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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 el 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.


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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 el 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.

30 review for Gone Dark

  1. 5 out of 5

    Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)

    This was such a fun and completely enthralling book! The whatif's of it all will suck you in and keep you rapidly turning the pages. I absolutely loved how realistic this was and how down to earth all the characters were. It really did take me by surprise and keep me entertained until the very last page. Definitely an author I will be keeping my eyes on! *ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.* This was such a fun and completely enthralling book! The whatif's of it all will suck you in and keep you rapidly turning the pages. I absolutely loved how realistic this was and how down to earth all the characters were. It really did take me by surprise and keep me entertained until the very last page. Definitely an author I will be keeping my eyes on! *ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

  2. 4 out of 5

    cossette

    what the fuck did i just read

  3. 4 out of 5

    I'm All Booked Up YA

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  4. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    I love YA survival stories from a female perspective, and I suppose if I had not read Trigger this year, I may have enjoyed this one more. It's a story of Zara, who grew up on a prepper compound with her father, and in the wake of a terrible accident, she and her mother escape. Zara remains paranoid, though, and rightly so. When the power goes out in their new city and then begins a mass power outage across the country, Zara must find a way to survive. There is chaos, and she pairs up with her b I love YA survival stories from a female perspective, and I suppose if I had not read Trigger this year, I may have enjoyed this one more. It's a story of Zara, who grew up on a prepper compound with her father, and in the wake of a terrible accident, she and her mother escape. Zara remains paranoid, though, and rightly so. When the power goes out in their new city and then begins a mass power outage across the country, Zara must find a way to survive. There is chaos, and she pairs up with her best friend, her romantic interest, and others found along the way, as they travel back east, hoping to make it to her father's compound again. The pitch for this one is Dry meets Hatchet and that's pretty solid. I found this one dragged quite a bit, especially in the middle. I wish we'd seen more of Zara's internal world, as some of her feelings about her father seemed underdeveloped. Readers who love adventure and survival will enjoy this one, especially if they like a big twist (I saw it coming from miles away, but that is my experience as a reader speaking). I only wish the middle had been tightened and the end lengthened, as the epilogue was a little too neat and tidy. I wanted more (view spoiler)[ of the where the HELL did the father go and is he going to come back and kill us (hide spoiler)] energy, to leave the reader with more questions than answers.

  5. 5 out of 5

    AndiReads

    A thrilling prepper-style book about a teenage girl who must face her fears and lead her friends across the country in the absence of electricity - the virtual dark! Zara is a 17 year old girl. Virtually normal and average except her and her mother escaped her father’s survivalist compound years ago. The instincts ingrained in her won't go away and she spends a lot of time immersed in the world of video games. When a malware attack turns the lights out on the country as nationally the electrical A thrilling prepper-style book about a teenage girl who must face her fears and lead her friends across the country in the absence of electricity - the virtual dark! Zara is a 17 year old girl. Virtually normal and average except her and her mother escaped her father’s survivalist compound years ago. The instincts ingrained in her won't go away and she spends a lot of time immersed in the world of video games. When a malware attack turns the lights out on the country as nationally the electrical grid is destroyed. Zara has to step up and lead her group of friends across the country back to her father's compound where she first escaped. It's a great dystopian story filled with the typical journey obstacles and fascinating characters on the way. If you harbor an inner prepper, love stories of young people finding their inner leadership or just enjoy dystopian and disaster literature, #GoneDark won't disappoint! #netgalley #SimonandSchuster

