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Darkest Hour (Battle Ground #3)

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Bex Ellman and Ketty Smith are fighting on opposite sides in a British civil war. Bex and her friends are in hiding, but when Ketty threatens her family, Bex learns that her safety is more fragile than she thought.

The Battle Ground series is set in a dystopian near-future UK, after Brexit and Scottish independence.
ebook, 288 pages
Published October 17th 2019 by Taller Books
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Oct 18, 2019 rated it really liked it

Darkest Hour continues the stories of Bex and Ketty from the previous two titles in the series Battle Ground and False Flag. In this book, Bex and her friends have been taken in by a resistance cell are are hiding out above a shop and Newcastle. They are constantly on the alert and learning to drive in case they need to make a quick getaway. But the stresses of being constantly on the run,the confines of their hiding place and decisions that have been made in the past are starting to cause tensi
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great continuation of the series. This book follows both Ketty and Bex, the main characters from book 1 and 2 in the series. It picks up the action after the characters last met and the tension keeps rising from there, following both characters as they navigate an increasingly complicated and morally confused future.
If you enjoy reading dystopian SF, this series is one of the best I've read since Divergent. And it keeps getting better!
Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
First things first: I adore this series. It absolutely angers me sometimes, but I love it.

Darkest Hour is book three, so if you haven't read the first two, get on that ASAP. Trust me. You'll want to read them because they're awesome.

In this one, Bex and her friends are in hiding, considered refuges, and have to do whatever it takes to stay safe. Ketty and Bracken, on the other hand, are working with Brigadier Lee and the other nefarious government people to try and bring Bex and the others in. W
I just can’t get enough of this series; there’s so many levels to the story & it’s scary how easy it is to see this as a possible future. I love that Rachel Churcher can make me feel sorry for a character that I should hate & how much she makes me think about what I’m reading. I’m so eager for book four, but can’t believe it ends with book five.

⚠️ Violence, guns, discussions of terrorist behaviour, violent interrogation, death of a parent, abuse toward a wheelchair user & alcoholism ⚠️

I was sen
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star, dystopian
In book one of the series, Battle Ground, we witnessed a sequence of events as experienced by Bex Ellman. Book two, False Flag, saw the same events but from Ketty Smith's point of view. This book follows on from those events and this time we get alternating chapters from Bex and Ketty.

I like the strong and loyal female characters that take the lead in the books. Whether rebel or army neither side has much control over their own life. Both girls are simply trying to do their best to protect their
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
With the first two books in this series, Churcher told the same series of events from the points of view of the antagonists. Our hero Bex got the first book and her nemesis Ketty got the second. Now we get the continuation of the story with each taking charge of alternating chapters. The tension is greater (and it wasn't low in the first two books) and the motivations more interesting. Ketty isn't any more likable than she was in the earlier books, but she's becoming a much deeper character. And ...more
Wathanya Souvanna
Dec 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Darkest Hour is the part where things get more serious. The storytelling alternates between Bex and Ketty, protagonist and antagonist.

You must read the first or second book (preferably both) of this series to get the most out of this third book. This is where you see Ketty the Petty do her thing, manipulating, shit-talking people in her head, and torturing people just for the sake of it, and you'll see how everything so far affects Bex and her team.

Oh, you'll also see how impulsive and selfish
G.R. Thomas
Jan 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Wow!!! This is such a great series. How much can I hate one character whilst living another? Ketty!!! What a messed up character is she? How many words could I use to describe her vindictive nature? But... she’s so damned believable too. I hate her but I love her. And Bex... she’s braver and more determined despite knowing her every move is watched. This series stays just as page turning as the first book. You honestly feel like the author has been in the military, it’s so well written. Bring on ...more
Violeta Bagia
Mar 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Strong female characters are a must for me in literature like this. As always Churcher knows how to give her leading ladies enough drive, angst and challenge to really let their character shine and grow organically. Love the series so far!
Oct 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Darkest Hour is the 3rd instalment of the Battle Ground series and in a turn from the previous 2 books, gives us the point of view of both Bex and Ketty in the same book. I do really enjoy multiple POV books and the alternating chapters are a real favourite which meant I enjoyed this immensely. Time has moved on a little and whilst Bex and her fellow recruits have made their way to the North East of England, Ketty and Bracken have managed to secure themselves a London posting. This helps to driv ...more
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Darkest Hour is the 3rd book I have read in the Battleground series. The first book was mainly about Bex, the 2nd about Ketty and the 3rd book joins them both together again. Now, these two young girls are not friends, Ketty was a trainer at the Recruit Training Service, a government-run organisation. Bex was a recruit until she decided to turn to the rebels' side.

The series is set in the UK and is set in the future after Brexit and Scottish Independence. Britain has isolated itself and all thos
Sean Talbot
Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
The third in the Battle Grounds series. It was a good read however it didn’t have ass much of an impact as the second book did.
The jumping between Ketty and Bex ws hard at first to get used to but as each chapter changed point of views it got easier to follow.
Ketty is still a great character and she is harsh and not the friendly style of person you can see she is a person who you would love to have on your team. She is strong and she is loyal. Strong convictions and a sense os duty is what keeps
Jessica Belmont
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Have you started this series? If your answer was no, pause here and go read start this series. It’s amazing and I’m obsessed. Rachel Churcher has a fan in me and I can’t wait to see what’s next!

I love that this novel picks up with where the other landed. The world building is incredible. I’m in such awe that I was actually feeling like I’m there.

The pacing is fantastic. I never felt bored and I felt like I was there. I love the page turning pace. I was entertained the whole way through. Is book
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Read book 2 and 3 one after the other. Book 2 was a little harder to read than book one as Ketty is a less sympathetic character and it was covering much the same ground as book 1 from another viewpoint. Book 3 was much better with alternate chapters from Bex and Ketty's viewpoint. This shows that books 1 and 2 would have been much better if combined and as the books were very short that would have made for a more satisfying read. In 3 I got a little more fellow feeling with Ketty. One criticism ...more
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