Pitch Dark

Pitch Dark

Set against a future of marauding space scavengers and deadly aliens who kill with sound, here is a frightening, fast-paced YA adventure from the author of the acclaimed horror novel, Shutter.Tuck has been in stasis on the USS John Muir, a ship that houses Earth’s most valued artifacts—its natural resources. Parks and mountains are preserved in space. Laura belongs to a sh...

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Title:Pitch Dark
Author:Courtney Alameda
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Edition Language:English

Pitch Dark Reviews

  • Dee

    I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

    Wow. I loved this book. I’ve never been the type to pick up a thriller/horror book, but I couldn’t put this book down. Alameda weaves an interesting tale of both Laura and Tuck, two teens in space. Without getting too much into detail, I loved these characters.

    Laura’s a tough as nails Latina. She’s quick and smart and doesn’t stay down. She’s from a family of educated and hardworking people and proud of her Hispanic heritage. Tha

    I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

    Wow. I loved this book. I’ve never been the type to pick up a thriller/horror book, but I couldn’t put this book down. Alameda weaves an interesting tale of both Laura and Tuck, two teens in space. Without getting too much into detail, I loved these characters.

    Laura’s a tough as nails Latina. She’s quick and smart and doesn’t stay down. She’s from a family of educated and hardworking people and proud of her Hispanic heritage. Thank you Ms. Alameda for writing a strong, independent Latina main character. Lord knows we need more Laura’s in the world.

    Tuck is sharp and witty. I laughed out loud of Tuck’s movie and pop-culture references. He’s imperfect and struggling, and I love that he’s neither the YA savior trope nor the wounded puppy dog either. He’s smart, he’s human, and he’s still learning.

    I loved the story line and the flow of the narrative. My only complaint is that it ended so soon.

    I hope to find another book about Tuck and Laura somewhere down the line :)

  • Kathy Martin

    PITCH DARK was an action-packed science fiction adventure.

    Tuck wakes up from stasis to find that almost 400 years have passed since he entered stasis. He also learns that most of the people who traveled on the John Muir with him did not come out of stasis including his mother. He also learns that some of those who came out of stasis mutated into monsters who kill with sound, although the teeth, tentacles, and claws are formidable enough. Tuck and the survivors are stranded in a ship with no way

    PITCH DARK was an action-packed science fiction adventure.

    Tuck wakes up from stasis to find that almost 400 years have passed since he entered stasis. He also learns that most of the people who traveled on the John Muir with him did not come out of stasis including his mother. He also learns that some of those who came out of stasis mutated into monsters who kill with sound, although the teeth, tentacles, and claws are formidable enough. Tuck and the survivors are stranded in a ship with no way to communicate with anyone outside. The ship is failing and the monsters are multiplying.

    Tuck has almost given up hope and is determined not to get close to anyone on the ship since he has lost so many. He also feels that he must be a disappointment to his mother who was the architect of the class of ships Tuck wakes up on.

    Laura Cruz is a traveler on the Conquistador, her family's ship. She is an apprentice archaeologist. The ship's mission is to search for ships like the John Muir which might hold the key to humanity's survival. Humanity is is danger of extinction in part because of the way humans misused the Earth but also because Eco-terrorists are pushing humanity toward extinction because they don't think humanity deserves to continue. They hope to find Earth soil with its various enzymes and microbes to save the soil from their colonies which are worn out.

    Laura has secretly had a subjugator implanted in her which makes it so that she has to follow the commands of the members of the Smithsons, the rival family that implanted it. One of the family is her former boyfriend. The subjugator also prevents her from telling anyone about it. She is a great computer hacker and decides to see if she can hack into her mother's captain's chair to override the subjugator. While she is busy hacking, another hacker takes over the ship and crashes it into Tuck's ship leaving Laura with the blame. It also leaves Laura separated from her family and forced to travel through the John Muir to reunite with her family.

    Laura and Tuck meet up in the dark and most dangerous part of the John Muir because Tuck needs to get to a spot to reboot the computers and get power back to his ship. Together the two face all sorts of the monsters on their journey.

    Once the power is back, they have to deal with the problems caused by the Pitch Black terrorists and the Smithsons who wants to bring down the Cruz family. Luckily, Laura has been contacted by a secret presence who can save the day if only she can get to the Bridge which happens to be the area most infested with the mutated monsters. Of course, neither the terrorists or the Smithsons want her to succeed.

    I thought the world building was great. The ships were fascinating as was the political situation. The characters were well developed and interesting people. I recommend this one to anyone who likes science fiction.

  • Ms. Yingling

    E ARC From Edelweiss Plus

    More of a YA book. A bit of the gruesome side, but also very fast paced. I've read a couple of others recently about space crews in and out of stasis, so may pass on purchasing for now. Definitely investigate for high school collections.

  • Mandy

    *I won this in a Goodreads giveaway! Thanks so much for the publisher for sending me over a copy! I super appreciate it, but it did not change my thoughts on the book!*

    This book started out super promising, and then it kind of fell apart for me.

    I was totally drawn into this story by the fact that there was 1) aliens 2) horror 3)AlIeNs 4) a Latina MC (and the culture that is woven throughout the story) 5) ALIENS ALIENS ALIENS. While aliens aren't my number one love, they are totally up there. I

    *I won this in a Goodreads giveaway! Thanks so much for the publisher for sending me over a copy! I super appreciate it, but it did not change my thoughts on the book!*

    This book started out super promising, and then it kind of fell apart for me.

    I was totally drawn into this story by the fact that there was 1) aliens 2) horror 3)AlIeNs 4) a Latina MC (and the culture that is woven throughout the story) 5) ALIENS ALIENS ALIENS. While aliens aren't my number one love, they are totally up there. I mean, I don't binge watch The X-Files constantly for nothing. When I saw there was aliens without sound, I was like this sounds like a PG-13 episode of Doctor Who, so beam me up, Fierce Reads.

