THE CHILDREN OF DARKNESS
Author: David Litwacku
Type of Book: First Edition Softcover
Length: 294 pages
Genre: Dystopian Fiction
Publisher: Evolved Publishing
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
* I received a copy of this book through the Goodreads First Reads program.
This Dystopian fiction novel will captivate both Young Adult and Adult readers alike. David Litwack uses the story to examine how a theocracy works and how, over time, knowledge can be lost. He also examines the question of whether it is better to have free thought or whether safety and security is worth the loss of personal freedoms. This book will stay with the reader long after reading the final page.
This is the first book in “The Seekers” series. The second book, “The Stuff of Stars” is due for release in November 2015. I hate that I have to wait a few more months to read it, but I am glad it is set to be released soon.
This is a dystopian fiction epic set a thousand years in the future. Society is completely devoid of technology. Even simple things like maps have been banned and few people even know what the term means. The populace has returned to a simpler way of life. They refer to the time before as “The Darkness.”
Everyone lives by the rules of “The Temple of Light.” The belief is that the Vicars and The Temple keep the Darkness from returning by using “temple magic.”
What is the truth? Well, you’ll need to read THE CHILDREN OF DARKNESS to find out.
Orah, Nathaniel and Thomas have all been friends since childhood. All three live in the tiny community of Little Pond.
When Orah is sent to Temple City to receive a “teaching”, Nathaniel decides to follow her and to attempt to save her from the horrors inflicted on those who receive “teachings.”
Placed in a prison cell while awaiting the Vicar’s decision as to what fate will befall both Orah and Nathaniel, a secret is revealed to Nathaniel. A secret so explosive that it has the potential to change the world forevermore.
Author David Litwack has created a world that is not only amazingly vivid, but is also written with stunning detail.
He has created an entirely new religion and has shown through his fiction that human beings possess the capacity for both great good and great evil.
The long ago past of this story sounds alarmingly like the reality of our current reality. He writes about wars being fought and atrocities committed in the name of religion. This brings to mind the current situation in the Middle East. There are many other similarities to modern times, but I will leave it to future readers to discover exactly what these are for themselves.
THE CHILDREN OF DARKNESS may be a fictional tale, but it is also clearly a warning. It does not preach to the reader, in fact it allows the reader to experience each discovery at the same time as Orah, Nathaniel and Thomas.
“The Children of Darkness” is the first book in “The Seekers” series as I mentioned earlier in this review. This book could have been spread out to become two separate parts of the series, but I liked the fact that the author chose to include so much of the series into a single volume. This book is allowed to come to a proper stopping place. It still leaves the reader wanting to read the next book right away, but the reader does not feel like the story ends abruptly.
I rate this book as 5 out of 5 stars and am very much looking forward to reading Book Two in “The Seekers” series.
“… ideas combined with courage can change the world.”
“Which is the greater illusion – a life of contentment and peace, or the dream of a better world?”