  6. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    Originally posted at For What It's Worth on 4/28/2022: https://www.fwiwreviews.net/2022/04/r... *I received and arc from the publisher in exchange for an honest review This was a solid post apocalypse/road trip story. Worthy (topic wise) of the Dry comparisons. Zara realizes something is majorly wrong when the lights start going out across the US. After living years off the grid with her paranoid, survivalist, doomsday dad, she knows it's time to gather supplies and hatch a plan. Although Zara and Originally posted at For What It's Worth on 4/28/2022: https://www.fwiwreviews.net/2022/04/r... *I received and arc from the publisher in exchange for an honest review This was a solid post apocalypse/road trip story. Worthy (topic wise) of the Dry comparisons. Zara realizes something is majorly wrong when the lights start going out across the US. After living years off the grid with her paranoid, survivalist, doomsday dad, she knows it's time to gather supplies and hatch a plan. Although Zara and her mom escaped her dad's compound, his training was drilled into her at an early age and she tries to rally her friends and mom but they view this as a blip that will all get worked out in a few days and brush her off as overreacting. Of course Zara is right and and she embarks on a road trip with her neighbor (and crush) Gabe to look for his family that were taken by a very scary group, find her mom and eventually make it back to the safety of her fathers compound, knowing they will have a better chance of survival there. The breakdown... 🗡Bad things happen. VERY bad things. Survivors will be survivors - both good and bad. Things go downhill pretty fast as people jockey for position and water. The characters suffer great personal loss and have to somehow find the will to carry on and survive. 💪 Zara is a strong yet vulnerable character. She is tough and adapts on the fly. Her father routinely took her out in the woods for survival training and would not tolerate weakness. At. All. Tears wasted water. She makes really tough calls over and over. Repeatedly having to decide if the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few. She lives in a world of morally gray decisions - decisions you may not agree with or might even be horrified by. Her father's training drilled into her not to rely on others, always cut them lose and think only of yourself but she starts to let others in more and it's something she struggles deeply with throughout the story. I really liked her. She's badass and could be cold but slowly let herself be cared for and saw that being part of a team was a strength not a weakness. 😍 There's a smidge of romance with her best friends brother - Gabe. She's always liked him so it didn't feel like it came out of nowhere. It was fairly subtle since there's all this surviving stuff to do. And I liked Gabe. Zara's ruthless pragmatism bothered him at first but he toughened up - while softening her a bit - and completely respected her expertise when it came to the groups survival. 👦👧👨👩 Loved the whole patched together group and found family. They are all wary of each at first, come from different backgrounds but are a group that I would like to have with me in that situation. 😐 Throughout the book Zara flashes back to memories of her time with her father at the compound and clearly she remembers him more fondly than what actually occurred. I loved the internal conflict of her trying to live up to her dad's expectations and still loving him while slowly piecing together that he's not what a normal dad should be like and his motives might not be as positive as she thought. There's also a subplot about a group of men chasing Zara that was interesting trying to figure out just who they were or why this was happening. Overall, I really enjoyed this book but I wasn't thrilled with how the resolution of those last two things turned out. It wasn't bad, exactly, it's just that there was a lot of build up, especially regarding her dad and that part happened so quickly and then it was done. The end is a definite end but is it??? lol The survivalist aspect and Zara's growth were awesome but the father/daughter story could have been a psychological thriller all on it's own or meshed a little better IMO. I still give it 👍👍 though.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    I picked up this book and read 75% in one big gulp. I feel like that tells you pretty much all you need to know about how enthralling it is, but here are some extra things it did really well: -The suspense doesn't feel contrived. There's plenty of conflict in a world such as this, and the author makes it feel like a really realistic journey, not a bunch of gimmicky cliffhangers, or repeated fight scenes between survivors over resources. The suspense is varied, realistic, and stays interesting thr I picked up this book and read 75% in one big gulp. I feel like that tells you pretty much all you need to know about how enthralling it is, but here are some extra things it did really well: -The suspense doesn't feel contrived. There's plenty of conflict in a world such as this, and the author makes it feel like a really realistic journey, not a bunch of gimmicky cliffhangers, or repeated fight scenes between survivors over resources. The suspense is varied, realistic, and stays interesting throughout! -The character isn't some kind of Angelina Jolie stone-faced badass from page 1. She's been trained, yeah, but she's rusty and never been in a real apocalyptic scenario, and she grows and changes over the course of the book. I believe her as a teenager rather than an action star -The scenario is well thought out and realistic! -The end has some twists to keep you surprised! The one thing I didn't like was that there was one thread in the end that felt unfinished, and I don't see a good reason why the author left it that way. But other than that one thread, it feels tied up and satisfying. Loved this book!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Cindy :: leavemetomybooks ::

