Becoming Darkness by Lindsay Francis Brambles

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 22095753upon 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.

Lindsay Brambles’ debut young adult novel is a story of an alternate universe: Hitler won the war, our modern technologies never evolved, and the Nazis’ terrifying reign still continues. This fast-paced novel will appeal to readers who guzzle up genre mashups and are looking for a fresh hybrid to sweep them away. –

With an alternate history where Hitler won the war and the Nazis ruled, this book had so much promise.  Unfortunately, it was a DNF for me and I was disappointed in the direction it took.

After reading 100 pages, I grew tired of Sophie, the MC, talking about ‘my vampire’, someone she ‘fell in love with’ completely based on his looks, knowing nothing about his character.   Through flashbacks (there were numerous flashbacks in this book), the reader sees how their relationship developed, but with such little information given about the vampire, his character felt flat, and their relationship never rang true for me.

Once Sophie’s best friend was murdered, I hoped the pace of the story would pick up and pull me in, but it didn’t happen.  I’ve seen some great reviews for this book, but it just wasn’t for me.  If a book hasn’t grabbed me in the first 100 pages, it’s time to move on.  I felt like I gave it a fair shot.

Becoming Darkness is scheduled for publication October 1, 2015.  This review is based on a digital ARC from the publisher through NetGalley.


2 thoughts on “Becoming Darkness by Lindsay Francis Brambles

  1. I’m sorry to read you didn’t like the book. As a writer, I’m always disappointed when I’ve failed a reader, but I live with the reality that one cannot satisfy everyone. We all have different tastes (fortunately), and that’s what makes the world interesting; it would be very boring if we all liked the same thing. With that said, I’d just like to thank you for at least giving the book a shot; perhaps at some future date (providing my writing career isn’t cut short by too many negative responses to Becoming Darkness 😉) I’ll write something that will better satisfy you as a reader.

    Sincerely and with warmest regards,

    Lindsay Brambles


    1. You’re absolutely right, Lindsay – differences make the world interesting and that’s something I’ve always taught my sons. Judging by the other reviews on Goodreads, mine is in the minority, and it looks like you have some very loyal fans already! Even though this one wasn’t for me, I’d definitely be interested in reading your future books – I thought the writing in Becoming Darkness was very descriptive and flowed well and the concept was fascinating. Thanks for taking the time to stop by my blog – I always feel honored when authors visit!


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