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.
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. – Goodreads.com
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.