    Zara spent the first twelve years of her life hidden away on her dad’s doomsday prepper/survivalist compound. She was trained to hunt, fight, forage, and, above all, survive. Now seventeen and living in L.A. with her mom, Zara is forced to seek out her estranged father because the power grid has gone down and society is devolving into chaos. She will have to use all of the skills she wanted to forget to save herself and her friends. •-•-•-• This is the first of two power grid collapse books I’ve r Zara spent the first twelve years of her life hidden away on her dad’s doomsday prepper/survivalist compound. She was trained to hunt, fight, forage, and, above all, survive. Now seventeen and living in L.A. with her mom, Zara is forced to seek out her estranged father because the power grid has gone down and society is devolving into chaos. She will have to use all of the skills she wanted to forget to save herself and her friends. •-•-•-• This is the first of two power grid collapse books I’ve read recently (the other is Aurora by David Koepp), and this was by far my favorite! I’m a huge fan of books with teenage girls surviving apocalyptic situations, and Zara was a particularly realistic and strong protagonist. I really appreciated how Panitch approached Zara’s panic attacks and social anxiety and showed her internal conflict — she was severely traumatized by her time on the compound, but now she’s being forced to rely on and appreciate the skills she learned from her dad to survive. Gone Dark is fast-paced, exciting, thrilling, and terrifying. And the ending left an opening for a sequel… please?!? This would be a good companion read with Life As We Knew It, and I’d recommend it for ages 12+. * thanks to SimonTeen for the NetGalley review copy. This comes out April 12.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Madison

    Did you know that if the electricity stops, 90% of the population will die? It’s this delightful premise on which Gone Dark is built. I have to admit, it took me a while to be brave enough to continue reading this book after initially starting it. I wasn’t in the right headspace for “major event in which the population struggles to survive and people die”, you know, given the situation with things in the world right now, but I am so glad I did pick it up again, because I got hooked. Gone Dark is Did you know that if the electricity stops, 90% of the population will die? It’s this delightful premise on which Gone Dark is built. I have to admit, it took me a while to be brave enough to continue reading this book after initially starting it. I wasn’t in the right headspace for “major event in which the population struggles to survive and people die”, you know, given the situation with things in the world right now, but I am so glad I did pick it up again, because I got hooked. Gone Dark is a compelling story of survival and what it takes to be a survivor. Zara was raised by her dad, trained to hunt, prepare for disaster, shoot a crossbow and every skill she’d ever need to survive anything. But it’s been years since she lived on the compound, after her mother moved them back to civilisation. Now, Zara spends more time in survival video games than honing any real survival skills. But when Zara notices a pattern in the recent blackouts, she fears it’s a sign of something bad coming. No one believes her. Not her best friend, school friends or even her mother. So when the power goes out and stays out across the entire country, Zara does what she knows how to do - survive. But it will take everything she knows to reinuite with her mother, team up with and keep her gaming buddy Gabe safe, and rescue her best friend. Readers who love dystopian books will love Gone Dark. It’s highly addictive and compelling reading and I can’t wait to add it to our shelves, alongside other “the world is ending but we’ll survive” titles. If there is a time to show just how strong teens are and can be, it’s now and Zara is one very strong character. Her growth across the pages of this book is absorbing and she swings from one crazy, horrifying scenario to the next, yet she doesn’t let it stop her. Her faith in humanity is challenged, but it’s how close to home this tradgedy is that really gets to her. I loved the group that band around Zara. It’s starts with Gabe, but as they travel to find and rescue Gabe’s sister, they start to find other teens like them who want to survive. There is a bit of romance as well, which is the perfect relief to this otherwise thrilling (although the romance is kind of thrilling as well) tale. Perfect for fans of Clare Zorn’s The Sky So Heavy and Erik J Brown’s All That’s Left In The World. The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own. Find more reviews, reading age guides, content advisory, and recommendations on my blog Madison's Library

  10. 4 out of 5

    Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)

    4.5* Gone Dark was one of my most anticipated books of the year. And good news, it did not disappoint! I love an apocalypse book, that goes without saying, but this one felt wholly realistic and kept me turning the pages! So let's break down what I liked! ►As I mentioned, it's a very realistic seeming apocalypse. Ugh, people are such trash, right? Like sure things are bad, but humans go ahead and make them far worse than they needed to be. Obviously people were going to die, that's a given, bu 4.5* Gone Dark was one of my most anticipated books of the year. And good news, it did not disappoint! I love an apocalypse book, that goes without saying, but this one felt wholly realistic and kept me turning the pages! So let's break down what I liked! ►As I mentioned, it's a very realistic seeming apocalypse. Ugh, people are such trash, right? Like sure things are bad, but humans go ahead and make them far worse than they needed to be. Obviously people were going to die, that's a given, but so many are killed by their fellow man that it's infuriating. And so realistic. Add to it, Zara's prepper background makes her abilities and knowledge seem quite realistic too. ►So morally gray! I love morally gray, and this book was excellent at positing some fabulous moral dilemmas. Zara and her friends have to make some truly awful decisions along the way. Some because apocalypses are crap, and some because humans are. Either way, they weren't easy choices. ►I really enjoyed the characters. Zara seems, at times, paranoid (which makes total sense both because of her background, and the world we're in) and I couldn't help but wonder at times how reliable a narrator she was. But she clearly has the best intentions, and you cannot help but feel for her plight. She also undergoes so much growth and development during the story, and that was great to watch! I also loved the cast of characters she encounters along the way. I don't actually want to say much about them (because you want to go in not knowing who makes it out alive, right?) but they were great, and I enjoyed her relationships with them. ►Quite thought provoking! The thing about a very plausible apocalypse book is, there's almost no way to not put yourself in the main character's shoes. What would you do when Zara makes a certain decision, right? ►There's a bit of a mystery thrown in, too. What will Zara find at her father's? Who exactly tried to attack her at the start? How did this whole thing go down, anyway? Those questions definitely propelled my reading. My only minor qualm was that the ending did feel a bit rushed, especially considering how much had gone on during the book. But it wasn't a bad or wholly unsatisfying ending either, so I can live with it. Bottom Line: A realistic apocalypse with likable characters and a ton of adventure is always a huge win in my book. You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Mandina

