Friday, October 30, 2015

[Blog Tour] Review : Into Darkness By Hayley Barrett + GIVEAWAY

Title: Into Darkness
Author: Hayley Barrett
Language: English
Genre: Dystopian - Young Adult
Series: Into Darkness #1
Publication Date: 17 August 2015

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Fifteen-year-old Alexandra Spencer’s life was not supposed to turn out this way. She was not supposed to go on trial for a crime she did not commit. She was not supposed to be found guilty. And she was not supposed to be sent to Elder Grey Detention Centre, a place of horrors many don’t survive.

She is however, supposed to be the daughter of the wealthiest, most influential man in the post-apocalyptic New Zealand city of New Phoenix.

But apparently, she isn’t.

Shell-shocked and struggling to understand why she is no longer a member of the city’s ruling family, Alexandra is torn from her privileged life by the churlish young guard, Will Metcalfe, and forced to trek for three weeks through deadly wilderness to her place of imprisonment. Her journey with Will is a constant battle for survival, where she is never sure who is the real enemy. It is also journey into the truth about the safe and lavish world from which she has been cast. Through Will, she learns of a mutant race called Drifters living in the wilderness who are being preyed upon by New Phoenix’s guards—Drifter’s blood being a life saving cure-all elixir for the city’s inhabitants.

As Alex struggles to cope with her new life in Elder Grey, an act of friendship ends in tragedy. When someone she thought was an enemy pulls her from her despair, Alex discovers that old friends cannot be trusted, prejudice is another word for fear, and trust, not blood ties, make a family.


Honestly, when I signed up for the tour I didn’t think it would be so good, when I started reading it, I was really surprised about how good it was. It is a quick paced read, well written, and the characters felt real and there was some development.

Alexandra, thank god was really a likeable character which is an important thing for me. She has some flaws but that's what makes her real. Her romance with Will was kind of light even though the romance was important.

A thing I didn’t like in the book is that I am not sure if this is a dystopian book or not, so they can do a genetic test but doesn’t have cars? it was a bit let down for me. Also, I expected Elder Grey to be a lot worse, so I was disappointed to see that it was just a normal prison, but maybe it was because Alexandra had a lot of people to help her.

I am really looking forward to the sequel when I finished the book I messaged the Author almost immediately to ask her about the sequel, so I recommend this book to sci-fi/fantasy book lovers.

The Author 

Author Links ( Official Website | GoodReads | Twitter  )

Hayley Barrett began writing in the aftermath of the devastating Christchurch earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 as a way of escaping from the ongoing terror of the natural disaster. Not totally happy with her efforts, in 2012 she commenced a novel writing course. Into Darkness, her first novel, is the result of the course and two years hard work.

Hayley lives in Rolleston, ten minutes south of Christchurch, New Zealand, with her husband and three children. When she isn’t driving her kids to their sports practices, games and other after school activities, she enjoys playing squash, relaxing in the sun and reading. Most days she wishes there were more hours available to spend writing.

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