Dark Days by Kate Ormand
published on June 3rd 2014 by Sky Pony Press
dystopia | science fiction | romance
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The future world has been divided into sectors–each the same as the other. Surrounded by thick steel fences, there is no way in and no way out. Yet a cyborg army penetrates each sector, picking off its citizens one by one, until no one is left. Behind the sectors’ thick walls, the citizens wait to die. Few will be chosen to survive what’s coming; the rest will be left behind to suffer. A new world has been created, and its rulers are incredibly selective on who will become a citizen. They want only those with important roles in society to help create a more perfect future.
Sixteen-year-old Sia lives in one of the sectors as part of a family that is far too ordinary to be picked to live. According to the digital clock that towers high above her sector, she has only fifteen days to live. Sia has seen the reports and knows a horrific death is in store for her, but she is determined to make the most of her final days. Sia refuses to mourn her short life, instead promising herself that she’ll stay strong, despite being suffocated by her depressed mother and her frightened best friend. Just when Sia feels more alone than ever, she meets Mace, a mysterious boy. There is something that draws Sia to him, despite his dangerousness, and together, they join a group of rebels and embark on an epic journey to destroy the new world and its machines, and to put an end to the slaughter of innocent people.
“We can see it, but we’ll never be able to reach it. So what’s the point in looking at it and wanting it?
To be honest, I went into this hoping for a mindless, action-packed dystopian read. Well, I did get that, but it wasn’t executed the way I hoped it would. I did get the idea and I think this book has potential, but I had a lot of issues with it.
Wait… Where’s the plot again?
This book is only a whopping 250+ pages, which was mostly used up for the most irrelevant things, like the heroine fussing over her bitchy mom, pitying herself for not being able to see her best friend, and denying that she couldn’t find love in fifteen days.
OH YES–you heard me right. If the world was going to end in fifteen days, would FALLING IN LOVE be on your bucketlist? Not on mine. Maybe kissing, or doing the deed, I would understand. But falling in love? That’s a whole different thing, and I don’t see the point.
That romance… JUST NO.
I’m not sure I can explain how much the romance bothered me. Take a look at these quotes and see for yourself:
“I’ve wanted to kiss you like that since the first time I saw you.”
“I push Mace (the love interest) out of the way, and the machine catches me instead.”
I know I wouldn’t be willing to potentially kill myself to save a guy who I’ve only known for two weeks.
What’s with the extra half star?
Like I said, this book had potential. If it had been stretched out to, maybe, 450+ pages, it could have been so much better. Another good thing about the book is that it was definitely action-packed towards the end–it was kind of like watching a movie. A cheesy, stereotypical, cliche movie. But hey, it still gives you a visual of something.
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