Book Review, Fiction

ARC Review: The Never Dawn

The Never Dawn Book Cover The Never Dawn
The Never Dawn #1
R.E. Palmer
Science Fiction, Dystopian, YA
FrontRunner Publications
August 5th 2016
Review Copy send by the author.


"All his young life, Noah has longed to see the sky he's only heard about in stories. For over one hundred years, Noah's people have toiled deep beneath the Earth preparing for The New Dawn – the historic day when they will emerge to reclaim the land stolen by a ruthless enemy.

But when Rebekah, the girl of his forbidden desire, discovers a secret their leader has been so desperate to keep, Noah suspects something is wrong. Together, they escape and begin the long climb to the surface. But nothing could prepare them for what awaits outside. " - Goodreads

There is one question that pulls you through the story at all time. What’s really going on?
Its morbid curiosity that made me watch these poor soul’s cruel brainwashed existence. To see their constant strain between self-preservation and loyalty.
We follow Noah through his daily routine in the Ark. All of the characters are named after Bible names. This lends a whole extra level of questions about being subversive or following leaders blindly. (Or that’s how I’ve interpreted it. There is a lot of room for debate.)
They live in an underground dome in which humanity is protected by a person known only as Mother. It’s so sinister, but none of the characters notice that. Well not at first. Slowly we see things unravel for Noah as he learns to ask questions.
Noah is such a pure child-like character. At times his naivety can be annoying, but it’s completely in keeping with his environment and upbringing and can’t really be held against him.
It reminded me of the eerie vibe you get from Snowpiercer and Animal Farm.
The writer has this way of changing the story with a little sentence. You are given small pieces of the puzzle one at a time and putting them together is half the fun.
The book is never so dark or disturbing that it left me uncomfortable. Even when dealing with sensitive subjects, making it appropriate for younger readers as well.
Near the end I did get a little frustrated with answers not coming fast enough, but it has an ending that leaves you sitting up. (Note that it is book one.)


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