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After Darkness by J.F. Johns

Genre: YA Sci-fi/Dystopian


 Year 2160

RULE #.1

Humans AND Cyborgs are prohibited from communicating in any shape or
form with each other.

RULE #.2

Curfew is from 12 p.m until 7.30 a.m
Applicable to ALL citizens, humans AND cyborgs.

RULE #.3

All propaganda against the government, written or verbal is a crime.

RULE #.4

All the above laws if broken are punishable by death.


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My Review
Rating ⭐⭐⭐⭐
After Darkness is the sequel to J.F. Johns's Eternal Darkness Trilogy, and while it can be read separately from the first series, I feel like it would be better to start with that one, for a better understanding of some of the characters and situations that unfold in this new story. Nonetheless, After Darkness was captivating. The action was fast-paced and the protagonists interesting enough to keep me invested until the end.

The plot is set in a dystopian world where humans and cyborgs cohabitate but not without strict rules being enforced. Interaction between them is prohibited unless the government gives approval. Here enters Terra, a deeply troubled girl, whose anger and volatile temperament seem to always get her into trouble. She keeps having nightmares about a boy with silver eyes, who she needs to save but can never get to him in time. Terra is obsessed with these nightmares, she doesn't understand why she keeps having them, and when she discovers that the boy really exists and she meets him, her world is turned upside down. She needs answers and he might be the only one who can help her.

I liked the world-building and the backstory of how the Nation came to be. The depiction of the seven capitals gave major Hunger Games vibes, but there are sufficient elements to make it a unique story. The romance between Terra and Kalum was sweet and heartwarming. I loved his protective nature. He kept walls around his heart but Terra managed to tare them down one by one with her effervescent personality. She was a strong-headed heroine, a badass who never backed down from a fight and although she made some poor decisions her heart was always in the right place. I could understand her behavior, she lost her mother in a tragic event and her father was not very present in her life because of his job, so she used sarcasm and underground fights as a defense mechanism. Also, the secondary characters were fascinating. Scarlett and Camille were kickass and Eric and Malcolm so swoon-worthy.

The writing style was easy to follow, with some repetitions that could have been avoided, but overall very enjoyable. This book ended in a cliffhanger and I'm looking forward to reading the next installments in the series.

About the Author
J.F.Johns is 25 years old and was born and raised in Spain. She studied English Literature and Creative Writing at ARU in Cambridge, UK.
She's an animal lover, and spends her free time playing with her adopted dog, drinking too much coffee and posting book photos on her Instagram.
She believes in the art of dramatic sighing and eye rolling. She works as a ninja, but has been told several times that she's not very good at her job.
Eternal Darkness is her debut novel, and is the first book in the Eternal Darkness Trilogy.

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