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Pitch Dark by Courtney Alameda
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it was amazing
bookshelves: young-adult, thriller

Tuck has been in stasis for 400 years after his ship, the John Muir, was jettisoned into deep space and stranded, unlikely to ever be found again. When he awakes, he finds his ship has been overrun by the mutated remains of other crew members whose screams alone can tear you apart. Laura is a young hacker onboard the Conquistador, a raiding ship looking for the key to the human race's survival. When the Conquistador and the John Muir collide, Laura and Tuck must work together to save their crews while trying to evade a malicious organization set on their failure.

"When the light flicks on again, a lone figure stands under the bulb, tentacles sliding up over its shoulders and curling around its waist." This book is a study in tension, suspense, and anticipation! Crouching in the dark and hoping things don't find you, you're holding your breath alongside the characters. Tuck and Laura are fantastic characters, with distinct voices and personalities, the banter between them being particularly good. They are characters that I WANT to spend time with, even when they are struggling. Pitch Dark is playfully sprinkled with references to contemporary movies, games, and pop culture (especially through the voice of Tuck) and I loved the play between Laura's futuristic tech landscape and Tuck's "older," more analog world.

Lastly, this book resonated repeatedly on a personal level, especially reading about Laura's subjugator (a cruel means of control). Reading her struggles was somehow cathartic: an exercise in resistance that feels validating for anyone who may have ever felt helpless. I was impressed with the author's note at the end, which conveyed just how much of Alameda's own identity is wrapped up in the characters, tensions, and struggles of the book. A fantastic read.
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February 21, 2018 – Shelved
February 21, 2018 – Shelved as: young-adult
February 21, 2018 – Shelved as: thriller
February 21, 2018 – Finished Reading

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