    So this book was really good. Sure, I was at a conference, kind of by myself, with no roommates or any colleagues that I knew very well, so had lots of time to read. But I started this over 400 page book with my breakfast at about 10 am, and was finished by the time I went to bed at 11 pm. That includes about 5-6 hours spent at the conference and an hour watching a tv show. This book was written in such a way that I was sucked in right away, and could barely put it down. I think it is one that a So this book was really good. Sure, I was at a conference, kind of by myself, with no roommates or any colleagues that I knew very well, so had lots of time to read. But I started this over 400 page book with my breakfast at about 10 am, and was finished by the time I went to bed at 11 pm. That includes about 5-6 hours spent at the conference and an hour watching a tv show. This book was written in such a way that I was sucked in right away, and could barely put it down. I think it is one that a young adult, the age it is written for, would have no problem also picking right up and feeling the same way. If they can get over the size of it, because like I said, it is over 400 pages long, it doesn’t feel at all like it drags. The blurb compares it to Hatchet, which I’ve never read myself, but I totally get it from all the survival skills our main character has to use throughout the story. I liked the background of her having lived on a compound alone with her mom and dad for the longest time until one day her mother decided it was too much and it was time to leave. The way the author kind of mixed the story of what had happened and why they left throughout the story, all the way through the book, kept me with just enough info to be able to keep going with the story, while also wanting to keep going to find out what details we didn’t yet have. Some of those details weren’t divulged until the big final moment at the end, and they perfectly brought all the pieces of the puzzle together in a way that made our main character, Zara, figure out just what to do next. Because there were moments at the beginning when we didn’t know all these details, I wondered if she was an unreliable narrator and didn’t remember things. But really that’s not the case. Along her journey to get back to her dad’s compound, because he seemed to be right as this all went down from what he’d told her growing up, she met up with some old friends, and made some new ones along the way. We got some diversity in the characters, in a few different ways. I found the part about the Latter Day Saints compound/camp they ended up at very interesting. Then there was a truck they had to “borrow” later on in the story, and the way that story went was done uniquely and, well what I assume would be realistically in that type of a situation. A great book that I can’t wait to get a copy of for my school library! Review first published on Lisa Loves Literature.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Karen Bullock

    Four stars for this young adult thriller meets action/adventure story centering around a massive power outage that reaches global proportions. Seventeen year old Zara Appel was raised on an off the grid compound by what she thought was an over zealous doomsday prepping father. Some bizarre tragedy on the compound, causes Zara to flee with her mother. Currently, Zara has become a gaming expert and fully immersed in the technology field her father warned her against. Her two best friends are, Estell Four stars for this young adult thriller meets action/adventure story centering around a massive power outage that reaches global proportions. Seventeen year old Zara Appel was raised on an off the grid compound by what she thought was an over zealous doomsday prepping father. Some bizarre tragedy on the compound, causes Zara to flee with her mother. Currently, Zara has become a gaming expert and fully immersed in the technology field her father warned her against. Her two best friends are, Estella and Estella’s brother, Gabe. Mini power outages in California are not unusual until Zara sees a pattern, a pattern that even her own mother chooses to ignore. Until it is too late and it becomes a global pandemic of epic proportions. Rioting, looting and people coming out of the woodwork to inhabit others homes for food and water is at an all time high. Families separated and a strange group of ski masked man are now hunting Zara and she has no clue why? Reconnecting with Gabe, to find his family and stay alive in a world gone crazy, seems to be too much for the seventeen year old, but she manages to recall her youthful training to help others. Would traveling to her father’s compound be a wise idea? An intense, absorbing read with wholesome characters, who actually grow within the story; high action that is gritty and raw, and a story that definitely makes you stop and think. Highly recommend for something different.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Teri

