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Darkness Follows by L. A. Weatherly
  

Darkness Follows

Part of the The Broken Trilogy Series
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October 2016 NewGen Book of the Month.

Absolutely thrilling! This is the second in the truly wonderful ‘Broken Trilogy’ and is just as captivating and if possible, even more gripping than the first. This world must be entered through Broken Sky, it may be the 1940’s, but it’s nearly two thousand years after The Cataclysm, war and atomic weapons are banned, yet one man is determined to take over the world. We are launched straight back into action, the prologue sees former Peacefighter Amity on trial for murder and sentenced to a prison camp, after President Gunnison’s Harmony regime steamrollered over the Central States. L.A. Weatherly sends you backwards and forwards in time, feeding information, building fear, never allowing you to settle. I felt alert and constantly aware, ready, waiting for the next adrenaline shot. Disbelief settled in an uncomfortable pit in my stomach as Amity battled to survive the Harmony 5 camp. Darkness Follows is full of clever, original, thought provoking writing, this is one addictive trilogy and I will be impatiently stalking the final instalment, Black Moon. ~ Liz Robinson

Reader Reviews

Teens love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read the first title in the Broken Trilogy, Broken Sky. You can read their full reviews here.

  • Jodi Coffman, age 14 - 'Broken Sky was one of the best books I have read in a long time.'
  • Humaira Kauser, age 17 - 'This book is one to look out for. Broken Sky is going to be one of the hottest YA books of 2016!'
  • Amelia Corrick-Gough, age 14 - 'This book was so good! The ideas behind this world were very creative, and I particularly liked the ideas of peacefighters, those who take to the skies to fight another plane, keeping the peace.'
  • Edel Waugh - 'This was an interesting world created around astrological signs and how the world is grouped depending on them. It was an interesting and enjoyable plot and Amity was an inspiring female lead character.'
  • Eloise Mae Clarkson, age 14 - 'This is a book I would definitely recommend to a friend. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would rate it five out of five stars.'
  • Izzy Read, age 15 - 'A decisive tale of the oncoming of war- ironically set in a “perfect” world, where war is illegal...' 

Synopsis

Darkness Follows by L. A. Weatherly

Welcome to Harmony 5: a secure prison camp where the rebellious and the Discordant are broken. Amity is their newest inmate. The rules are simple here: obedience or death. Anyone caught trying to escape is executed. But former Peacefighter, Ingo, is prepared to risk everything for freedom. And in a world this dark, what has Amity got to lose?

Reviews

“Written with Weatherly’s trademark style, suspense, creativity and energy, this is a gripping, fascinating thriller peopled with seductive characters caught up in extraordinary events and perilous times.” Lancashire Evening Post

“Broken Sky has that rarest of qualities - it feels utterly fresh and unique.” The Zoe-Trope

Praise for L. A. Weatherly

“Truly gripping.” Malorie Blackman

“Thrilling and romantic.” Ruth Warburton

“Will have you thrilled, scared and heartbroken.” Teri Terry

“Heart-stopping.” Mizz

“Wonderful, original.” The Sun

“Packed with suspense and drama.” The Daily Mail

About the Author

L. A. Weatherly

L. A Weatherly was born in Arkansas, and moved to the UK in 1995. Her first book, Child X, was shortlisted for the Sheffield, Leicester and Red House Book Awards and was also chosen by the American Library Association as one of their ‘Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers’. She lives in Hampshire.

L.A. Weatherly on writing Angel, the first in the trilogy:

I've known Alex for a long time. He first came to me as a character almost twenty years ago, when he was a thief in a fantasy setting – an expert with knives rather than guns. Nothing came of that particular novel, but Alex always stayed with me. He refused to go away, in fact! And over the years, I began to wonder about redoing his story completely, and placing him in a contemporary setting.

Willow came to me at the same time that Alex first did – her name was Jhia at that point – but she didn't feel fully formed until I started thinking about a contemporary storyline. Then her name changed to Willow, and I realised that not only was she psychic, but that she loved tinkering around with cars.

Once I had that, I had the rough premise of the story: suddenly I knew that Willow had psychically seen something that she shouldn't have, and Alex was a teenaged hit man. The two of them join forces instead, and fall in love.

I loved the feel of this, but that was as far as I got for several years. Though I kept writing snippets of the story (it nagged and nagged at me, really wanting to be told!), I knew that the premise as it stood wouldn't work. If Alex was a real-life hit man, then a happy ending wouldn't be very likely! And I like happy endings. I wanted this to be an action-packed, epic story, but also essentially a romance. So, the story stayed in the wardrobe of my mind for a long time – taken out occasionally to think about, but nothing more.

Then, in a bookstore about a year ago, I saw all of the books about angels that were out. Rather than focusing on the religious aspects of angels, these books seemed to be about something more: the idea of angels as very personal helpers to humans; friendly beings who you could call on for anything from helping you find a parking space to saving your life.

And as I looked at all the titles, I thought…what if angels weren't really what they seemed? What if we only thought they were kind, but in fact they had their own agenda? What if they were really beings to be feared, instead of admired?

With one of those almost-audible clicks that writers sometimes get, the two story ideas came together into a glorious whole.

Angel happened very quickly after that; it seemed to write itself. Writers aren't supposed to have favourites of their own books, but Angel is incredibly special to me – I've known and loved the characters for a very long time. I'm thrilled that Alex and Willow finally have their own story, and are going out into the world. It's been a long time coming!

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Publication date

1st October 2016

Author

L. A. Weatherly

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Publisher

Usborne Publishing Ltd

Format

Paperback
512 pages
Interest Age: From 14 years

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Adventure stories (Children's / Teenage)

ISBN

9781409572039

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