Dark Days – Kate Ormand

Dark Days by Kate OrmandFormat: Hardback
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Published: 3rd June 2014
Pages: 249 Pages

The BlurbThe 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.

Rating: 4/5

The Review
I won a copy of Dark Days from a Instagram giveaway hosted by Kate, so thank you for my signed copy!

As you’re all aware I’m a fan of Dystopian novels and as Dark Days is classed as this genre, I was excited to start. I think it’s the urgency and dramatic elements associated to the end of the world/society scenarios that I love – that’s weird isn’t it?

The chapters are designed to show you the amount of days Sia has left to live – a countdown to the sector being destroyed by a Cyborg army. It was nice to see chapters written in a different way.

Sia meets Mace a fellow resident and they form a friendship with strong foundations. She learns he’s probably the only person she can trust and with only so many days left to live she may as well spend time with him.

Dark Days had me gripped from start to finish and I honestly loved every minute of it. I liked that it didn’t sugarcoat the fact that everyone was going to die – it was straight to the point and pessmistic; just how a Dystopian novel should be. You even had a variety of gruesome mutilations and deaths, which sounds sadistic, but they worked and actually didn’t make you feel that uneasy.

The concept and story reminded me a little of The Hunger Games saga and I just couldn’t get that out of me head. I wouldn’t say this compassion was a bad thing, just maybe something to consider when you read the novel.

The only thing that I didn’t like was Mace, he was annoying and I wish he’d go away! Sia would have been perfectly well equipped to cope with the end of the world, but he kept popping up like a bad smell.

You can purchase Dark Days on Amazon UK, Amazon US and Hardback.

Find out more about Kate at her website at kateormand.wordpress.com and on Twitter at @kateormand.


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