The Never Dawn (The Never Dawn #1)
by R.E. Palmer
NEW DYSTOPIAN TRILOGY: BOOK ONE
Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published August 5th 2016 by FrontRunner Publications
Edition Language English
All his young life, Noah has longed to see the sky he's only heard about in stories. For over one hundred years, Noah's people have toiled deep beneath the Earth preparing for The New Dawn – the historic day when they will emerge to reclaim the land stolen by a ruthless enemy.
But when Rebekah, the girl of his forbidden desire, discovers a secret their leader has been so desperate to keep, Noah suspects something is wrong. Together, they escape and begin the long climb to the surface. But nothing could prepare them for what awaits outside.
May contain spoilers
It was dark here and it was quiet.
Having never read anything from this author, I was intrigued by the title and atmosphere of 'The Never Dawn'.
The 5 simple opening words, 'I had touched the Sky' blew me away.
What is it like living underground?
Never seeing the sky, trees, or a beach would be odd.
In the first chapter, we see day after day the same routine is occurring.
This book is written in an orderly cadence of words which matches the flow of this tightly structured story. At first, I thought I was just imagining this but I read a few pages aloud and then sent portions of it to a screen reader to compare.
Can you imagine being banned from a bedtime story or a book?
Noah knows this can occur. It has happened to him.
Reader's are provided with a clear description of Noah early on. He has a keen interest in Rebekah and expresses concern for those around him while having a strong urge to dominate.
The Prefects enact changes to the structure and we believe they may become entangled in more cruel acts. They push a team leader and during a book search, it is written, "The prefects must have slung them against the wall, leaving them strewn with their covers open like dead birds fell from the sky."
This story does contain duties, assumed commands and targets and there are anticipated messages provided, “Remember, you have to earn the right to become one of The Chosen and enter Paradise."
My conclusion: This is an exciting read. I appreciate the writer creates a kind of distance - with definite flashbacks - allowing the story to build through cycles of some small crescendos before the reveal.
Relationships and people are interesting to me whether it is a read from present day or one from over sixty years ago. As this story comes to a close, I perceive the Ark is a trap from which Noah may never be free to see a New Dawn. So, in Noah... Simon lives.
I received this wonderful novel through the generosity of the author for an honest review.
I will be reviewing all 3 books so check back later.