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Darkness Falls (Nature's Fury, #1)

4.40  ·  Rating details ·  62 ratings  ·  47 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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May 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Bottom of main p163…"the opening while I…" different font…bottom of main page 192…"I sit quietly…" different font…main p194 "I think Mother Nature IS finally tired of…" missing word….otherwise, this story 100% earns 5-stars...the only reason I took breaks from it was to get sleep...a yummy blend of darkness, suspense, and sisterly love...imagery is incredible...plot flow reels in initial concern for the number of chapters was proven upon stopping in Chapter 56 at main page ...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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
Jeremy Jones
Feb 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
A natural disaster leaves teenage sisters Quinn and Riley isolated and struggling to survive an increasingly hostile environment alone. Humankind’s greed and apathy have left the world a turbulent and dangerous place to live.

But things get worse when Quinn’s sister goes missing. And now she must gauge who to trust in a world where life is cheap and make her way in a dying world where if crazed survivors don't kill you, Nature will.

Overall, it was a fun disaster book. I like that the characters w
V. Benson
Mar 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a fantastic debut novel from A.E. Faulkner. It offers a twist on typical young-adult literature, while providing commentary on humanity’s current treatment of the environment, which I believe is appealing to Generation Z. The novel starts with Quinn and her sister, Riley, staying in their aunt’s trailer and fighting nightmares of what they just experienced. As the details of their personal tragedy unfold, the reader learns more about each of the sisters, through Faulkner’s masterful char ...more
Jim Colborn
Mar 22, 2020 rated it liked it
A.E. Faulkner has written a dystopian fiction novel about two teenage girls, Quinn and Riley, who are on vacation with their parents in Delaware when an 8.2 magnitude earthquake occurs. The cataclysmic events that follow contribute to a car accident that kills their parents and forces the girls to leave and begin an adventure to survive. Many are killed as Mother Nature continues to produce violent aftershocks, wind and rain storms. Problems continue for the girls as they realize the shortages ...more
Jennifer Dennis
Mar 22, 2020 rated it liked it
I think I would categorize Darkness Falls, by A.E. Faulkner, as a slow burner. I don’t mean that in a negative way, but given my experiences with dystopian type novels, there is not as much fast moving action, especially in the first half of the story. Most of this time is spent revealing characters and is centered around the two main protagonists Riley and Quinn just figuring out where their direction is headed, or not headed, in this new world they are encountering. Now, some might argue that ...more
Mar 29, 2020 rated it liked it
A.E. Faulkner's work, Darkness Falls, tells the story of Quinn, a young girl navigating an erupting world that seems to be retaliating against humankind for decades of mistreatment. Mother nature is angry, and she is fighting back on all fronts. I did enjoy Faulkner's message in creating this dystopian world that very well could be our future if humankind does not adjust its ways. Faulkner creatively weaves in a plethora of natural disasters. She effectively heightens the tension through these e ...more
Mar 27, 2020 rated it liked it
I was debating between giving this 3 and 4 starts, but settled on 3 because I kept waiting for the stories to come together in this book, and they didn't develop into one cohesive plot line. In many ways, this books felt like a series of semi-related short stories. I thought the book was interesting and had many engaging, and surprising elements, but didn't fully develop a plot continuity the way I would have hoped. The author does a really good job of developing characters and did a good job of ...more
Ian Fairley
Mar 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
With Darkness Falls, A.E. Faulkner has added a quality, but not groundbreaking, addition to the dystopian young adult genre. While it hits many familiar notes, its characters and setting raise it above the cliche and trite masses of novels in the genre. Not only can readers expect the excitement and drama of a dystopian thriller, but also a look into the effects and healing process of teenage trauma, specifically when dealing with death and loss.
The dystopian young adult genre often falls victi
Matt Wax
Mar 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
A.E. Faulkner wastes no time in getting down to business with Darkness Falls, which opens its story immediately with intense action and tragedy. The protagonist, Quinn, and her older sister (Riley) are attempting to make sense of their mess in the aftershock of a devastating earthquake and the subsequent loss of their family.

Quinn is the type of character I always enjoy in fiction: sharp, quick-witted, wise beyond their years, and strong despite the inner and outer conflicts that continually con
S.J. Lomas
Jan 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Mo O'Malley
Mar 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
I found this novel to be especially timely and relevant. As we are currently going through a period of isolation and social distancing, readers can relate to the feelings of confusion and uncertainty about the outside world that the characters face in this novel.

The author’s writing style keeps readers intrigued throughout the novel. Faulkner develops the characters thoroughly and intentionally, which keeps the reader invested in their stories. Evidence of the thoroughness of character developm
Maya A
Mar 30, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: meduc-527
Darkness Falls by A.E. Faulkner is the first book that I have read in a very long time, where I feel like readers grow with the characters as they read the book. There were so many moments throughout the novel where I felt like I had the opportunity to witness many characters change their ideas, their responses to others, and their overall story-lines.
The book is centered around two sisters, Riley and Quinn Whelan, who after losing their parents both grow from being lost and naive, to grounded a
Alana Yap
Mar 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Set in a dystopian future where Mother Nature is out for revenge, Darkness Falls by A.E. Faulkner follows the lives of two sisters, Quinn and Riley, who must adapt and survive. When Quinn and Riley are separated mysteriously one evening, Quinn must venture through the perils of Mother Nature (and mankind) with the help of some new friends in order to be reunited with her sister. The story is fast paced filled with new characters and constant twists. It makes for a quick and enthralling read. A.E ...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
Harriet Bennett
Aug 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

A YA, dark, apocalyptic adventure about a group of young adults trying to make it to safety. Let me tell you, yet again, I could not put this book down and the ending had me immediately downloading the next instalment.

I loved it. I really couldn’t stop turning pages. My favourite genre is always dystopian, post apocalyptic and I’ve always had a thing for YA novels so this ticks all the boxes.

The descriptions and scene setting is very well done and I felt I could really pic
Ernest Solar
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When the characters of a story start to invade your dreams at night, you know it’s a great book! This is exactly what happened with Faulkner’s debut YA novel, Darkness Falls. Faulkner quietly weaves a story line that is engaging and exciting with believable characters with real flaws. First, I appreciate how Faulkner throws the reader into the post-apocalyptic adventure of six young adults trying to navigate a new world without a clue as to what happened. And then unobtrusively throughout the pl ...more
Mark Schultz
Apr 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story is an enjoyable read. The author knows how to craft a tale worth reading. Written in First Person point of view, there is an intimacy that allows a reader to get very close to the situation. This author does a very good job of maintaining the POV, nice and clean.
Faulkner skillfully balances the story with action and dialogue, it's not all the feelings and observations of one person. The dialogue is so funny at times, I found myself laughing quite a bit.
The characters come across as
J.R. Schuyler
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“Darkness Falls” is a taut dystopian novel about two sisters trying to survive in a world riddled with natural disasters. Over the course of the story, they encounter many interesting characters--some friendly and some… less friendly. All of them are well-developed and brimming with personality.

I really enjoyed the writing style and the plot, and the short chapters made it easy to read “just one more” before going to bed. The only thing I didn’t like was the semi-cliffhanger ending. If that both
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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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