    I’m always lured in by a good survivalist story, and I’ve picked up tips from every book I’ve read. With today’s world, you never know when they might come in handy. Zara spent roughly the first eleven years of her life being raised in a survival compound consisting of only herself and her parents. Her paranoid father taught her valuable skills to keep her alive in case of a disaster, but also not to trust anyone and to think only of herself in order to survive. After a horrible tragedy, Zara’s m I’m always lured in by a good survivalist story, and I’ve picked up tips from every book I’ve read. With today’s world, you never know when they might come in handy. Zara spent roughly the first eleven years of her life being raised in a survival compound consisting of only herself and her parents. Her paranoid father taught her valuable skills to keep her alive in case of a disaster, but also not to trust anyone and to think only of herself in order to survive. After a horrible tragedy, Zara’s mother flees across the country with her, leaving her father behind. Being raised in such a different environment makes interacting with other teens difficult, but Zara finds supportive friends in Stella and her brother Gabe. Zara picks up on signs of the catastrophe her father always predicted, and soon the world is in chaos. With no power and limited food and water, she knows most of the population won’t survive, so she and her friends begin a journey across the country to her father’s compound, picking up others along the way. Zara’s character arc is well-crafted and probably my favorite part of the story. Throughout the novel she hears her father’s voice in her head repeating the rules she was taught – to think only of herself. She soon learns that although she can’t trust everyone she comes across, putting faith in those she cares about increases their chances of survival. When society begins to break down, it comes with some tense, heartbreaking scenes that may be tough for some readers. It’s scary how quickly humanity is tossed out the window. Although the first part of the story kept me gripping the pages, it slows to a lull about halfway through before picking up again. One of the plot threads confounded me. Zara continues to make an assumption that seemed illogical to me, and I wanted her to slow down and ask herself why it was happening. It’s explained by the end, but fits awkwardly into the overall story. With plenty of harrowing situations, a bit of romance, and a heavy dose of coming of age, Gone Dark will appeal to post-apocalyptic fans yearning for a danger-filled survival story. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Celia

    Reasons to read: uhhhh survival stories are a GREAT form of escapism because they remind you that things could ALWAYS be worse I love a good apocalypse book; they are great, especially for book slumps. I have been in the greatest slump due to a loss in the family and this book got me out of it. I have yet to read a book about the loss of power (most involve loss of power after a virus, attack etc but not specifically a massive power grid loss) The whole time I was running through my head all the Reasons to read: uhhhh survival stories are a GREAT form of escapism because they remind you that things could ALWAYS be worse I love a good apocalypse book; they are great, especially for book slumps. I have been in the greatest slump due to a loss in the family and this book got me out of it. I have yet to read a book about the loss of power (most involve loss of power after a virus, attack etc but not specifically a massive power grid loss) The whole time I was running through my head all the things I'd have to do without and nearly passed out. I'm dramatic, I admit. What I loved most about this one was the realistic way humans just fall into ruin when their lives are upended. Without rules, without laws, I feel like the way the author perfectly portrayed human nature and their need to survive no matter what. I loved Zara and her resourcefulness. She had been trained to survive at a young age, so to see her in action was amazing. Her journey to help save her friend lands her in some precarious places (think 28 Days Later when they find that compound and end up only wanting the women to breed with etc) My only qualm about her character was how quickly she moved on after a devastating loss. I think readers who love survival stories will enjoy this one a lot. Other than some violence, this is age-appropriate for tweens and teens.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jenni

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. When all of the electricity goes out, what happens to people? All of us who rely on it so much? Gas pumps stop working. Water plants cannot produce clean water. And of course, phones go dead, so there is no communication across distances. This book follows our main character, Zara, as she tries to get back to her father's compound in the wilderness, where she had been raised without electricity and learning to survive off the land. Zara and her mother had left a few years ago, but can Zara make When all of the electricity goes out, what happens to people? All of us who rely on it so much? Gas pumps stop working. Water plants cannot produce clean water. And of course, phones go dead, so there is no communication across distances. This book follows our main character, Zara, as she tries to get back to her father's compound in the wilderness, where she had been raised without electricity and learning to survive off the land. Zara and her mother had left a few years ago, but can Zara make it back to the compound once the world starts going crazy? A pretty good read; some parts were slow and I wasn't a fan of the ending, but the book really makes you think about what could happen if some day, the power goes out and it doesn't come back on.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Wynter Marie Midnight

