Every life is an untold story, each scene unfolding until the final act. But our ending has yet to be written, and I will continue to protect us, until I cannot.
Title: Out of the Dark
Author: Claire C. Riley
Published: May 26, 2016
Genres: Horror, Post-Apocalyptic, Thriller
Out of the Dark, while a post-apocalyptic horror, is a very intimate love story. Not a typical love story though. This is the love story of a childless mother and a motherless child, one who is still willing to give unconditional love and protection, the other desperate to receive love and protection.
This duo, the main characters in the book--and nearly the only two characters in the book--journey toward living another day in the sun. They rely on each other so much so that it is inconceivable that they are not related by blood. It is immense love that keeps them together. As a parent, I understood that feeling of love, and the urge to protect. I felt it deep in my soul, and I only hope that I would sacrifice my own needs for my child--or any child--in the same situation.
With limited dialogue, we are in the main character's head almost constantly. And I didn't realize it until the end that I didn't even know her name. How could I get to know someone so well and not know her name?
We journey with "Mama" and Lilly as they desperately search for food and water and try to stay alive during the long nights when the monsters hunt them. While reading, I felt that these creatures made me think of those in I Am Legend, the Will Smith movie. I loved them in that movie, and here as well! And by love, I mean I am in awe of their creepy aggressiveness and frightening appearance. It's a love/hate relationship, really.
The main character tells another woman that "hope is what gets you killed," yet she finds herself hoping to find food. Hoping to see the light of another day. Hoping, hoping, hoping. Even though it pains her to do it, she realizes that hope seems to be the only thing left. That's sort of how I felt while reading this book. I wanted to hope for the best outcome for her and her Honeybee. Yet, as the creatures close in on them, it was hard to keep feeling that hope. Desperation clawed its way in, and I kept expecting to see her end their hunger and thirst, and their one-day-at-a-time lives.
I truly loved this story. And while I did have a moment where I cried in the cafeteria at work, hunched over my book and hiding my face so that others couldn't see my tears, I completely understand the ending. "Mama" protected Lilly until she couldn't. I can't wait to see what Riley as in store for us in Book 2!
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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