Monday, April 18, 2022

Review-Gone Dark by Amanda Panitch


Published: April 12, 2022
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Genre: YA Thriller
Source: Print ARC
Stars: 4.5 Stars

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Dry meets Hatchet in this thrilling tale of survival following a teen girl who must lead her friends across country to the safety of her estranged father’s survivalist compound after a mass power failure leaves the country in chaos.

When seventeen-year-old Zara escaped her father’s backwoods survivalist compound five years ago, she traded crossbows and skinning hides for electricity and video games…and tried to forget the tragedy that drove her away.

Until a malware attack on the United States electrical grids cuts off the entire country’s power.

In the wake of the disaster and the chaos that ensues, Zara is forced to call upon skills she thought she’d never use again—and her best bet to survive is to go back to the home she left behind. Drawing upon a resilience she didn’t know she had, Zara leads a growing group of friends on an epic journey across a crumbling country back to her father’s compound, where their only hope for salvation lies.

But with every step she takes, Zara wonders if she truly has what it takes to face her father and the secrets of her past, or if she’d be better off hiding in the dark.

Gone Dark was a cool book to read. From the very beginning I just knew that it would be right up my alley. I always like to think about the "what-ifs" in life. Like what would happen if the world took a dark turn and the apocalypse was at our door step. I think about what I would do for survival. But let's face it, more than likely it won't happen. At least that's what I tell myself because the reality is too terrifying to even think about.

That's why I like reading books about it! Seventeen year old Zara knows all about the apocalypse thanks to her doomsday father. When she and her mother escape the compound they live in, Zara finally knows what freedom is. That all changes when the United States and the world's electrical grid are cute off. Now it's up to Zara's training is up to speed for survival. So many things go wrong and little goes right, but one thing is for sure, Zara is as amazing as they come! I loved reading her story and watching her grow.

 Overall, I enjoyed this book so much! Although the whole electrical grids going out hit a little too close to home for me. I guess this sort of thing did happen in February of 2021 and what I like to call the Snowpaclypse. We lost power and water for a few days and it was brutal! Snow is now tainted for me but I guess being Texan, we like our weather hot!

*Thank you to the publisher for providing a free copy in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

About the Author:
Amanda Panitch spent most of her childhood telling stories to her four younger siblings, trying both to make them laugh and scare them too much to sleep. Now she lives in New York City, where she writes dark, funny stories for teens, kids, and the pigeons that nest on her apartment balcony. You can follow her on Twitter @AmandaPanitch, and visit her online at 

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