    *4.5 -- I ended up taking .5 off only because once they got to Zara's childhood home everything was just way too fast ... I see that the ending wasn't all tied up in a pretty bow at the end ... I really hope that means maybe a sequel or even a companion novel??? Anyway, I really enjoyed reading this amazing book!!! (I won this ARC on GoodReads' Giveaways Tab!) *4.5 -- I ended up taking .5 off only because once they got to Zara's childhood home everything was just way too fast ... I see that the ending wasn't all tied up in a pretty bow at the end ... I really hope that means maybe a sequel or even a companion novel??? Anyway, I really enjoyed reading this amazing book!!! (I won this ARC on GoodReads' Giveaways Tab!)

  17. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Excellent survivalist tale Seventeen year-old Zara Appel grew up on the east coast on a survivalist compound with her mother and her radical father until she was twelve years old. Then her mother took her away, moved them to Los Angeles and Sara's life changed immensely. From killing and preparing her own food she went to having friends and playing video games. But the lessons and warnings her father taught her stayed with her. So when the power grid goes down across the whole country Zara knows s Excellent survivalist tale Seventeen year-old Zara Appel grew up on the east coast on a survivalist compound with her mother and her radical father until she was twelve years old. Then her mother took her away, moved them to Los Angeles and Sara's life changed immensely. From killing and preparing her own food she went to having friends and playing video games. But the lessons and warnings her father taught her stayed with her. So when the power grid goes down across the whole country Zara knows she needs to make her way back to the survivalist compound and her father. And with a growing group of friends and acquaintances she starts the dangerous, grueling journey cross country not sure of the reception they'll receive if they make it or what to expect from her father. I enjoyed this book very much and highly recommend it. I received this book from Simon Teens through Edelweiss in the hopes that I would read it and leave an unbiased review.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Buktoktong

    It was alright, the beginning really drew me in. Felt rushed as the book continued to play out. Didn’t love the ending. 🫠

  19. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    heard this described as Yellowjackets meets Hatchet and that's all I needed heard this described as Yellowjackets meets Hatchet and that's all I needed

  20. 5 out of 5

    JL

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Gave up on this one because I found Zara way too irritating. You are convinced the world is ending - what do you do? Fill up the bathtub and a few water bottles, dig out some old camping gear and supplies, and then go to a party! Spend a lot of time interior monologuing about whether you are crazy and worrying about how people perceive you, but don't go to the store and buy canned goods and toilet paper. I wanted to get to the part where Zara saves her friends with her wicked survivalist skills, Gave up on this one because I found Zara way too irritating. You are convinced the world is ending - what do you do? Fill up the bathtub and a few water bottles, dig out some old camping gear and supplies, and then go to a party! Spend a lot of time interior monologuing about whether you are crazy and worrying about how people perceive you, but don't go to the store and buy canned goods and toilet paper. I wanted to get to the part where Zara saves her friends with her wicked survivalist skills, but I couldn't get past the teen angst.

  21. 4 out of 5

    BookChic Club

    This was such a fantastic, thrilling book. Panitch did a wonderful job creating the suspense in this book as Zara and her growing group of friends cross the country to get to her dad's compound. There's also some touches of comedy throughout too which definitely helps to lighten the mood as well as some light romance, which was sweet. There were some interesting twists and turns throughout the book as well, making it such a compelling read. This was my first time reading something from this auth This was such a fantastic, thrilling book. Panitch did a wonderful job creating the suspense in this book as Zara and her growing group of friends cross the country to get to her dad's compound. There's also some touches of comedy throughout too which definitely helps to lighten the mood as well as some light romance, which was sweet. There were some interesting twists and turns throughout the book as well, making it such a compelling read. This was my first time reading something from this author and it certainly won't be the last. I'm excited to check out her previous releases.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Tanya R

    A survivalist story with a teenage MC from a prepper family. Very suspenseful and really made me want to start storing a whole bunch of food! Fans of apocalypse/survival stories will want to add this to their reading list.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Andi (Andi's ABCs)

