Becoming Darkness

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Becoming Darkness
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13+
Release Date
October 01, 2015
ISBN
978-1630790172
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Becoming Darkness is a dark, action-filled tale set in an alternate twenty-first century in which Hitler won World War II, our modern technologies never evolved, and the Nazis’ terrifying reign still continues. A genre mash up of alternate history, dystopian, mystery, romance and gothic fiction, this story of a young woman coming into her own in a world of secrets, betrayals and conspiracies will appeal to readers looking for a fresh hybrid to sweep them away. Like everyone else living in Haven, 17-year-old Sophie Harkness is an Immune in a world ruled by vampires. She is a carrier of the genetic mutation that protects her from the virus Hitler unleashed upon the world more than half a century ago. That virus wiped out most of humanity and turned 200 million people into vampires. 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.

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Wow! What if Vampires won WWII
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4.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Becoming Darkness takes a new spin on alternative history. In this reality, Nazis unleashed a powerful virus during the height of WWII. While the virus killed most of the human population it left behind 200 million newly turned vampires. One of those vampires? Hitler. The people who find themselves immune to the virus are mankind’s last survivors. I found this book intriguing and hard to put down. It reads like a well thought out movie. There are fast pace moments and times when things slow down so you can take in all the new information. It is hard to write down all the things that made this a great read without giving too much away.

But I can tell you what I love best - the strong female lead in Sophia. She is complicated. Sophia is different, but confident. She is intelligent yet naive to so many things going around her. At the same time she shows her insecurities and doesn’t always make the right decisions. She can be snarky and sensitive at the same time. All these things make her real and relatable in this highly fictional world.

Murder, corrupt governments, conspiracies, and a little romance make up this wonderful concoction Becoming Darkness. If you love twists and turns, good plot surprises and are intrigued by the concept of an alternative history where vampires exists and the Nazi’s won WWII – pick this book up!
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Unique look at fantasy and history
Strong female character
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