Book Review: In Darkness

Nick-Lake-In-DarknessWe’re a little late in getting this review to you–but late is better than never, right? In Darkness was our last selection of this year’s book group.  It’s a really unique book, and one we all really enjoyed.  This will be our last book review until August when we’ll be back with our first book for the new school year!

In Darkness
Written by Nick Lake
Published by Bloomsbury USA, 2012
ISBN: 978-1599907437
Age Level: 14 and up

Book Summary: (From Goodreads)

In darkness I count my blessings like Manman taught me. One: I am alive. Two: there is no two. In the aftermath of the Haitian earthquake a boy is trapped beneath the rubble of a ruined hospital: thirsty, terrified and alone. ‘Shorty’ is a child of the slums, a teenage boy who has seen enough violence to last a lifetime, and who has been inexorably drawn into the world of the gangsters who rule Site Soleil: men who dole out money with one hand and death with the other. But Shorty has a secret: a flame of revenge that blazes inside him and a burning wish to find the twin sister he lost five years ago. And he is marked. Marked in a way that links him with Toussaint L’Ouverture, the Haitian rebel who two-hundred years ago led the slave revolt and faced down Napoleon to force the French out of Haiti. As he grows weaker, Shorty relives the journey that took him to the hospital, a bullet wound in his arm. In his visions and memories he hopes to find the strength to survive, and perhaps then Toussaint can find a way to be free …

My Thoughts:

In Darkness isn’t an easy read. How could it be when it takes on the brutal past of a country born of the first slave revolution and the traumatic contemporary history of one of the world’s poorest countries? It’s a disturbing and serious read, but one which I think holds great value for both young adult and adult readers. Continue reading