    2.5 stars I’m kind of disappointed. The beginning was so interesting and reminded me of some awesome dystopian books I’ve read, but it went downhill from there for me. I think I was anticipating something that I didn’t get so it just didn’t work for me. I will say it was a quick read, but just didn’t end up being a me book.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Brianna White

    Could not put down this book!! Following Zara through her adventure of survival kept me up at night. I find myself wishing there was more to the story, despite there already being over 430 pages.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Cary Morton

    I received a copy of this book directly from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review. I thoroughly enjoyed Gone Dark by Amanda Panitch. Though I've seen similar plots, especially recently, the author did a fantastic job of making the story more Young Adult friendly, even given the sometimes gruesome but realistic content. It was easy to see that the book was well thought-out. It was also well-written. I read an early-reader-copy, and still only ran into one or two typographical error I received a copy of this book directly from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review. I thoroughly enjoyed Gone Dark by Amanda Panitch. Though I've seen similar plots, especially recently, the author did a fantastic job of making the story more Young Adult friendly, even given the sometimes gruesome but realistic content. It was easy to see that the book was well thought-out. It was also well-written. I read an early-reader-copy, and still only ran into one or two typographical errors, and none that were immersion-breaking. The characters were interesting and flawed, and each approached the apocalypse differently. Overall, I think the author did a fantastic job, and I'm happy to recommend the book to anyone who enjoys Young Adult Apocalyptic Fiction with a bit of a thriller thrown in for good measure.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ash

    This was definitely a much needed welcome back to the post apocalyptic genre that I've been missing. The main protagonist is interesting and just because its first person doesnt mean it's all in her head. Sometimes the timeline could be iffy but otherwise the story flowed smoothly from beginning to a very rushed ending. This was definitely a much needed welcome back to the post apocalyptic genre that I've been missing. The main protagonist is interesting and just because its first person doesnt mean it's all in her head. Sometimes the timeline could be iffy but otherwise the story flowed smoothly from beginning to a very rushed ending.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Heather | Nerdy By Nature Blog

    *I received a copy of this via the publisher in exchange for an honest review* While most kids her age grew up playing video games and going to the mall, seventeen-year-old Zara was learning how to shoot a bow and trapping at her father's survivalist's compound. Five years ago, Zara and her mother left the woods behind and have been trying to move on from their traumatic experiences. When a malware attack cuts off electrical grids across the US, Zara can't help but remember her father's lessons a *I received a copy of this via the publisher in exchange for an honest review* While most kids her age grew up playing video games and going to the mall, seventeen-year-old Zara was learning how to shoot a bow and trapping at her father's survivalist's compound. Five years ago, Zara and her mother left the woods behind and have been trying to move on from their traumatic experiences. When a malware attack cuts off electrical grids across the US, Zara can't help but remember her father's lessons about the end of the world. At first, everyone brushes off Zara's concerns, but soon she's the only hope for getting her friends to safety. Zara will have to draw upon her childhood skills and lessons to help get her friends across the country back to the only hope they have to survive: her father's compound. But with every mile they cover, the fear of seeing her father again after so many years causes Zara to consider maybe the dark is the better option. If you're looking for something to transport you back to that early 2010's-YA dystopian-Hunger Games-Divergent time, this is the book for you. It's action-packed and has all the tropes you'd expect to find in this type of book. I did enjoy it, but I think I'm just a bit older than the targeted audience. It read very YA, so I had a hard time connecting to any of the characters. That said, I still found Zara compelling to follow. I thought her backstory was interesting and sad, but I liked how she used it to make herself stronger. While the plot/dialogue could've used some work, I thought Panitch did a pretty decent job showing you what life would be like if everything goes to hell and makes you question how you would handle it.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Many thanks to EdelweissPlus and the publisher for providing me with a DRC of this title for review. All opinions are my own. Actual rating: 3.5, but I couldn't go all the way up to a 4. This was good, and I think kids/students will really like it, but the writing was a bit stilted at times and there were a few plot holes, so a 3 star is all it really gets. Zara grew up with her fundamentalist father in a remote compound secluded away from the outside world. There, all she knew was her parents a Many thanks to EdelweissPlus and the publisher for providing me with a DRC of this title for review. All opinions are my own. Actual rating: 3.5, but I couldn't go all the way up to a 4. This was good, and I think kids/students will really like it, but the writing was a bit stilted at times and there were a few plot holes, so a 3 star is all it really gets. Zara grew up with her fundamentalist father in a remote compound secluded away from the outside world. There, all she knew was her parents and the rules her father tried to instill in her: take care of yourself; crying is a waste of water; don't hesitate to protect yourself, the individual. But, at some point, her mother took Zara and left the compound, eventually settling in LA. While the transition was rough (especially as a student in middle school), now, as a junior, Zara has somewhat settled in. She has found a love for computers and coding, has a *few* friends, and has managed to mostly forget her earlier years. But now she will need all the lessons her dad taught her. Because the power has gone out across the United States and it isn't coming back. Zara knows that without electricity, most won't have water. And without water, most will die. And as people begin to die, panic will start to rise. So Zara sets off across the country to try to get back to the East Coast and her father's compound. Although, along the way, more memories of her time there start to surface and she has to wonder if her dad's rules for survival are actually worth following. Overall, kids will like this survival/adventure tale. Recommended purchase for collections where students enjoy this type of fiction. I would say this is appropriate for grades 7 and up.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kasey Giard

