Blog Tour: Into Darkness by @Hayley__Barrett with a #review and #giveaway

YA Dystopian (Sci-Fi)
Date Published: July 30, 2015

Fifteen-year-old Alexandra Spencer's life was not supposed to turn out this way. She was not supposed to go on trial for a crime she did not commit. She was not supposed to be found guilty. And she was not supposed to be sent to Elder Grey Detention Centre, a place of horrors many don't survive. 

She is however, supposed to be the daughter of the wealthiest, most influential man in the post-apocalyptic city of New Phoenix. 

But apparently, she isn't. 

As Alex struggles to cope with her new life in Elder Grey, an act of friendship ends in tragedy. When someone she thought was an enemy pulls her from her despair, Alex discovers that old friends cannot be trusted, prejudice is another word for fear, and trust, not blood ties, make a family.

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The first thing that I look for when reading a new author and learning about the world they created is for them to be able to make the world come to life for me. This is something that Hayley Barrett really managed to do with Into Darkness. She manages to give great imagery and descriptions to bring the novel to life for her reader. 

I think that the plot and pacing were also very well done. I enjoyed the characters and the flow of the novel. Nothing felt forced and I was fond of the twists and surprises that helped the novel not be predictable. 

Hayley Barrett began writing in the aftermath of the devastating Christchurch earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 as a way of escaping from the ongoing terror of the natural disaster. She spends a little time each day writing and can often be found at her local library wearing headphones and with a lap top attached to her hands.
Hayley lives in Rolleston, ten minutes south of Christchurch, New Zealand, with her husband and three children. When she isn’t driving her kids to their sports practices, games and other after school activities, she enjoys playing squash, relaxing in the sun and reading. Most days she wishes there were more hours available to spend writing.

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