Publication Date: Available Now (Kindle) and 2017 (Paperback) from Hodder and Staughton
There was one truth on Australia, the prison ship on which Chan was born and raised: you fight or you die. Usually both.
But everything on Australia was a lie. Abandoned and alone, Chan was forced to live a terrible existence on the fringes of society, Australia’s only survivor after a terrible crash-landing on Earth.
But Chan discovered she was not alone. Together with the unlikeliest of allies, Chan carved out a place for herself on Earth. And now the time has come: she’s finally found a reason to keep going. But friends have become enemies, and enemies have become friends. It’s time for Chan to create her own truths, and discover a life beyond fighting and death.
A life beyond Australia.
The Australia trilogy by J P Smythe has been one of my favourite things this last little while, I read book one, avidly awaited book 2 and now here we are at the end. Slight catch in the throat there I shall miss Chan and all the other beautifully drawn characters within this whole vividly imagined and wonderfully immersive world.
If you havent started yet then Way Down Dark is where you need to be, heading into Long Dark Dusk and finally ending up here, where the author finishes things off in passion inducing style. LOVED it. From first book to last.
Things I’ve muchly appreciated about the Australia trilogy: The character journeys, the shades of grey within what is right and wrong that JP Smythe weaves into the story, where the “bad guys” can surprise you and the “good guys” cross the line all the time. The world building is brilliant, emcompassing more than one idea, taking us from one setting to another over the course of the novels so that things stay fresh, exciting and always giving the feeling that there is more to discover.
And there is – Dark Made Dawn mixes things up again, chucks in some emotional trauma, gets the adrenalin going with some cleverly heart pumping action, never losing sight of the road that Chan is on as she tries to save those she cares about and carve out some kind of real life for herself. I’ve been rooting for her all the way, praying for that happy ending and well, as it happens….you’ll just have to read and find out for yourself…
Very difficult to review the last part of a trilogy when you don’t want to spoil things for those coming in so we’ll skip over all the plot nuances and just say that the entire thing is pure brilliance, beautifully written, never once dull, exploring many themes within the vagaries of human nature whilst still being pure escapism of the best kind. Leave this world behind for a while. Visit Chan’s world. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed…
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