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Darkest Light [Hardcover]

Hiromi Goto
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Book Description

Jan. 24 2012

The breathtaking follow-up to the award-winning Half World

Adopted as an infant, Gee has been kept ignorant of his troubled past. Now, at sixteen, he is a loner both despised and feared by his classmates. Dark feelings slowly grow inside him, but as he struggles to control them, his past catches up with him. Abandoning his adoptive grandmother and the place he has called home, Gee is compelled to travel to Half World, one of the Three Realms all living things must pass through. Fractured at one time, the Realms of the Flesh, Spirit and Half World have been reunited, but they are at risk: their fate rests on Gee's own journey of self-discovery. With two unlikely companions, a heartless cat and a self-destructive Neo Goth girl, Gee must fight the monstrous and the horrific—and, most difficult of all, he must overcome his own propensity for evil.

Gripping and mesmerizing, Darkest Light is a compelling journey through despair in a desperate search for redemption.

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“Rich, meditative, and a bittersweet pleasure from beginning to end” - Canadian Children’s Book Centre

“Darkest Light is very smart, right up to its genuinely surprising final scene.” - Quill & Quire (starred review)

About the Author

HIROMI GOTO was born in Chiba-ken, Japan, and immigrated to Canada with her family in 1969. Her first novel, Chorus of Mushrooms, examined the immigration experience and was the 1995 regional winner of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book and co-winner of the Canada-Japan Book Award. She is also the author of a children’s novel, The Water of Possibility, another adult novel, The Kappa Child, which was the 2001 recipient of the James Tiptree Jr., Award, the short story collection Hopeful Monsters, the Sunburst Award-winning Half World and, most recently, the acclaimed Darkest Light. Visit her at hiromigoto.com or on Twitter @hinganai.

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Although I enjoyed Half World I have to say I enjoyed the sequel a whole lot more. I wasn't sure where the story would go but was exited to see how Hiromi Goto pulled off Gee, who was in his past life, the main antagonist of Half World. And I have to say she pulled Gee off splendidly. His character was so different from Melanie. Through the entire book he has an internal struggle and you could see how it was tearing him apart.

Like its predecessor, the world was exceptionally crafted and I could picture the world vividly. The story, characters, ideas - all of them were original and so different from the usual YA with so many books very similar to one another.

The characters were all just so well done and I loved every single one of them. Gee's feisty grandmother, his friend Cracker, the insufferable White Cat - all of them where just loads of fun. The writing pulled me in from the beginning and I was excited to see where Gee's story took me next.

Darkest Light and its predecessor Half World are definitely two books that us YA Canadians should be proud of. If you love a well-crafted fantasy world, a tale of redemption and a cast of fun characters than make sure to check out Darkest Light!
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Gee is all grown up now and he has felt different than anyone. His sister is gone and his grandma who is always there for him is feeble and starts to get sick she says something mysterious about Half World. His parents are there. Together with a new friend he finds along the way, they land in Half World where everything is well dead.
This is definitely a different theme from Half World. Gee struggles to be good when so many osbstacles get in his way. Hiromi Goto's world building is clearly epic. I felt like I was transported in a dark place with no hope, no love and no life.

Darkest Light was definitely more creepy. For example anyone read about homicidal cannibal children? The struggles these souls had in life was so horrible and I can understand why they're still stuck in Half World and can't move into the Spirit world.

I wonder if there's any interest in a movie? I'd love to see it on the big screen!
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