Review: Pitch Dark – Courtney Alameda

Hey, I wasn’t kidding when I said I was reading a lot of science-fiction novels lately.

Today’s review is on Pitch Dark, and if that name sounds familiar to those who frequent my posts it is because I featured it on my ‘Book Releases To Look Forward To: February 2018‘ edition.

Did Pitch Dark live up to my expectation? Keep on reading to find out my thoughts and opinions.

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27414411Pitch Dark by Courtney Alameda

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends (February 20, 2018)

Print Length: 384 pages

Tuck has been in stasis on the USS John Muir, a ship that houses Earth’s most valued artifacts—its natural resources. Parks and mountains are preserved in space. 

Laura belongs to a shipraiding family, who are funded by a group used to getting what they want. And they want what’s on the Muir. 

Tuck and Laura didn’t bargain on working together, or battling mutant aliens who use sound to kill. But their plan is the only hope for their crews, their families, and themselves. 

In space, nobody can hear you scream . . . but on the John Muir, the screams are the last thing you’ll hear.

The Review

Pitch Dark was a perfect blend between non-stop action and heart pounding horror that left me screaming on the inside long after the book was finished.

Pitch Dark follows the perspectives of Tuck, a teenager who has been woken up from stasis, 400 years late, on board the USS John Muir, and Laura, a teenage hacker aboard the Conquistador trying to find a way to save her crew, family, and the human race.

I absolutely loved the world Alameda created in Pitch Dark. The once-human alien species literally gave me nightmares. I think the reason they were so terrifying to me is because the Mourners, Weepers, and Griefers are able to track and kill based on sound. While I enjoy the quieter aspects of life, I think being forced to be quiet would drive me crazy. I also rather enjoyed the reasoning for the Conquistador’s journey. I originally thought the crew were originally going to resemble some type of space pirate, but they were actually curators of the human existence which I found rather interesting. Lastly, while some YA authors simply sprinkle representation in their novels, the Latin American culture is featured heavily through out the novel, just going to show how important it is in YA to represent everyone equally.

Now, lets talk about the characters for a second. I, like many other, fell in love with Tuck’s character. He delivered some of the best lines of the entire novel, and I loved how Alameda had him use pop-culture references at appropriate times throughout the plot. While I did find his romantic relationship with Laura to be a little insta-lovey, he was different from other male protagonists because he realized that Laura was able to do the things she had to on her own. And what can I say about Laura that hasn’t already been said. She was determined, intelligent, and strong. She does everything, not thinking of the consequences, because she appreciates the value of family. So much so that even though she didn’t know the crew of the USS John Muir for long she nevertheless took up their well-being as if she had known them forever. Armed with a quiver, a bow, the Declaration of Independence, and a space bike, Laura is a character that authors should try to emulate in the future.

I guess the only thing I can say about Pitch Dark is read it when you have enough time to devour the whole thing. It was such a quick read that I started and finished it all in one sitting. Oh, and as a forewarning, prepare yourself for a twist that will leave you picking your jaw up off the floor.

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 stars. 

Purchase Links

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Indigo

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And those are my thoughts on Pitch Dark by Courtney Alameda. Have any horror science fiction recommendations? Leave your recommendation below and help my TBR grow.



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