A Light in the Dark

A worldwide blackout... A city burning to the ground... The only option is for Gracie to flee, but she can't outrun the Voices of the dead. Hearing the Voices of the dead is something Gracie Charles has endured her entire life. When the power grid suddenly fails across the globe, she finds herself alone and facing a dark and dangerous journey through an unforgiving landscape, in hopes of finding sanctuary with friends who share her gift.

Critic Evaluation

Cover Design Score: 9

The powerful image on the cover reflects the danger and desperation faced by the main character.

Book Blurb Score: 8

Right on the money, though could be just a little tighter.

Formatting Score: 7

The word document is formatted so that alternate pages have a different indentation.

Grammar & Spelling Score: 10

The word document is formatted so that alternate pages have a different indentation.

Plot & Structure Score: 7

The exposition at the beginning is overly long but once the main story begins to unfold it is well-paced with enough ups to balances the downs. I particularly liked the last part of the book where we feel that our heroine is finally safe, then that feeling is completely turned upside down. The author is very skilled at creating frightening scenarios and difficult problems for the heroine to solve.

Character Development Score: 8

The heroine changes and grows through the situations she is faced with and the problems she must solve. There is a very creepy villain whose real identity is surprising yet believable thanks to some excellent foreshadowing in the early part of the story.

Originality Score: 8

This 'end of life' as we know it feels very original, possibly because of the use of supernatural elements on which the heroine must rely.

Pacing Score: 7

Once we get past the big information dump at the beginning the pace picks up. 

Use of Language Score: 7

There is some overuse of the words 'my rock' when the heroine describes her mother. Much of this description could have been edited.
The heroine's voice feels right, but her young friend Andy, who is only eight-years-old occasionally uses words that sound too old for him, e.g. describing a house as 'rustic'.

Overall Readability Score: 8

There were times when I couldn't put it down because I needed to know what was going to happen next and there were times when I had to put it down because I was scared out of my wits.

This book received a critic's score of 79 out of 100 possible points.

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Curator Evaluation

<p>A journey into a world where all technology is lost and with it, the moral code. It will have you questioning how long you could last if your world fell into darkness.&nbsp;</p>

This book was curated by shannontucker

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