An Absence of Light by Meradeth Houston
Published by: Evernight Teen
Publication date: October 31st 2014
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Info Link: Goodreads
Leah’s always seen the shadow creatures. She thought she was immune to their evil—until now.
She’s walked into a massacre, stolen a BMW, and is running from the law for a crime she didn’t commit. Nineteen-year-old Leah’s life just went from mildly abnormal to totally crazy at lightning speed. But no one will believe that the shadow creatures are framing her for the murder, because she’s the only one that can see them. At least that’s what she thought.
When Leah stumbled across a group who share her ability, she discovers they have something she doesn’t: a way to fight back. When the group offers to teach her how to kill the shadow creatures, Leah jumps at the chance. But something is brewing with the creatures. They’re tracking down the hunters like there’s no tomorrow. Leah suspects that maybe there won’t be, and it’s up to her to make sure tomorrow comes. Because she’ll do anything to stop the shadows, including risking her life—and the life of the one she loves—to keep the world from being lost to darkness forever.
Leah (aka Lee) is a great character. She’s a little like me – sarcastic, witty, but fierce and loyal, too. I liked her immediately. She never lets the circumstances of her life break her – though she does give in to a little bit of pity-partying on occassion. I thought the book could have done with just a tad more back story, but I was definitely riveted by the intro which tosses the reader straight into the action and presents a lot of questions to be answered throughout the rest of the story. Manuel and Nana add a sense of family and (interestingly) serenity to the story, while Adam and Emily add intensity and drama. I very much enjoyed Lee’s interaction with, and reaction to, these different character elements. I felt that the pace moved along nicely, with new information given in good order. I couldn’t help but think of episodes of X Files and Fringe when reading about the Shadows, but it was a nice association to make, in my opinion. If you enjoy these types of TV shows and books of similar subject matter, then An Absence of Light, will be a good read for you as you travel, lounge pool- or beach-side or hide out in your nice cool home from the high temps this summer.
Also, I gotta love Ms. Houston just because she lives in Montana, my own home state. I haven’t lived in MT for many years, but it does still hold a special place in my heart when I reflect back on my grandparents home in the mountains, summers spent on the lake or at summer camp, riding our horses, and digging tunnels in the snow drifts. Also, she has some pretty fascinating hobbies (see Author Bio below). When I get time, between other planned reads, I intend to check out more of Ms. Houston’s writing.
-She’s a Northern California girl. And now is braving the cold winters in Montana.
-When she’s not writing, she’s sequencing dead people’s DNA. For fun!
-She’s also an anthropology professor and loves getting people interested in studying humans.
-If she could have a super-power, it would totally be flying. Which is a little strange, because she’s terrified of heights.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this ebook for purposes of review. No other compensation was received. All opinions are 100% my own.
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