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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This is one of those books that take place in, say, fifteen days, but feel like they’re taking forever. DARK DAYS takes a lot of time to get into, even though events come and go pretty quickly. See, the thing about the pacing here is that it’s just not enough. With pacing like this, in the beginning this is how it ends up breaking down:
Things you get a pretty good feel for:
- Sia and her sob story
- Sia’s list of pathetic things she wants to do before she dies
Things you wish you knew more about but you don’t really get told about:
- Important information
- Why things are the way they are
- Characters other than Sia and Mace
I did like a lot about this book. I liked the premise and the cyborgs. I loved the action, the fighting and–overall–the ending. The thing is, the part of the plot that is talked about in the blurb really is not that much of the book, which was incredibly disappointing to me because I really wanted to see where Kate Ormand would go with this.
But the ending that I like is about 10% of the book. The majority of this book is centered around Sia’s bucket list item numero cuatro.
4. Kiss a boy and fall in love. It sounds so stupid, but I want to meet a boy. I want my first kiss, and I want to fall in love. But nobody can meet someone and fall in love in fifteen days, right?
Nothing is impossible with… (wait for it)…. INSTALOVE! Ta da! And the thing is, it’s not even believable instalove in a book, if such a thing exists. It’s about Sia and a boy named Mace. Made. Mace.
We just observed Sace. What a great couple. If only Sia could actually fight, or say–actually be useful in this whole rebellion business.
Now, once Mace comes into the picture, this becomes very Delirium-esque. I didn’t like Delirium. It just wasn’t for me. And Sace just wasn’t for me either. There’s so many things messed up about their relationship. For one thing, Mace meets Sia looking like some crazy guy right out of a dystopian novel and hands her a note telling her all the things about how she’s special and all that and SIA ACTUALLY GOES OUT TO MEET THIS GUY.
The plot is incredibly irrelevant here as well. I mean–Sia has fifteen days to defeat this robot army and die, and thinks careless things like going to a flower field and pretending the world is okay is a great way to spending her time.
Overall, I just couldn’t take this book. Thumbs up for the ending, but other than that the characters and the entire book, really, was full of holes.There were so many things I had questions about, or disliked, or didn’t agree with. I had high expectations for this book, and DARK DAYS fell short of almost all of them. 2 stars.
pg count for the hardback: 256
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