“I will admit that I’ve had thoughts of what life would be like without Mother. Without her rules and routine, Rebekah and I could be together. I don’t care what other hardships we could suffer because, with her by my side, I can face anything. But as I sit here this morning, I long for Mother to be happy again, and reassure us that everything is normal and we can go back to work. Yet I’m not so sure that’s going to happen.”
Author: R.E. Palmer Published: 2018 Pages: 279
I haven’t read a dystopian novel in a while so it was nice when the offer of reviewing The Never Dawn popped into my inbox. The series protagonist is Noah, a seventeen year old who lives in a future world which exists entirely underground. As a worker, day after day he must fit together units for an unknown purpose and makes sure he hits his quota everyday. Aiming to be like the famous Moses, who everyone looks up to as a God, he must please Mother by sticking to the rules and being the most efficient worker he can be. But when he begins to see cracks in the seemingly perfect underground world, Noah begins to wonder if there’s more to their world than he can ever comprehend.
I really liked the characters the author included. Mother was a very intriguing being and like most dystopian fiction, there was always a sense that she was hiding something. I really liked the idea of The Meeting Place too; I did mostly work out what was going to happen in there before it was revealed, but that didn’t mean it was predictable, rather, that it made it more sinister when the revelation was exposed to Noah.
What’s most important about this novel is that I was only sent the first in the trilogy and as soon as I finished The Never Dawn, I was itching for more. There are a lot of dystopian triologies out there, so it’s really important that they are unique and interesting in their way right. The author definitely does not fail at this and if anything it is the most I’ve ever been excited to continue a series.
The plot of this novel was exciting because there was so much detail to the world Noah lived in. Palmer created such a plausible place that I really believed it may be somewhere we could all end up in the future. I’ve spoken about this in a previous post, but I think it’s always important in dystopian fiction for the protagonist to instil a sense of hope in the reader that their seemingly hopeless future will, in fact, get better, this is definitely recognised in The Never Dawn.
Basically this novel was everything I love about dystopian trilogies and it was original, clever and unpredictable. If you like dystopian novels, if you like The Hunger Games, Divergent or the Maze Runner, then READ THE NEVER DAWN. I promise you will not be disappointed.
Thank you to the author, R.E. Palmer, for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.