually see this story potentially playing out today’s world. The connections to natural disasters wreaking havoc due to man-kind’s overreach se ...more
Juliette Lawless
Apr 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
"Darkness Falls" was a great read. I love the notion of humans against nature's fury or the divine. This is a theme that artists depict quite often in modern times and some artists even foreshadowed in art history. Her descriptive writing adequately painted a similar image in my mind. Being an artist myself, I am very big into visualization, and this book was extremely visual for me. The tension between the two, humans and natural disasters, makes meaningful commentary on the need for environmen ...more
Anthony Batres
Apr 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A.E. Faulkner’s novel Darkness Falls is a remarkable addition to the dystopian wave we’ve seen
in mainstream media within recent years. Faulkner does a wonderful job mixing aspects of young adult literature with adrenaline-filled moments of survival that only add to the drama that the main characters go through. Faulkner’s teen characters are forced into a difficult situation that results in the death of their loved ones including their parents. Tragic circumstances force the teen characters to g
Lorenzo Johnson
Apr 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Darkness Falls be A.E. Faulkner was a excellent read. Between the dynamic of the characters to the plot. For starters the theme of the novel was excellent, the author incorporated many ideas and feelings that are felt outside in the novel which we feel on a daily basis, during Covid times. To me personally, when a story touches the readers on a real world basis it is excellent, especially coming from a future educator, looking for stories which connect students to their own world is extremely im ...more
Paul Fagnano
Apr 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
To me, this story is about doing whatever it takes to survive. When Quinn and Riley’s parents die as a result of a devastating earthquake, the two teenagers are determined to survive this seemingly post-apocalyptic world. With little resources around them, they team up with another group of teenagers in an attempt to take on the world... literally. With the climate around them constantly changing, the teens have to adapt in order to survive their dystopian present.
While this book is obviously f
Feb 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Darkness Falls by A.E. Faulkner was a fantastic book. The anticipation that I had about what was going to happen next throughout the book was unreal. I wanted to finish the whole book in one setting. Now that I have finished the book, I cannot wait to read her next one to find answers for the questions that I currently have. I think Faulkner had done an amazing job painting the pictures of the events as well as the emotions that her characters had throughout the book. I found myself laughing, cr ...more
Samantha Thomas
Mar 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Written well, this was a book that keeps you hooked from chapter to chapter. I was so happy the next was was out. Downloaded already!!
S.L. Harpel
Apr 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great start!

A great start to a new series from this amazing new author. Plenty of twist and turns and heart wrenching moments to keep u reading. I’m dying to pick up anguish unfolds to see what happen to Riley!
Quinn made a few really stupid choices that irritated me- like the world is in turmoil so I’m going to go for a run. But at the same time it was that reminder that she is just a teenage and doing her best to cope.
My favorite relationship was Riley and Quinn. I feel like these types of
Eric Witt
Apr 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
This book was a good story about the beginning of the end. Set on the east coast, it follows Quinn, who is a teenage girl and with her sister survived a massive earthquake that claimed the lives of their parents. As the two try to come to terms with their horrific loss they also have to figure out how to survive in a disaster area. As they take refuge in a vacation trailer, the sisters struggle to decide what to do and who to trust. Things get more complicated when it is discovered that one of t ...more
Nancy (The Avid Reader)
Two sisters Quinn and Riley along with their parents set out on vacation. Their Aunt Grace has trailer near the beach in Delaware that they visit every year. They end up in a terrible accident close to Aunt Grace’s. Their parents don’t survive. Quinn and Riley make their way to their aunt’s place not knowing what else to do.

It looks like Mother Nature has had enough of the way people is treating her home and decides that is it time for a little payback. The earth is hit with earthquakes, tornad
Michele Hochstrasser
Mar 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Reading Darkness Falls by A.E. Faulkner left me sitting on the edge of my chair wondering what would happen next. You are immediately drawn into an apocalyptic scenario where inexplicable natural disasters have overrun the region and two sisters find themselves completely alone as an accident tragically takes their parents away from them. Separated by the events of the novel, one sister, Quinn, joins a group of students are trying to make their way to safety or home. In turn, they join her in he ...more
John Bullock
Mar 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
If there was a word to describe A.E. Faulkner’s Darkness fall it would be raw. Faulkner is able to build the world through the personal perspective of Quinn as well as the characterization of the supporting cast. The descriptive language Faulkner uses when Quinn encounters someone new allows the reader to have an understanding of the cast and the environment that shaped them. This fleshes out the world to not only Quinn but also the reader who starts to feel familiar with this world ravaged with ...more
Travis Barbe
Mar 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
Darkness falls is an exceptional book, and I can’t help but get feel antsy to get my hands on the second book of the series. Faulkner does a fantastic job of developing unique personalities for each of her characters that compliment and challenge each other. This book was filled with courage, grief, anxiety, and adversity that all had to be managed and thwarted for this resilient group to reach their goal.
This book would be a great book to show young students what imagery looks like in writing.
Dakota Duncan
Mar 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Darkness Falls by A.E. Faulkner is a young adult novel that focuses on an apocalyptic world and the struggles that our main character, Quinn, endures. This novel is a reminder that humans inhabit Earth and that mother nature is in control, a message that has even more meaning given today's climate.
The driving factor in this novel is characterization. Faulkner easily weaves the progression of the plot through the introduction of new characters that impact Quinn on her journey to be reunited with
Julie Morris
Mar 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Darkness Falls confirms my thoughts, in light of recent events, that nature is in charge of our earth. How powerful nature is in changing the course of a life or many lives. Having respect for nature and the fine balance that we must maintain to keep things in order in an inferred theme in this story. I love that there is an underlying message to a dystopian story that has a real feel to it. Too many characters were introduced for the reader to be able to become attached to one, but I think it p ...more
Terra Williams
Mar 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
I have to admit that this story started a little slow for me. The writing style did not grab my attention at first, however, as Quinn’s character develops and delves into her inner feelings, I began to feel invested.
Darkness falls is elusive and mysterious right up until the very end. A.E. Faulkner gives you information little by little but along the way he continues to create more questions. It is a combination that keeps you interested and a little frustrated.
I did enjoy the fact that while
Amelia Trail
Apr 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Darkness Falls by A. E. Faulkner takes the reader to a world post a virus outbreak. In this story Quinn and Riley try to navigate a world after their parents have died. Quinn and Riley meet a variety of characters through their travels trying to survive this apocalyptic world until they eventually become separated. The rest of the novel focuses on Quinn trying to reunite with her sister Riley. A. E. Faulkner’s protagonist, Quinn is struggling to navigate a parentless, and eventually sister less ...more
Mar 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Darkness Falls was a very enjoyable read! The story follows a young, 16 year old girl named Quinn, and her older sister Riley. The two find themselves in a vulnerable situation just when the east coast seems to be experiencing several natural disasters. As the story unfolds, the sisters come in contact with several characters that ultimately impact their survival. I really liked the way Faulkner was able to develop each one of her characters without them needing as much of a story line as Quinn. ...more
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AE Faulkner is a young adult dystopian author. Her debut novel, Darkness Falls, is the first book in the Nature's Fury series, which explores the Earth’s response to humans poisoning her streams, abusing her animals and destroying her beauty.

She has a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Millersville University and a master’s degree in advertising, public relations & journalism from Temple Univers

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