Title: Becoming Darkness
Author: Lindsay Francis Brambles
Genre: YA Science Fiction/Paranormal/Dystopian (This one was hard to place)
Number of Pages: 496
Publication Date: October 1, 2015
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
I received a copy of this book through NetGalley.
Like everyone else living in Haven, seventeen-year-old Sophie Harkness is an Immune–a carrier of the genetic mutation that protects her from the virus Hitler unleashed upon the world more than half a century ago. A virus that wiped out most of humanity and turned two-hundred million people into vamps. But after her best friend is brutally murdered and several attempts are made on her own life, Sophie becomes determined to find answers to what seems to be a conspiracy running generations deep. And when she questions the peace treaty that keeps her small community protected, Sophie begins to discover terrible truths about herself and what it means to be human in a world ruled by darkness.
I have a confession about this book.. I committed a sin, and totally thought I wouldn’t like this one before I read it. I mean, Nazi vampires? Seriously? Needless to say, that came back to bite me in the ass, and I ended up loving it. Like, sobbing and flailing into the wee hours of the morning kind of love. My soul was entirely destroyed, and I REALLY need the next book in the series immediately.
Becoming Darkness is an alternate history novel that explores what would have happened if Hitler won World War II by releasing a virus that had one of two effects: death or vampirism. Our main character Sophie lives on an island called Haven, which is full of the small group of people who are Immunes and unable to catch this virus. Through a dramatic series of events, Sophie is thrust into a conspiracy that’s even bigger than she ever could have imagined. Nobody is safe, and I seriously mean nobody. The author is *not* afraid to kill off characters.
The main element that I want to address is the romance. I’ll be honest, it’s an ick ship. Like, there is no logical reason for me shipping the main couple as hard as I did, for a few different *spoilery* reasons. Just trust me, it’s an extremely problematic ick ship. It reminds me of The Wrath and the Dawn because you *know* that this couple really shouldn’t be together, but you just can’t stop rooting for them. BUT I JUST COULDN’T STOP LOVING THEM TOGETHER. I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT HAPPENED TO ME.
Becoming Darkness has something for everyone, in my opinion. Not only is there romance, but there’s action. Crazy, insane, high speed action. There are parts of this book that read like a crime novel, or even a James Bond type spy story. On top of that, we have vampires, for those of you who love paranormal elements like myself.
Although I totally misjudged it in the beginning, I ended up loving Becoming Darkness. Five out of five stars.