Lost to time, Tuck Morgan and his crew have slept in stasis aboard the USS John Muir for centuries. Their ship harbors a chunk of Earth, which unbeknownst to them, is the last hope for the failing human race. Laura Cruz is a ship raider searching the galaxy for the history that was scattered to the stars. Once her family locates the John Muir and its precious cargo, they are certain human civilization is saved. When Tuck’s and Laura’s worlds collide—literally—the two teens must outwit their enemies, evade brutal monsters that kill with sound and work together to save the John Muir, and the whole human race. From Courtney Alameda, the author of Shutter, this thrilling, sci-fi horror and space adventure will be sure to stay with readers long after the last pages.
You know, it has to be incredibly hard to write a good horror story nowadays, especially with so many that have already been done. Surely most everyone has already become so desensitized to the horror effects and what truly puts one on edge by now. However, Pitch Dark’s author, Courtney Alameda, creates a nightmare that keeps you glued to your seat because this book has a new feel for this genre. Something we’re all missing.
This book had me hooked within a few beginning pages. It starts out with Tuck (one of our antagonists in the story) being awakened from a 400-year stasis to find his ship, the John Muir, thrown into deep space and will most likely never be found again. A terrorist organization causing Laura Cruz’s, (a young hacker and our other antagonist) ship to recklessly into the John Muir, killing many on board, and which is also designed to preserve all of the natural resources from planet Earth during a world crisis that ended up driving every human from it.
Laura and Tuck find themselves face to face in the Muir’s deep tunnels and must work together to try to get their power restored before everyone on board dies from lack of oxygen and freezing temperatures. Not long after this, Tuck and other survivors are embroiled in a battle with the monsters, another ship, carrying scientists and archaeologists from post-apocalypse Earth discovers them and is about to come alongside to explore for artifacts and something desperately needed to revive Earth.
Laura now finds herself having to face former-human monsters who kill by screaming, having to flee an unknown hacker who always knows where she is, and having to evade the wealthy family who use technology to try to control her. She finds herself in a lot of trouble when she discovers that there is another hacker on board, and not an ethical hacker, but a malicious one.
With other ships trying to colonize Mars, we learn about other ships who are raiding lost ships to try to find any surviving life. Laura and Tuck realize that they must fight together to save the severely damaged ship, its natural resources, and all that’s left of the surviving members of both crews.
About the book Author
A veteran bookseller and librarian, Courtney Alameda now spends her days writing thriller and horror novels. Her debut novel, SHUTTER, was nominated for a Bram Stoker Award and hailed as a “standout in the genre” by School Library Journal. Her forthcoming novels include the science fiction/horror mashup, PITCH DARK, a Junior Library Guild selection, and SEVEN DEADLY SHADOWS, an urban fantasy set in Japan. (Co-authored with Valynne Maetani. HarperTeen 2019). Courtney holds a degree in English literature with an emphasis in creative writing. She is represented by John M. Cusick of Folio Literary. A northern California native, she now resides in Utah with her husband and a five-pound cat.
Title: Pitch Dark
Author: Courtney Alamedan
Published Date: February 20, 2018
Genre: Horror Horror, Thriller, Mystery
Publisher: Titan Books
Format: Hardcover, Paperback, Kindle
Pages: 384 pages
Reviewed by: Mad Hatter
Our Rating: 4.2 /5
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