If you read my review on Broken Sky – the first book in this series – you will know how much I absolutely loved it. Darkness Follows wasn’t as good. That’s not to say that the book was bad, it didn’t suffer from the ‘middle book syndrome’ but it definitely wasn’t as good as it’s counterpart.
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?
The one thing that I didn’t like about this book was the fragmented storyline. The story just kept going back and forth and there were times where I couldn’t keep up. I feel like Darkness Follows should have picked up from where Broken Sky finished as we were left on such a cliffhanger, we needed answers straight away.
But, as much as I think that the second book should have started straight after the first, I do think the way in which Weatherly did tell the story was interesting and captivating. Through the fragmentation of the storyline, we got to see the present and past tense. We were given our answers about that Broken Sky ending and we were given a – sort of – resolution.
The one thing that stayed the same for me throughout Darkness Follows was my hate for a certain character. I just hated him. Even if he did something good, I didn’t like him. Every time someone mentioned his name, I shook my head in disgust and forced myself to carry on reading. I don’t hate him because he’s a rubbish character – because he isn’t, he’s wonderfully written – I hate him because Weatherly has written his character so well that he just seems real. Therefore, my hate for him is real. WOW. So much hate in one paragraph.
“My mother and I hadn’t always gotten along, but I never doubted for a second how much she loved me.”
– L.A Weatherly, Darkness Follows
Ingo and Amity’s friendship is rekindled in this book and I have to say… I love them. I love their friendship so much. They are always looking out for each other and making sure that the other is safe and they also make pacts to help themselves get through the tough times. How can people not love Ingo? Seriously, he is my new book boyfriend. I just adore him.
We also get to read from Mac’s perspective which I thought was very interesting as Mac is inside Gunnison’s regime. We got to see from the inside what was going on with the Zodiac and we also got to see a completely different side to Mac that I never would have guessed.
Darkness Follows may not be as good as Broken Sky, but it’s full of action, friendship, revenge, and Amity just being brilliant. L.A Weatherly continues to impress with her writing and I simply cannot wait til Spring to read the final installment in the trilogy: Black Moon.