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Eternal Darkness

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J. F. Johns did it for me with this book! This book is the first book of the series and it was phenomenal.

The book is about a girl that wake up in a facility with part of her memory loss. She is helped by cyborgs by trying to help her with her memory and keep her up to date about the New Government and the laws that affect the relationship of humans and cyborgs. Through out the story she had to make decisions of who to trust and find the reason why she lost her memory.

What I love about this book is that I couldn't put it down. I was so into the story that I was sad when I finish it. I love how I was able to read from different POV, how the story never got to a point that I was bored with the story, and the ending had me wanting the next book. I think a person who loves Sci-Fi will love this book.
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There's something about this book that rubs me the wrong way. I think it might have to do with some rather shallow characters, an irritatingly flirtatious boy, and dialogue that seems to be a carbon copy of sooooo many other books that there's little point in reading it again. The idea is a good one, I think, but it just isn't presented in a way that is palatable to me. 
I requested this book in order to read and review After Darkness, so I was greatly relieved when I read somewhere that the series doesn't necessarily need to be read 1-4 in order to be understood. I thought I would try to read a bit more, maybe get further into the book before giving up, but what's the point? I really don't like the writing. According to reviewers on Goodreads, if you liked the Lunar Chronicles, you won't like this. I adored them and I don't adore this. I'll still try After Darkness because maybe the writer grew and sharpened their skills.
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I'm new to this genre but thought I would give Eternal Darkness a go.  I think this is the first book that I read about a cyborg and it was interesting!

There is a cyborg world and a human world. The story started when Scarlet Lock ran away from the hospital and she met Sam, Curtis, Madeleine and Eric when she was running away. A cyborg was still a human. However, when human discovered this experiment, they saw cyborgs as freaks. Scarlet Lock was something else. She may be a government killing weapon. I definitely got vibes of Detroit: Becoming Human the PS4 Game which I loved, I think that's why I really enjoyed this.

The main character is Scarlet Lock. She’s was an okay character but sometimes I felt irritated when she became hard-headed. I liked Eric and Andrew. These two are my favourite characters. I liked most of the other characters and I feel that they played their parts well throughout the book. 

It was a bit slow-paced to start off with but I found it picked up a bit as I read more.

All in all, if dystopian and cyborgs are your thing, I think this is your book.
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Although the premise for the story was good, the writing was a little clumsy and over explanatory. It felt slightly like other books had been thrown together to make this one, rather than based off of an original idea.
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I really loved how the writing style followed third person POV because J F Johns was able to give feelings and thoughts to each character instead of just our main character, Scarlet. I really came to love some and heavily dislike some as well. Most of the characters were very well developed and all have a unique backstory, but there are a couple we didn't get much insight to. With what happened at the end, though, I feel that is coming in book two!
I really enjoyed the descriptive style as well. All descriptions were slowly given, like subtle things noticed about a person's face or a specific piece of scenery, because in reality, that is how we perceive as well. Spending more and more time with people and places, you still discover more things. It was also slowly revealing for characters and plot, so there was no info dumping which was SO appreciated. There was also no insta love, and gosh that is so refreshing
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I was really intrigued by this story, so was excited to start reading it. 

I thought the fictional world was really unique and interesting; the connection between humans and cyborgs was great to read about. I also thought the characters really developed over the course of the book, and I ended up having a strong emotional connection to them. 

However, it felt like too much of a slow burn for me. It took me a really long time to get into it fully, and by the time I did it was kind of too little, too late. I wish the story had pulled me in a lot sooner. I just felt the book lacked the level of depth that I really want in a fantasy/dystopian book like this, and the writing was a little simplistic for my taste.

I'm confident, however, that many others would enjoy the book more than me.
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Thank you to the publishers, author and NetGalley for the free copy of this book!

I originally read After Darkness and knew I would have to go back and read this series from the start! I really enjoyed the world that is built here, and learning the history behind the characters. Some dialogue felt a little too forced at times but that is my only complaint! I would absolutely say to give this book a try!
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Such an interesting concept! 

I wasn’t sure at first, it took me a while to get into the flow of the writing style as the story was being set up, but I am so glad that I stuck with it. 

Eternal Darkness is set way in the future, where humans have been experimenting with scientific upgrades. This story to me was like a mashup of Battlestar Galactica meets Dark Angel meets The Darkest Minds, and I really enjoyed the world building and the very human aspects of the cyborgs. I mean, they had more humanity than the actual humans in the book. 

I may check out the rest of the books in the series in the future and see how the story plays out. 

Thank you to J.F. Johns and NetGalley for an arc of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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I’ve really enjoyed this book. When I reached the end I couldn’t believe I was done reading, there HAD to be more. Now off to find the next book!
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This book was...interesting.  In a world where there are humans and cyborgs, Scarlet is a soldier who is created to kill.  With her memory wiped she is trying to figure out her past and the lost 20 years she has lost.  

While she isn't the smartest person/cyborg, she does try to do the right thing.  

Would I compare this book to the Lunar Chronicles?  Kind of.  There are still a lot of differences that make them different, but similarities that allow for people to draw a parallel line. 

I do recommend this book for anyone who would like to try something a little different.
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Thee description of this book caught my interest instantly and the book didn't disappoint. Definatly a must read.
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Eternal Darkness takes place in a world divided between humans and cyborgs. I was fascinated by the world that Johns created. It describes how the government first created cyborgs, how the development of cyborgs changed society, and how wars in the not-so-distant past affected the present. It also delves into the government’s manipulation of its citizens and how government officials secretly abused and manipulated the system for its own personal gain.

