Friday, April 28, 2017
Away from the Dark by Aleatha Romig
Nine months ago, Sara Adams awoke with no memory. The man holding her hand told her she’s a member of The Light, a tight-knit religious group led by the terrifying and charismatic Father Gabriel. As a woman in the community of The Light, her duty is to be unquestionably obedient and to submit to the will of her husband.
But as Sara’s memory starts to return and she remembers her past, she sees that everything she’s been told is a lie. The Light is an insidious and dangerous organization, and its corrupting influence reaches well beyond the confines of the remote campus where Sara is being held.
With everything at stake, Sara struggles to sort out her true memories from her indoctrination. The desire to escape consumes her, but who can she trust? And which other followers of The Light were forced into this life, brainwashed to believe they belonged? The more she remembers, the more it becomes clear that Jacob, the man who calls himself her husband, is keeping shattering secrets of his own.
But Sara cannot flee alone, leaving innocents behind. She must fight to extinguish The Light.
(Synopsis from Goodreads).
Away from the Dark was one of my most anticipated books of 2016. I read the first book, Into the Light, earlier in the year and it left off on a crazy cliffhanger. The wait for Away from the Dark was grueling, but I made it through. It was well worth the wait. The book was everything I wanted in a sequel, and more.
Away from the Dark gave me all the answers I was looking for from the questions I had after reading Into the Light, but it also left me with completely new questions that I now need answered. The book was everything that usually makes Aleatha Romig's books great reads. It had a lot of suspense, combined with dark romance. While reading the book, I felt like I couldn't trust any of the characters. I wasn't even sure that the main characters were telling the truth ninety percent of the time. Just when the reader would think they knew what was going on, Aleatha Romig would throw another plot twist out there that makes you question everything you thought you knew.
I loved the characters even more in this sequel. They were the same characters, but they went through a lot of character development and growth. Sara went from being this meek little woman that did whatever her husband ordered her to, to a kickass heroine that didn't take any shit from anyone. She really grew into her own. I think part of that was her situation (trying to be vague so I don't give spoilers), but it was still refreshing to see.
I'm not sure if Aleatha Romig is going to write a sequel. She left the ending open to where the main character's major conflicts are resolved, but there's still some minor questions that need answered. I really hope that she does write a sequel. I desperately want more of this world in the future.
I give Away from the Dark: 5/5.
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I received this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.