Sia has 15 days to live. 15 days til the cyborgs come and destroy her sector because they're not deemed worthy of living. And there are things that she wants to do before she dies; climb the hill, swim in the lake and kiss a boy. She didn't think any of them will happen until she meets Mace, who gets her involved in the resistance...people that are determined to fight the cyborgs, knowing that they did something even if they end up dead. But finding out who the leader of the rebellion is has a bigger effect on Sia than even she realises and she changes her plan from fighting to surviving.
Wow that was a heart pumper. The countdown and the focus on the time left actually built the tension in the book and I couldn't help but feel the race to the end. And though I, somewhat obviously, had hope for the characters, there were some points when I just didn't see how that would be possible.
One thing you need to know is that the author is not scared to kill off characters, though I'm not actually sure it would be possible to write a book like Dark Days without doing so. There were also some quite violent moments, particularly when the cyborgs attack (I don't even feel that that is a spoiler because it was obvious all the way through).
The dystopia was interesting to say the least, there seemed to be a fair bit of freedom within the sector, though the characters were trapped there and were told that they were going to die in 15 days, which does ultimately seem to be a bit dystopic.
There were also a lot of twists and turns in the story that I definitely didn't see coming, to name a few (cryptically) the identity of the leader of the revolution, and Sia's little trip being two of them! Dark Days is definitely worth a read, it'll keep you on the edge of your seat constantly!
by Kate Ormand
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Release Date: June 3rd 2014
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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.
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KATE ORMAND is a YA writer represented by Isabel Atherton at Creative Authors Ltd. She lives in the UK with her family, her partner, and a cocker spaniel called Freddie. She recently graduated from university with a first class BA (Hons) degree in Fine Art Painting. It was during this course that Kate discovered her love of reading YA books, prompting her to try a new creative angle and experiment with writing. Kate is also a member of an online group of published writers and illustrators called Author Allsorts. And she writes children’s picture books under the name Kate Louise.
You can see more about Kate and her writing by visiting her website (www.kateormand.wordpress.com) or on Twitter (@kateormand).
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