Darlings – Entered in 2017 Book Award Contest

4 Stars

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Nick Rester

In Nick Rester’s Darlings, young adults called Irises are afflicted with a disease that causes them to die on their twenty-second birthday. One of these is Fey Davis, the youngest of them all. He falls in love with the leader of their group, Marcy Darling. Their love is destined for tragedy, though, as their deaths creep closer and closer.

Darlings’ plot is a bit unclear in the beginning, leading to a fair bit of confusion surrounding the Irises and what is going on with them. There isn’t nearly as much detail about their disease as there could be, either; it’s a fascinating and unique concept that certainly could have delved into deeper detail about it all. Most unfortunate of all, perhaps, is Darlings’ dire need of editing. There are many mistakes that distract from the story, and this is not a story that readers should be distracted from.

Darlings is an intriguing and poignant novel, full of excellent imagery and heart-wrenching emotional scenes. It expertly blends romance, science fiction, young adult themes, and mature social commentary in an exhilarating roller coaster of a reading experience. Nick Rester writes with a creative, down-to-earth style that draws the reader in and keeps them hooked from beginning to end. The world and characters he’s created are realistic and believable, inspiring emotional attachment to and pure devastation for each character throughout the book. Darlings is an incredible, exciting journey that will stick in your mind long after you’ve read it – in all the best ways.

Originally critiqued by a member of the Authors Talk About It team.

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