Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Dark Days by Kate Ormand

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Skyhorse Publishing and Edelweiss.
Dark Days
Blurb (From Goodreads):
The future world has been divided into sectors--each the same as the other. Surrounded by thick steel fences, there is no way in and no way out. Yet a cyborg army penetrates each sector, picking off its citizens one by one, until no one is left. Behind the sectors' thick walls, the citizens wait to die. Few will be chosen to survive what's coming; the rest will be left behind to suffer. A new world has been created, and its rulers are incredibly selective on who will become a citizen. They want only those with important roles in society to help create a more perfect future.

Sixteen-year-old Sia lives in one of the sectors as part of a family that is far too ordinary to be picked to live. According to the digital clock that towers high above her sector, she has only fifteen days to live. Sia has seen the reports and knows a horrific death is in store for her, but she is determined to make the most of her final days. Sia refuses to mourn her short life, instead promising herself that she'll stay strong, despite being suffocated by her depressed mother and her frightened best friend. Just when Sia feels more alone than ever, she meets Mace, a mysterious boy. There is something that draws Sia to him, despite his dangerousness, and together, they join a group of rebels and embark on an epic journey to destroy the new world and its machines, and to put an end to the slaughter of innocent people.

Dark Days by Kate Ormand

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Dark Days(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Skyhorse Publishing and Edelweiss.)

16-yar-old Sia lives in a dystopian society where groups of people are housed in sectors surrounded by large metal fences. Sia has never been outside the fences, and she never will, because in 15 days everyone in her sector will be killed by cyborgs in an effort to cleanse the population of useless people.

Can Sia find a way to save everyone? Or will the cyborgs kill them all as planned?

This was an okay story, but I lost interest.

Sia was an okay character, but she did make some poor decisions at times. In fact every character in this book made poor decisions, so she fit in well really. How Lily thought that she could hide from the cyborgs was beyond me, and even if she did survive, where was she planning on getting food and water from? Sia’s mother wanting to commit suicide was pretty selfish – did she want her daughter to spend her last days mourning for her? And Sia thinking that she could bluff her way into the new world – very unlikely to work.

The storyline in this was a little poor in places. Why the heck these people thought that they could beat off cyborgs who had already killed millions of people, with nothing more dangerous than a baseball bat and a hammer was quite beyond me. 20 humans with baseball bats and hammers, against an army of cyborgs hell-bent on wiping them from the face of the earth, does not sound like good odds to me, and the way they talked about their ‘plans’ just seemed like false hope.

There was a bit of romance, but it was pretty predictable to be honest, and didn’t exactly sweep me off my feet.

There was a bit of action at the end, but again, the whole thing seemed pretty unlikely.

Overall; an okay story, but the characters seemed a bit dumb.

6 out of 10.

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