Arena has left the nation’s administration with a dead president and a weakened military, and while the tragic memories continue to scar her, the government struggles to regroup without its leader. For the people who still remain in hiding, it’s evident the country is all but lost, and with Russian operatives taking over, the nation’s hope of recovering is grim.
After months in hiding, Arena and her brother, Gabriel, fight to survive the aftermath while they trudge through unkindly terrain across the country to rejoin their friends, but what they soon discover may staunch their journey. The government’s failed attempt to rebirth a broken nation has caused civil unrest like no other.
After reuniting with their friends, Arena’s decision to stay changes when she discovers the secrets of a refugee camp behind a clandestine group of rebels, known as the Southern Resistance. With an opportunity to escape to a permanent safe haven, Arena risks her life to lead the new fellowship. But the darkest days are upon them, and with a new war brewing, Arena’s path will take a dark turn as her survival is in jeopardy.
Into The Darkness captures the cruel truth behind our darkest secrets which may often cause us to question our faith. In this graphic second installment of the Last Light Falling series, J.E. Plemons continues the grim story of Arena Power’s fate, testing her faith while she and her brother search for an answer to their survival in a brooding world filled with chaos.
*I received a free copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review*
I am giving Into The Darkness by J.E. Plemons 5/5 stars.
I’m going to be untraditional and jump right to the end of this book briefly, because I finished reading it about 30 minutes ago and I’m still freaking out about. I was going into the last few pages and I felt very confident in myself about knowing which route the end was taking, but then the last two pages flipped my world upside down.
This ending is probably one of my favorite plot twists/cliffhanger endings that I’ve ran into in a long time. That being said, I will be freaking out waiting for the third book in the Last Light Falling series to come out so I can what comes of it.
Now let’s back track to the rest of the novel haha! Into The Darkness is the second book in the Last Light Falling series by J.E. Plemons and starts off a few months after the event that take place in The Covenant. I have to say, that my favorite part of this book was all the character development that happened throughout it. All the characters that were introduced in The Covenant that return in Into The Darkness receive some kind of development, whether it is in terms of their skills/responsibility in the fellowship that Arena and Gabe have created with their allies or emotional development. Of course the biggest focus is on Arena, and how the events that have taken place have affected her wellbeing.
Throughout the novel you see Arena struggle with emotionally and mentally with the death of Jacob almost over a year ago, and also with all the killing she had done in the last year. You can really see Arena slipping into a darkness , that if she doesn’t pull herself together could really harm not only herself, but the other people in her life. This development was amazing to see and also scary, but Plemons counteracts it with a softer and nurturing side to Arena as well. There are quite a few times throughout the book that you notice a very maternal side to Arena, especially when she dealing with Allison and Luke. I found this to be quite interesting to see as, in the first book she Arena seems harsh and cold towards anyone who isn’t family or friends, but she takes to these two younger children in a protective and sweet manor. I can understand why she does this, as both her Mom and Myra (foster mom) have passed away and she knows how it feels to be without a mother in one’s life.
I was happy to see that Gabe was able to shine through more in this book. Despite being the male lead in the series I felt like he was in the shadow of Arena through most of The Covenant, but he really made his mark on me as the male lead in Into The Darkness. Granted, Gabe was used a lot to add comedic parts in my opinion to counteract Arena’s broodiness, you also see him stick up to Arena in a sense of a moral compass as she struggles with her difficulties. Granted I don’t know what the third book is going to hold for Gabe, when it comes out, but I hope he continues to grow as a character.
While The Covenant was very much action packed after the brief introduction part of the book, Into The Darkness isn’t as action packed. I honestly found this to be quite refreshing as it allowed for the development of all the characters to come through. Now don’t get me wrong, there is plenty of action throughout the book, but it is much more spread out and not as overwhelming. Into The Darkness really just shows readers the after mass of the events in The Covenant, how it affected the world, and the characters and sets up what I think will be the up and coming final battle of good vs. evil.
About the Author:
Jay Plemons’ life is nothing short of ordinary. From an aspiring chef, carpenter, educator, musician, husband, and father, nothing ever seems too busy when adding yet another hat into the mix as a fiction novelist. With a degree in music business, and a minor in English from Middle Tennessee State University, the aspirations to continue his journey in the arts, has followed Jay to write the Last Light Falling series, which has not only touched on some of his personal experiences, but has also helped him further explore the heightened convictions of faith. Though his first love is music, writing has profoundly changed the way he expresses himself to others, which has recently impacted his son to follow in those same emotional footsteps. When Jay isn’t drumming, writing is his cure to life’s distractions.
Jay’s only philosophy is to enjoy whatever time you can whenever you can, with whoever you can, because the uncertainties that tomorrow may bring will have a profound impact on how you give your time today. If we could all just stop for a moment and enjoy the little things in life that make the big things worthwhile, our troubles would all seem inconsequential.
Raised in a fundamentally sound Christian home, Jay’s quest for knowledge was under a jaded, but compassionate moral compass. But with all questions about life, there’s never a good time for harsh scrutiny, but being a child of God, timing is everything. While scrutiny may come under experiences, it’s our experiences that breeds humility, and that’s what bridges our relationship with God. This is the true nature in which man may take several paths before realizing his chosen path was never meant to be in judgment, hidden in shame and guilt, or riddled with harm. We may not understand the world around us, but comprehending its vast secrets was never the true intentions of our being. We were called to serve one another and accept a gift greater than our minds can possibly fathom–love.