Friday, April 10, 2015

A to Z Challenge 2015: I - In Darkness

TGIF Challengers!

Only one more day to go before our Sunday break.

Today we have the the letter I. I could have gone with Interstellar, or maybe I'll Give You the Sun, by Jandy Nelson, but I haven't actually gotten around to reading that one yet.

In Darkness, by Nick Lake won the Michael L. Printz award for 2013, as well as a nomination for the Carnegie Medal in Literature.

Today's 2015 April A to Z Blogging Challenge story for the letter I:

In Darkness

So authentic and details it feels more like a biography than a fictional tale, In Darkness is a masterful accomplishment.

Here is the summary from Goodreads:

In darkness I count my blessings like Manman taught me. One: I am alive. Two: there is no two. In the aftermath of the Haitian earthquake a boy is trapped beneath the rubble of a ruined hospital: thirsty, terrified and alone. 'Shorty' is a child of the slums, a teenage boy who has seen enough violence to last a lifetime, and who has been inexorably drawn into the world of the gangsters who rule Site Soleil: men who dole out money with one hand and death with the other. But Shorty has a secret: a flame of revenge that blazes inside him and a burning wish to find the twin sister he lost five years ago. And he is marked. Marked in a way that links him with Toussaint L'Ouverture, the Haitian rebel who two-hundred years ago led the slave revolt and faced down Napoleon to force the French out of Haiti. As he grows weaker, Shorty relives the journey that took him to the hospital, a bullet wound in his arm. In his visions and memories he hopes to find the strength to survive, and perhaps then Toussaint can find a way to be free ...

Author: Nick Lake

That's it! Please come back tomorrow!

18 comments:

Julia Matthews said...

Never heard of this book. Sounds sad.

Stephanie Finnell said...

Summer's coming and my back porch and a good book like this one are on my to do list :)
Visiting from A to Z

Jeremy Hawkins said...

intrigued! thank you for sharing..

Dani said...

This sounds like a great read!

Zannie Shaman said...

enjoying your enjoyment

zannierose A-Z

Bish Denham said...

Oh wow! THIS is definitely going on my TBR list!

Nadine_Feldman said...

Sounds excellent! I'll add it to my list.

S. L. Hennessy said...

I haven't heard of this one but I'm adding it to my list!

Good luck with the 2015 A to Z Challenge!
A to Z Co-Host S. L. Hennessy
http://pensuasion.blogspot.com

Stephen Tremp said...

Have to say I'm looking forward to that Sunday break!

Michael G-G said...

Sounds fascinating, and the cover rocks!

Sue Kuentz said...

So glad you stopped by to visit - I've got your blog on my radar now. I just retired as a librarian and enjoy reading what others recommend. I have to say it's nice to read recommendations for adults - most of my reading has been for children and young adult. Thank you!
A-Z Challenge: http://www.door2lore.com/power-of-story-blog

Fantasy Writer Guy said...

I'm sold! off to the library catalogue...

Elizabeth Mueller said...

Hi, Matthew!

Thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment. It's really great to see old buddies still around. Though I have not been faithful to blogging, it is so sad when a blogger drops out of the blogosphere. :(

Nice to be back! I hope I can stay back--it is a challenge since babykins was born 2 years ago! :)

Elizabeth Mueller
AtoZ 2015
My Little Pony

Jennifer Hawes said...

Sounds like a good read! Thanks for stopping by my blog:)

Pearson Report said...

Thanks for sharing this read - sounds intriguing, interesting too.

The bit you've given really makes me want to find out what happens.

Thanks for dropping by my blog - always a treat to see you.

Sent with smiles, Jenny, Pearson Report
2015 A to Z Challenge Ambassador
@PearsonReport

Rebecca Douglass said...

Dang, that sounds like a great book! Thanks for coming by my blog--I've a lot to visit, after a week away from computers :0

Mina Burrows said...

In the Darkness sounds interesting. And that cover is awesome.

Lisa said...

After the earthquake I wrote a short story in honor of the people hardest hit. This sounds like a great story. I'll put it on my list to check into... Lisa, co-host AtoZ 2015, @ http://www.lisabuiecollard.com