    One of the fascinating things about this book is Zara’s conflicted feelings about her dad. She and her mom escaped from his compound, and there’s obviously lots of trauma back there she’s not ready to unpack at the beginning of the book. Yet when the power grids go down, she decides his property is the safest place for her and her friends. I found that idea to be kind of hard to digest sometimes. It made sense that she had conflicted feelings– he’s still her dad, and she was a child when she live One of the fascinating things about this book is Zara’s conflicted feelings about her dad. She and her mom escaped from his compound, and there’s obviously lots of trauma back there she’s not ready to unpack at the beginning of the book. Yet when the power grids go down, she decides his property is the safest place for her and her friends. I found that idea to be kind of hard to digest sometimes. It made sense that she had conflicted feelings– he’s still her dad, and she was a child when she lived with him, so a lot of her memories about him are a little mixed up. Maybe what was hard to digest was the idea that Zara would be safe at her dad’s. So while she’s locked in on returning to him as a goal, I felt like that was definitely not going to go the way she hoped. I don’t want to give anything away. I guess I can say that for the most part, I was satisfied about the way things went down. Not everything went the way I expected, which was okay. But it made sense, and felt like the story resolved for the most part. I liked Zara’s character and her relationship with Gabe and the rest of her team. I loved the way each teammate brought something different to the group, and the way they learned to depend on one another. Another thing that I liked a lot was the mix of people they met along the way. Certainly there were people for whom the catastrophe brought out the worst in them. But there were a lot of people who were trying to be good people and trying to do good things in spite of a horrific situation. All in all, I enjoyed GONE DARK. I loved that it’s from a girl’s perspective. It reminded me a little bit of ALONE by Megan E. Freeman. Note: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lady Readalot

    Gone Dark is one of those books which was a surprising find. I thought initially i was reading a YA dystopian adventure, but it quickly became evident this was so much more. I feel like this is one of those books in which the reader actually learns from fiction. Zara is a typical 17 year old more interested in computers than people, her personal history makes it challenging, due to living in a Doomsday Prepper compound, made her fearful of the outside world. Years on she lives with her mother and Gone Dark is one of those books which was a surprising find. I thought initially i was reading a YA dystopian adventure, but it quickly became evident this was so much more. I feel like this is one of those books in which the reader actually learns from fiction. Zara is a typical 17 year old more interested in computers than people, her personal history makes it challenging, due to living in a Doomsday Prepper compound, made her fearful of the outside world. Years on she lives with her mother and the end of the world hasn’t happened- yet. When most of the continent’s power grid goes off line, Zara is forced back into her past, reviving dormant skills and memories which she’d thought long buried. The plot is filled with questing which notches up the tension and pace. It quickly becomes evident in a society with no power many will perish. I listened to the audiobook of this, and i must say the narrator did an excellent job- it was one of those stories i did not want to stop listening to. Though this is a YA story it has mature themes (see CW) and reminded the reader how ill equiped i’d be if this were to happen. I found the information on survivalist skills fascinating, combined with a suspenseful and well paced plot I was really hooked on Gone Dark. Though i anticipated who the villain/s were in the story, their outcomes were not expected, which left an edge of suspense to the ending. A thoroughly enjoyable story with themes of friendship, found family, redemption and coming of age. A fantastic narration - i am going to check out more of the authors and narrators work. 4.5/5 stars CW: Survivalist themes- includes violence, guns, weapons, death, blood, sacrificing animals for food, threats, betrayal, forced proximity, murder, mild romantic moments.

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