After The Darkness: Episode One

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In a world of never-ending winters and permanent darkness, fourteen-year-old Nadia Comani faces a future of servitude. Can she free herself and her family? More
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About SunHi Mistwalker

SunHi Mistwalker is an award-winning writer who has been writing professionally since the age of fourteen. Born and raised in Chicago, Mistwalker knows a lot about how corruption, poverty, political apathy, and societal dissolution impacts individuals and families.

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Review by: Angie Lenkevich on Aug. 30, 2014 :
Calcane City is not a friendly place to live yet it's all fourteen year old Nadia's got. Nadia knows that any time soon they will be coming for her. Yet she doesn't have anywhere else to go either. Thomas Thumb and Percy Bright are sent out to retrieve dead or alive. Thomas isn't afraid of pocketing more money amongst other things. Percy doesn't want any part of this yet doesn't stop it either. Who would believe him any way. Percy's wife demands more and more which means collecting more and more debt. Where does Nadia end up? What is Thomas' role? When will it all stop? Your answers await you in After The Darkness:Episode One.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: maggiemay1992 on May 19, 2014 :
After the Darkness: Episode One by SunHi Mistwalker is a promising beginning to the After the Darkness serial.

Authorities have broken into the home of Nadia and her sister Mila to take them. Nadia is separated from her sister and sold by the corrupt officers. She is taken to an arena with many other girls on the Day of Service and told to collect as many tokens as possible. The girls fight each other in an attempt to collect them.

After the Darkness: Episode One starts off slowly, but I am looking forward to the other installments. It is too soon to make a recommendation.
(review of free book)

Review by: chaka on May 13, 2014 :
I got it in a giveaway. Thanks for sharing.
It seems to start with 2sisters playing hide and seek, but soon you discover, that it is a much darker story in a harsh and dangerous world. The story line is interesting the characters well written. My problem is the tense it is written in. For me it is hard to follow the flow. I don't think I will keep on reading the other episodes becouse of it.
(review of free book)

Review by: Jana Webb on Dec. 10, 2013 :
In this first episode a young woman and her are captured by picked up by the “Ministry of Retrieval:The Fallen and Errant Special Division. After their arrest the girls are separated.
I enjoyed this first episode but unfortunately feel like I came in after the movie had started. I would have liked to have had a back story providing details on how the world came to be this way and what exactly was considered to be a crime.
That being said, the book was intriguing. One girls struggle to survive in a strange environment kept my attention. And one of her captors seems to be having a crisis of conscience.
I received this book and the other books in the series for free in exchange for this honest review.
(review of free book)

Review by: Nora Black on Sep. 15, 2013 :
Calcane City is a harsh, dispirited place; it is also the setting for a tense and interesting start to what looks to be an engaging read. The idea of making a serial out of the story should keep readers coming back for more, I for one, will continue to read it as it kinda grabs you by the shirt tails and drags you along.
(review of free book)

Review by: Angie Lenkevich on July 12, 2013 :
Calcane City is not a friendly place to live yet it's all fourteen year old Nadia's got. Nadia knows that any time soon they will be coming for her. Yet she doesn't have anywhere else to go either. Thomas Thumb and Percy Bright are sent out to retrieve dead or alive. Thomas isn't afraid of pocketing more money amongst other things. Percy doesn't want any part of this yet doesn't stop it either. Who would believe him any way. Percy's wife demands more and more which means collecting more and more debt. Where does Nadia end up? What is Thomas' role? When will it all stop? Your answers await you in After The Darkness:Episode One.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: roustie on June 23, 2013 :
After The Darkness: Episode One is the first instalment of a serialized novel by SunHi Mistwalker.

As I started reading this, what jumped out the most at me was how the author attempted to use language. I say attempted, because rather than coming off atmospheric and moody, it came off as overly pedantic and like Mistwalker made heavy use of the thesaurus. While this did let up a bit after the first 10 or so pages, it is still extremely persistent, so much so that it completely overshadowed the story that she was trying to create.

The story itself was alright, but it felt a little muddled due to the aforementioned word usage. It was slow to pick up, with not enough scene setting to allow the reader to really connect with the world.

Nadia's character is confused, she tries to sacrifice her sister to save herself, but then a few pages later, she's screaming for her sister and wanting to save her. It didn't feel true, like somebody confused by a situation, rather it felt like the author was confused while writing the story.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Lisa Ritter on May 16, 2013 :
After The Darkness: Episode One is a Sci-fi, futuristic story that is revolving around a new world. There is quite a bit of set up to figuring out this world and you can tell there is more going on that what is described. In this book you meet Nadia, who is captured. She must participate in a "game" that isn't' quite a game when your life hangs in the balance.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: pixiestyx on May 15, 2013 :
I received this book as part of a giveaway. As the first of an episodic novel, this book started off somewhat slowly. The first few pages were somewhat trying and overly descriptive, however the story picks up quickly after that as the author seems to get more comfortable.

We don't see any examples of Nadia's life of privilege in this first episode, instead we see what remains of her life come apart. The concept and plot are interesting so far. I am interested to keep reading the story but will most likely wait to see if the author publishes a collection of the episodes - personal preference as I dislike having a bunch of episodes clutter my library.

Debated 4 stars, would do 3.5 if I could for the heavy handed descriptions at the beginning and a handful of editing issues, but overall a good start.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Lisa on May 15, 2013 :
I really enjoyed this science fiction tale! I haven't read a story told in episodes before and am looking forward to diving in to part two of this story. The writing is very atmospheric and manages to involve the reader and convey a lot of plot and action within a small number of pages. I especially enjoyed the ending which came with a gasp of surprise and sent me looking for the next episode.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Britt Oosterlee on April 19, 2013 :
First episode in a longer story.
I enjoyed the story, it was nicely written and very compelling. Mistwalker paints a grim dystopian world, which reminded me somewhat of the Hunger Games trilogy. A very promising start, I'll definitely keep an eye out for the next episodes.
Too bad it's only one episode, I personally prefer a complete story in stead of parts sold separately.
(reviewed long after purchase)

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