Title: Eternal Darkness
Author: J. F. Johns
Date Published: January 11th 2016
Number of Pages: 342
Summary: The world is divided between humans and cyborgs.
Scarlet Lock is neither.
She is a soldier created to kill on command. But her memory has been erased and when she awakens in a government facility she soon discovers that this new world is a dangerous place, full of government secrets and cruel experiments performed in the name of progress.
With the help of a group of cyborgs, Scarlet will fight to uncover the truth and transform the future of the new world she now lives in.
Eternal Darkness is full of suspense, action and romance and will make readers question what it means to be human.
This novel was provided by the author as an ARC. This review is not biased and is purely an honest opinion.
My only experience with reading about cyborgs would be Cinder by Marissa Meyer, which honestly wasn’t my favourite read. I wasn’t expecting much, but Eternal Darkness was a lovely surprise. It’s a novel that follows cyborgs, riots and X-Prototypes. Our main character, Scarlet is thrown into the novel as a confused girl who has no idea what’s going on. The New Government is completing risky business and their world is in chaos.
There was action and suspense. We immediately get thrown into the world with Scarlet waking up and clueless as to what is going on. As the readers, we’re confused and want to read more to find out what happens to her.
” ‘WAKE UP!’ Scarlet watched the bird that lay on the floor. It twitched uncontrollably.”
A captivating and inviting sentence which sparked my curiosity. Where could she possibly be, if she wakes up this abruptly? The world and plot were both very intriguing as I read on. There are a lot of experiments going on, and the government is suspicious. The world building of the novel was done successfully.
The writing style was also to my liking. Writing style is essential in a novel, and to me, even more so than the plot. Although a bit shaky, most of the time, the writing was descriptive and simple. It wasn’t too eloquent and flourished, which fit the style of this dark novel. However, at times it was too choppy. Choppy writing can work in books like We Were Liars by E. Lockhart, but it just doesn’t sound complimenting.
“This time the cry was louder and Scarlet stepped forward. Yes, someone was crying for help.”
“Her long, straight hair fell over her shoulders and her face was strained. She gave scarlet a dirty look.”
The characters would be my least favourite part. I could not appreciate the ton of characters thrown at us immediately. There wasn’t enough introduction or backstory. It was a lot like, here’s a new person in the story, oh and you’re not really sure who they are yet, but here’s another one. It was rather confusing at first. The prologue already had anther supporting character and in chapter one, we get three more. If you are not a reader who can adapt and mind-map all the characters immediately, this might not be for you.
“As soon as they left the town Curtis turned the radio on and it immediately began to make strange buzzing sounds. His fingers thrashed against the buttons and Sam watched as the thine wires inserted into the skin of his fingers moved and squeaked as he jammed them against the radio.”
Personally, I got confused at around page 90 for my ebook where this quote was. When the character start interacting and they have tension or they’re best friends, I just could not piece it together. They were separate story fragments, and although mosaics are beautiful, characters should fit together in a story. It was a bit disappointing.
Lastly, it’s the romance. The romantic aspect of a YA novel is just as important as any other part. I didn’t find the character choices for the romantic partners. They were fairly well developed characters to be put with Scarlet. However, I didn’t like the way Andrew would act. He would be with Scarlet and then leave her to talk with his ex-girlfriend. The portrayal of the ex-girlfriend was quite biased as well. It was the classic middle school, his ex-girlfriend must not be a decent human being, only Scarlet can be one. I didn’t think there was too much chemistry with the romances, but that’s just the six sense I had.
Overall, it was a great debut and should be given a chance. If world building and plot developing are your go to things in a novel, this is a great fit. The only lacking part would be the characters. Thanks to J. F. Johns for the ARC of her novel!
3 Out of 5 Cups of Tea:
I would recommend a cocoa tea to go with this suspenseful novel. It’s called the CocoCaramel Sea Salt Herbal Tea. It’s a go to for me, if you’ve read my reviews you know I’ve recommended it before. Enjoy! 🙂