Original Title: Becoming Darkness
Year Published: October 1st 2015 (expected publication)
Published by: Switch Press (an arc was kindly provided via NetGalley)
Number of Pages: 485
First Sentence: “You can see them in the background of photographs and motion pictures from before the war.“
Goodreads Rating: 5/5
Like everyone else living in Haven, seventeen-year-old Sophie Harkness is an Immune–a carrier of the genetic mutation that protects her from the virus Hitler unleashed upon the world more than half a century ago. A virus that wiped out most of humanity and turned two-hundred million people into vamps. But after her best friend is brutally murdered and several attempts are made on her own life, Sophie becomes determined to find answers to what seems to be a conspiracy running generations deep. And when she questions the peace treaty that keeps her small community protected, Sophie begins to discover terrible truths about herself and what it means to be human in a world ruled by darkness.
This is a stunning debut by Lindsay Francis Brambles. I absolutely loved this book and was hooked from page one. The writing it fantastic and really manages to paint a realistic picture, the plot is fascinating and captivating. It might sound like it would be total crack and a parody of our history, but it is such an amazing idea and the element of the vampires remove some of the chilling thoughts one gets when thinking about what would have happened if Hitler would have won the war.
Sophie is a brilliant protagonist and very likable. It was so interesting to read about her own past and then follow along as she unravels her families past and the past of Haven. She is one of few people that believes that the vampires cannot be as evil as people think. Her relationship with the vampire ambassador in Haven, Valentine, is one of the reasons for why she believes that some of them must be good. She is not entirely wrong, something that she will learn through journeying through the enemy’s territory.
The writing is enchanting and so very smooth. Brambles painted a picture, no a masterpiece, by using words, something that can be very difficult for authors to do. I loved how the author chose to end the book, and I hope that either a sequel is planned or the author plans to write more books like this in the future.
Do I recommend it?
Yes, I really do. It is a very interesting story of ‘what if’ but with the added paranormal element it does not feel too horrifying.