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Series: Last Light Falling
Author: J. E. Plemons
Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing
Publication Date: 08/05/2015
Synopsis from Goodreads: Arena has left the nation’s administration with a dead president and a weakened military, and while the tragic memories continue to scar her, the government struggles to regroup without its leader. For the people who still remain in hiding, it’s evident the country is all but lost, and with Russian operatives taking over, the nation’s hope of recovering is grim.
After months in hiding, Arena and her brother, Gabriel, fight to survive the aftermath while they trudge through unkindly terrain across the country to rejoin their friends, but what they soon discover may staunch their journey. The government’s failed attempt to rebirth a broken nation has caused civil unrest like no other.
After reuniting with their friends, Arena’s decision to stay changes when she discovers the secrets of a refugee camp behind a clandestine group of rebels, known as the Southern Resistance. With an opportunity to escape to a permanent safe haven, Arena risks her life to lead the new fellowship. But the darkest days are upon them, and with a new war brewing, Arena’s path will take a dark turn as her survival is in jeopardy.
Into The Darkness captures the cruel truth behind our darkest secrets which may often cause us to question our faith. In this graphic second installment of the LAST LIGHT FALLING series, J.E. Plemons continues the grim story of Arena Power’s fate, testing her faith while she and her brother search for an answer to their survival in a brooding world filled with chaos.
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It was a dark and stormy night… perfect for me to curl up with a good book. Which is precisely what I did with Last Light Falling: Into the Darkness. J.E. Plemons did it again – and this time he did it even better than the first time.
We’re back in the dystopian end-times world in which Arena and Gabe Power are forced to live. Arena is still holding fast to her covenant to bring the wrath of God to the world, but after losing so many she loves and adding new people to love and fear for, things have drastically changed.
I love Arena’s character even more in this second installment of the Last Light Falling series because it shows she truly is human. She cares too much and she lets that show in the countless times she is reduced to tears of grief. She also lets herself be consumed by her anger and her hatred of the enemy – the fallen government of the US and the intruding governments of other countries.
Into the Darkness was a wild ride from start to finish with plenty of battle scenes to keep you busy. While I’ve seen a few reviews that have said there were too many battle scenes, I don’t think there were. I think the number of battle scenes was just right. It kept the book moving along and kept the action going. I do agree that not all battle scenes needed to end with most or all of the enemies dead, but it also fits with the storyline to do so.
Again, you’ll want your tissue box because there are some sad points in the book that will make you want to cry. And get ready for your socks to be knocked off, because the ending to this book will shock the hell out of you!
Fans of The Hunger Games and Divergent will like this series.
I received a copy of this book free from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.