Brilliant Darkness #1
Published Jan 2012 by Author
YA, Post Apocalyptic | 211 pages
Seventeen-year-old Groundling, Fennel, is Sightless. She’s never been able to see her lush forest home, but she knows its secrets. She knows how the shadows shift when she passes under a canopy of trees. She knows how to hide in the cool, damp caves when the Scourge comes. She knows how devious and arrogant the Groundlings’ tree-dwelling neighbors, the Lofties, can be.
And she’s always known this day would come—the day she faces the Scourge alone.
The Sightless, like Fenn, are mysteriously protected from the Scourge, the gruesome creatures roaming the forests, reeking of festering flesh and consuming anything—and anyone—living. A Sightless Groundling must brave the Scourge and bring fresh water to the people of the forest. Today, that task becomes Fenn’s.
Fenn will have a Lofty Keeper, Peree, as her companion. Everyone knows the Lofties wouldn’t hesitate to shoot an arrow through the back of an unsuspecting Groundling like Fenn, but Peree seems different. A boy with warm, rough hands who smells like summer, he is surprisingly kind and thoughtful. Although Fenn knows his people are treacherous, she finds herself wanting to trust him.
As their forest community teeters on the brink of war, Fenn and Peree must learn to work together to survive the Scourge and ensure their people’s survival. But when Fenn uncovers a secret that shatters her truths, she’s forced to decide who and what to protect—her people, her growing love for Peree, or the elusive dream of lasting peace in the forest.
Book Review: ★★★★★
I was surprisingly blown away with this book. I had seen its gorgeous cover online and the premise sounded good but I hadn’t really looked into it until recently. I finally did on a whim and noticed that I could borrow it through the Kindle Lending Library. I was blown away with everything about it.
So this is a zombie book, right? Well, supposedly, but I’ve never seen zombies portrayed this way. It was also the first zombie book I’ve read (which surprised me because I really thought I had read one before). The writing was so well done. It’s vivid and descriptvie, yet fast paced and it just sucks you in. What makes it really impressive is that it’s written from Fenn’s perspective. She’s blind. And yet despite this, her world just comes alive within these pages.
I loved the characters (well most of them) too. Fenn was so independent and strong despite her lack of sight. Peree was funny and cocky. I enjoyed their banter and their growing romance. I loved the story and find myself constantly thinking of it when I wasn’t reading. I really just wanted to sit and read this book all day long.
The big plot twists, and even the smaller ones, took me by surprise. I loved every achingly sad, funny, happy and thrilling moment of this book. I immediately went and purchased book two and the short story even before I finished reading. I even went back and purchased this so I could have my own copy. I love this book and the characters and I highly recommend it to everyone. New favorite series and author. Absolutely fantastic!