Sherry – Amazon.Com
The book had a good pace to it. It started out with action, and I was mostly engaged throughout the book. When reading the book, I appreciated all types of energy since the book had an interesting take on it.
I didn’t connect with some of characters, but when they were changed, I felt bad for them since their communication was impaired and they were trying. I felt that John’s flashbacks about Carol Anne were too many. I was more interested in Jackie especially after she said a particular comment before John left.
The ending had a weird factor I liked. I would have liked to know more about the responsible party of the phenomenon, but I guess that could be in next series if there is one.
Overall, the book was interesting and kept me engaged most of the time. I would have like more character development so I could connect with all the characters.
Robin – GoodReads
Blacker, by Richard Fairbairn, is a nightmarish novel about seeing the degradation of loved ones, all the while trying to survive an unknown threat humanity has no idea how to fight against.
John MacGregor is a blinded veteran who had previously survived hell, and is now living his life quietly. A friend of his comes parading back into his life, with a proposal to do an experiment for blind people, one that provides generously for its participants. Initially, MacGregor is skeptical about the entire affair, seeing as how Fraser had trouble keeping past promises before. Then, one night, he is kidnapped by a military personnel in order to investigate an energy dampening in Scotland, to which he goes along with, humorously enough. However, little did he know, both he and his newfound comrades were being dropped into a horrific world filled with corpses and darkness. It’s a race against time as MacGregor tries to exterminate this threat before more people lose their lives.
What I enjoyed most about this book was MacGregor and Hunter’s budding relationship. From past lovers to humorous banter, the two acted like best friends and lovers throughout the book, despite not knowing each other very well. Coupled with the somewhat entertaining soldiers surrounding them, it shows just how much of the outside world MacGregor left behind. To have people, even complete strangers, remind yourself of who you are, as well as the struggles you’ve been through, was engrossing to say the least.
Which, of course, was why it was so hard for me to let them go. In every end-of-the-world scenario, you can’t get overly sentimental, otherwise you could end up dying the next day. So it impressed me with how efficient MacGregor continued on. Perhaps it was because of his own experiences, or maybe it’s because they kidnapped him in the middle of the night, but either way it’s impressive.
Still, the book isn’t without its flaws. I was confused at the pronouns to address either MacGregor or Hunter. I also would like to see more detail, since an apocalyptic setting would be wonderful to read about.
Overall, I would give this book a rating of a 3.8 out of 5 stars. The characters’ interactions were well-developed and showed a more human side to the protagonist. Saying goodbye to his kidnappers was even harder, truth be told. Although the pronouns were a bit confusing, nevertheless it was an enjoyable read. I would recommend this book to those who enjoy World War Z, and the Angel Fall series.