    It started off really strong. I found the characters intriguing, I loved how much of the culture Alameda put in, pretty good writing, and the storyline was interesting. After a while, though, it just kind of...well, I got more confused, I found that I was super surface level with most of the characters, and while the relationship wasn't instalove, it was, well, something that I super wasn't into since they had a lot of super in-depth feelings for each other after a few hours.

    The characters were okay enough. At times, I really enjoyed both Tuck and Laura. Laura was a strong independent heroine who would definitely be a good role model for young girls. Tuck had some hilarious lines, and I did love how much he slid some great pop culture references in there. However, a lot of their characterization fell apart for me a few moments after they met. It was all too much too fast and I kind of felt eh about them after they both starting going, "That's my girl" and getting upset about someone kind of rightly questioning loyalty after years of knowing them but you know she's okay after literally 5 hours???

    I also super recommend reading the author's note, in which Alameda really gives an insight into how this book came out and the backstory of Laura. I've only recently gotten into reading the author's note, and I'm so glad I did because it made me connect with the story on a whole new level.

    The storyline was...well, there was kind of a lot going on, and I found a lot of the pieces pretty intriguing. I could follow some parts along, but I will admit I was SO SO SO confused in the beginning. I literally didn't even understand how the two ships were hitting each other because I didn't realize they were next to each other all along??? Me being confused lasted kind of far longer than it should have, but I do have a tougher time with sci-fi books to be honest for this reason. But Alameda did create such an innovative mythology for her creatures and categories for them. I honestly could see this being a movie perfectly - the details were that good for it as I went along and more alien things. ALIEN ACTION WAS FAIRLY GOOD. I WAS QUITE PLEASED. It really didn't scare me or anything, but it was more of the...gore sense of a thriller/horror instead of making you super on edge or scared out of your pants.

    Okay, though, I got a little frustrated with the fact that literally the fate of the entire ship and kind of all of civilization was resting in the hands of two teenagers??? I mean, literally, the only people that did anything in this book was teens from 16 - 18. I mean, I get I'm reading YA and suspending belief and all, but am I really too much of King Triton that I'm looking at these Ariels like, REALLY. REALLY. YOU'RE GOING TO SAVE THIS EARTH THING AND SPACESHIP THING ALL BY YOUR BIG BAD SELVES BECAUSE ALL ADULTS ARE INCOMPETENT AND CAN'T DO ANYTHING EXCEPT FOR THAT ONE THING THAT IS PROBABLY SPOILERS? HMMMMM? MADNESS, I DARE SAY, MADNESS.

    Obviously, I wasn't quite into the ship. Even thought they weren't professing their love or anything, it just seemed like they got too deep too fast. Their loyalties to each just were way too strong for only knowing each other a few hours and everytime they would talk deeply about each other, I just hurried up and skipped along.

    Overall, this wasn't a bad book, but it just fell apart for me in a couple of different places that I just wasn't feeling. Alameda had such a strong beginning but her intriguing concept and good writing couldn't overcome the struggles I had with the book. BUT SERIOUSLY, THANK YOU SO MUCH, ALAMEDA FOR GIVING ME SO MUCH ALIEN ACTION. Two crowns and a Cinderella rating!

  • Jenny Ashby

    I read an ARC of this book from NetGalley and I'm not sure why I requested it. (Although it does have an amazing cover!) I was not a big fan of Shutter by Alameda so that should've been a clue right there. But the description sounded great and I love sci fi so I overrode my instinct and requested it anyway which was a mistake. I can't say for sure what it is about her writing that doesn't do it for me but there's something. But I know that it's a personal issue specific to Alameda's writing so I

    I read an ARC of this book from NetGalley and I'm not sure why I requested it. (Although it does have an amazing cover!) I was not a big fan of Shutter by Alameda so that should've been a clue right there. But the description sounded great and I love sci fi so I overrode my instinct and requested it anyway which was a mistake. I can't say for sure what it is about her writing that doesn't do it for me but there's something. But I know that it's a personal issue specific to Alameda's writing so I can't be super-critical of the book overall even though I was dreading reading it. In fact, as I was describing sections of the book to my husband, I could tell that the plot lines were interesting and that there were some unique parts. (He's going to read it and will probably be a fan.) I was intrigued by the idea of the subjegator but wish that we'd learned more about the Smithsons who put it in her and more details on why they decided to use it on her. Those bad guys should've really been built up but they were almost incidental. Was Sebastian using her the entire time or did he actually like her at some point? As for the other bad guy, I saw that coming but I think my teens will be surprised and outraged with that twist. Just a "meh" for me. However....

    My feelings toward the book became warmer and fuzzier when I read the author's note. I love Alameda's introspective description of how political became personal during the writing and all the symbolic touches she included in the story. So, while I might not mesh with her writing style, I now love Courtney Alameda as a person.

  • Kaitlynne

    ... That sounds... Pretty epic, actually. Why does it have to be so far away though?

    Update on 12-27-16

    2018. What do you MEAN 2018?!?!?! I can't wait that long! *Sad Face*

  • Ellen Gail

    I didn't know I could want something so much.

    ? Or I guess February 2018 now? I will wait for you book. We will be together.

  • Venkittarayan Chandrasekharan

    Doesn't this sound similar to vin diesel's movie 'pitch black', even its going to be I'm gonna read it cos I love the movie.

  • Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔

    Wait...I thought this was coming out this month...what do you mean this isn't coming out until February 2018? NO!!!!!!

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    Alright, I was reluctant before, but now with the full synopsis coupled with this absolutely eerie, yet lovely cover, I am on board!

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