Derrion Parsing is a high school senior and the son of an ex-Army Ranger. Unlike his classmates, he has access to information from the time before the Invisible War, when the government shut down the Internet, reformatting into a propaganda tool. When Derrion attempts to use this information as part of a school project, he awakens to his worst nightmare.
Grade: A (Five Stars)
I have to say this was an outstanding book. The Orwellian reference in the title alone is enough to interest me. In 1984, they are searching for “place where there is no darkness”, it’s a point that if you ever have to discuss 1984 in detail will be brought up at least once. But this future that Douglas paints is just as terrifying. It’s Big Brother again, but it’s worse. Douglas’s descriptions of war are vivid and terrifying, but like a car crash, you can’t look away. You are pull head first into this world, and you just have to go along with it. No one knows what our future will hold, which is why I love dystopian novels so much. They give us the creative output of authors using something real and tethered to this world, to make a idea of what life could be like down the road. Science fiction is the same way, but sometimes makes broader leap then the dystopian side, but whatever you classify this novel, it’s a quick read, with a lot of feelings involved. It’s going to make you think, you are going to react to what the author has put on the page, but that’s why it’s such a great read. It’s got it all in this book, and you won’t want to stop reading. You’ll actually probably reread it! It’s a great book, with a real, gritty, and interesting story. Give it at try!
*I was given a copy in exchange for honest review.
K. M. Douglas grew up in Northeast Ohio and studied creative writing at The Ohio State University. He lives in Rainier, Washington with his wife, cat and two dogs.
In the Place Where There is No Darkness is his first novel.
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