Saturday, January 15, 2011

Darkness Becomes Her

Darkness Becomes Her
Author Kelly Keaton
Release Date:  February 22, 2011

Ari can’t help feeling lost and alone. With teal eyes and freakish silver hair that can’t be changed or destroyed, Ari has always stood out. And after growing up in foster care, she longs for some understanding of where she came from and who she is. Her search for answers uncovers just one message from her long dead mother: Run. Ari can sense that someone, or something, is getting closer than they should. But it’s impossible to protect herself when she doesn’t know what she’s running from or why she is being pursued.  She knows only one thing: she must return to her birthplace of New 2, the lush rebuilt city of New Orleans. Upon arriving, she discovers that New 2 is very...different. Here, Ari is seemingly normal. But every creature she encounters, no matter how deadly or horrifying, is afraid of her. Ari won’t stop until she knows why. But some truths are too haunting, too terrifying, to ever be revealed.

Review: An original blend of urban fantasy, Greek Mythology and natural occurring events--not to mention freaks, geeks and misfits. In Darkness Becomes Her, the area of New Orleans is changed by a massive hurricane. We know this really happened, but Keaton gives it a twist. Also, there is an ambiguity about whether the characters (and reader) are living an alternative outcome to a hurricane like Katrina, or is this a future New Orleans. Either makes for an interesting premise and discussion about whether this story a is 'what if' or a 'what's to come.' Does coming up with an answer really matter? I would say, no, because of the running cyclic themes and connections in the story. There is this time meshing of past, present and future, a kind of string that threads from tragic history into possible future dystopia. What rises from it will soon be revealed. Based on the ending, I'm hoping the plan is to make this a series because Ari has a battle to win and from my calculations, 3 years to do it.

* ARC provided by publisher Simon & Schuster  
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