Welcome to my tour stop for The Seekers Series, The Children of Darkness and The Stuff of Stars by David Litwack. This is a science fiction dystopian series from Evolved Publishing.
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About The Children of Darkness:
A thousand years ago the Darkness came—a terrible time of violence, fear, and social collapse when technology ran rampant. But the vicars of the Temple of Light brought peace, ushering in an era of blessed simplicity. For ten centuries they have kept the madness at bay with “temple magic,” and by eliminating forever the rush of progress that nearly caused the destruction of everything.
Childhood friends, Orah and Nathaniel, have always lived in the tiny village of Little Pond, longing for more from life but unwilling to challenge the rigid status quo. When their friend Thomas returns from the Temple after his “teaching”—the secret coming-of-age ritual that binds young men and women eternally to the Light—they barely recognize the broken and brooding young man the boy has become. Then when Orah is summoned as well, Nathaniel follows in a foolhardy attempt to save her.
In the prisons of Temple City, they discover a terrible secret that launches the three on a journey to find the forbidden keep, placing their lives in jeopardy, for a truth from the past awaits that threatens the foundation of the Temple. If they reveal that truth, they might once again release the potential of their people.
Yet they would also incur the Temple’s wrath as it is written: “If there comes among you a prophet saying, ‘Let us return to the darkness,’ you shall stone him, because he has sought to thrust you away from the Light.”
What I thought:
I really enjoy YA dystopian, so I felt that The Seekers series would be right up my alley.
Orah, Thomas and Nathaniel are three friends in the dystopian world of Little Pond. They have always wondered if what they have always been taught is actually right, and have even more reason to doubt when Thomas returns from his teaching a changed person. So when its Orah’s turn to go, Nathaniel sets out to save her and the three end up on an adventure none had prepared for or planned on.
I think the story did start a little slow, but the plot was interesting enough that it compelled me to keep going and I am glad that I did, because I really enjoyed the story as a whole.
The characters were well written and likeable. The story itself was well written, and actually deeper than I had originally thought it would be. Aside from starting a little slow, and being a little lengthy, overall I enjoyed this book. I give it 4 stars and recommend it to YA dystopian fans.
OH yeah……………its a clean book too 🙂
This second book in The Seekers dystopian series continues the story started in the critically-acclaimed The Children of Darkness.
Against all odds, Orah and Nathaniel have found the keep and revealed the truth about the darkness, initiating what they hoped would be a new age of enlightenment. But the people were more set in their ways than anticipated, and a faction of vicars whispered in their ears, urging a return to traditional ways.
Desperate to keep their movement alive, Orah and Nathaniel cross the ocean to seek the living descendants of the keepmasters’ kin. Those they find on the distant shore are both more and less advanced than expected.
The seekers become caught between the two sides, and face the challenge of bringing them together to make a better world. The prize: a chance to bring home miracles and a more promising future for their people. But if they fail this time, they risk not a stoning but losing themselves in the twilight of a never-ending dream.
What I thought:
Holy smokes. This is the second book in the series and I must say, it grabbed me a lot better than the first book. And I LIKED the first book. Dare I say I loved this one?? Yes.
Orah and Nathaniel have exposed the truth about the darkness and are now trying to keep people on their side.
The Stuff of Stars was full of excitement. As with the first book, it was beautifully written. I can’t get over how imaginative the author was with both of these books. And again, he delivers well-written and developed characters. It is hard to really understand and like a story if you don’t relate to or like the characters, and he succeeded in both books.
I can’t wait to see how this series ends (although I will be sad for it to be over). I give The Stuff of Stars 4.5 stars and highly recommend.
About the Author:
The urge to write first struck at age sixteen when working on a newsletter at a youth encampment in the woods of northern Maine. It may have been the wild night when lightning flashed at sunset followed by the northern lights rippling after dark. Or maybe it was the newsletter’s editor, a girl with eyes the color of the ocean. But he was inspired to write about the blurry line between reality and the fantastic.
Using two fingers and lots of white-out, he religiously typed five pages a day throughout college and well into his twenties. Then life intervened. He paused to raise two sons and pursue a career, in the process — and without prior plan — becoming a well-known entrepreneur in the software industry, founding several successful companies. When he found time again to daydream, the urge to write returned.
David and his wife split their time between Cape Cod, Florida and anywhere else that catches their fancy. He no longer limits himself to five pages a day and is thankful every keystroke for the invention of the word processor.
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