In Darkness

In Darkness is a violent, challenging, dark novel that alternates chapters between the aftermath of the 2010 Haitian earthquake and the late 18th century slave rebellion led by Toussaint L’Ouverture.  The story is based on the history and truth of a country full of problems, corruption, and atrocities.  Shorty is a fifteen-year-old thug trapped beneath the rubble of a ruined hospital.  He slips in and out of consciousness, shares a psychic connection with L’Ouverture, and dreams of a better future.  Unflinching violence, zombies, infanticide, and strong language make this book not for the faint-hearted, although it is evocative and engrossing. mjw

Title: In Darkness
Author: Nick Lake
: Bloomsbury Books
: 2012
Original language
: English
Original title
: In Darkness
Original publisher
: Bloomsbury Publishing
Original copyright
: 2012
: 978-1-59990-743-7
Paperback pages
: 352
Age range
: 14 up
: Fiction
Book setting
: Haiti
Author’s ethnicity
: British
Author’s residence
: Great Britain
: 2013 Printz Winner
: Caribbean; Gangs; Haiti – earthquake; Haiti – history; North America; Revolution; Toussaint L’Ouverture, 1743-1803; Survival; Violence.

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