Though it is a work of science fiction, the real-life messages about prejudice, judgment, governmental control, and oppression are universal. The humans, who fear the exceptional capabilities of the cyborgs and blindly and ignorantly follow the dictates of society without question, treat them harshly and enforce regimented, restrictive, and unfair rules and regulations to oppress them.

Interestingly, the characters who are treated as sub-humans display more humanity than the humans. Most of the humans in this story are violent, deceitful, and dangerous, more dangerous than the cyborgs. The cyborgs show mercy, kindness, and empathy. This is the opposite of what one would expect, and I love that the author analyzes the effects of ignorance and fear on society.

The protagonist, Scarlet, is neither and spends much of the story trying to figure out what and who she really is. Scarlet can’t remember 20 years of her life, but brief flashbacks of memory help to put the puzzle pieces of her life back together. She is a wounded and conflicted person who doesn’t quite know where she fits in this new and unusual world that she doesn’t remember. Luckily, she has the help of some fantastic people to help her on her journey.

I love Scarlet’s journey to learn more about herself, and I adore some of the people she meets along the way, especially Sam and Eric. Sam has a father-figure vibe and has a kind and supportive nature that Scarlet desperately needs. Eric is a cocky bad-ass who uses his self-assured attitude to hide his pain. He is witty and sarcastic, and I absolutely love him. I’m eager to read the next book in the series to see how these relationships develop and change.

Eternal Darkness is a great story for readers who like SFF with well-developed characters and some nail-biting action. Thanks so much to Netgalley and the author for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.
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***Thank you to @netgalley and @jfjohns for the #freebook in exchange for an honest review***#eternaldarkness is written by J. F. Johns and is available on #amazon, #nook, and #kindle

Overview:The year is 2060 and the world is divided between cyborgs and humans. Humans are the dominant race and the New Government will do anything to keep it that way. 

Enter Scarlet Lock. She is neither human nor cyborg, but a governmental experiment designed to kill. With the help of a group of Cyborgs, Scarlet seeks to find the truth of her existence. 

Rating: 4/5 stars
Gene: YA, Dystopian
POV: Third Person
Theme: Action, Adventure, Futuristic, Fantasy

Review:The story starts as Scarlet wakes up in the government facility, unable to remember anything from the last 20 years. As she escapes, she is hit by a couple of Cyborgs as she runs through a street. They take her in and give her a place to live as she figures out who she is and what has been happening. Throughout this first installment, Scarlet makes many new friends and a potential love interest. There is a twist at the end that makes you want to read book 2. The writing makes it easy to read. 

Recommend: Yes, I am also buying book 2!
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I found this book easy to read and fast paced I would recommend it's to anyone who loves sci-fi. 
I received this book from Netgallery in exchange for a honest review.
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Scarlet is an awesome character who grew so much through the book. Sam and Eric were amazing too. This book reminded me of Cinder by Marissa Meyer and I really liked the comparison.
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2.5 Stars

This is a great story from a genre I normally don't read, but I was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed the content. It's a dystropic society where cyborgs and humans live side by side. It pulls on the emotions of what makes us human and the relationships that we have. I always enjoyed the characters and their interactions. 

I am struggling with my review because I can't figure out why I wasn't completely over the moon with this and I believe that the characters could have been a bit better developed. I loved them at the beginning of the book, but by the end, I didn't feel anything. Maybe it's just me....

I will read the second installment and hopefully it will reinvigorate my love for the characters.

A special thank you to NetGalley, Amazon Publishing, and J.F. Johns for providing me with a copy.
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Eternal Darkness is the genre which I don’t usually read. I think this is my first book that I read about cyborg and it was interesting. I liked the concept and idea!

The story was about the world in a few years later. There is cyborg world and a human world. The story started when Scarlet Lock ran away from the hospital and she met Sam, Curtis, Madeleine and Eric when she was running away. A cyborg was still a human. However, when human discovered this experiment, they saw cyborgs as freaks. Scarlet Lock was something else. She maybe a government killing weapon.

The plot was really good and interesting. Everything is amazing and makes sense. I liked the writing and the way it was written was wonderful. It was a bit slow paced in the beginning but it’s getting more interesting after a few pages.

The main character is Sacrlet Lock. She’s was an okay character but sometimes I felt irritated when she became hard-headed. I liked Eric and Andrew. These two are my favorite characters. Other characters were just fine and they have played their parts well. And they felt real to me.

I need the book 2 because the ending left me curious!

All in all, if you like story about cyborg and dystopian, I think this is your book.

Thank you NetGalley & J. F. Johns for sharing this book in return for an honest review.
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A sincere thank you to the publisher, author and Netgalley for providing me an ebook copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

This is not my usual genre, I’m more of a crime/thriller reader however this story intrigued me. I absolutely loved it, truly one of the best books I have read. I am extremely pleased and grateful to both for opening up my mind to something totally different.
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I’m honestly a little confused... I loved the book by itself but I’m trying to figure out where it stands with After Darkness.... the side characters were mostly unlikeable... the story was good but without any reference to where this story aligns with the other I’m kind of at a loss.
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I’ve wavered in my review. 

On one hand, I found this hard work. It took me nearly a third of the book to hit my stride. I couldn’t figure out the characters and I didn’t particularly like any of them. On the other hand, I recognise this is probably the result of the author writing something quite unique and new. As a SciFi, cyborg and fantasy addict, I’ve read hundreds of YA books in this genre and with similar themes. And “Eternal Darkness” didn’t follow all the usual tropes, which was refreshing.  

I’m glad I persevered. It raises interesting questions about humanity, the human condition, relationships and identity.
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