In Darkness by Nick LakeIn Darkness by Nick Lake

In Darkness

byNick Lake

Hardcover | January 17, 2012

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Winner of the 2013 Michael L. Printz Award

Bloomsbury is proud to be the global publisher of In Darkness, a stunning tour-de-force set in the aftermath of a devastating earthquake. "Shorty" is a Haitian boy trapped in the ruins of a hospital when the earth explodes around him. Surrounded by lifeless bodies and growing desperately weak from lack of food and water, death seems imminent. Yet as Shorty waits in darkness for a rescue that may never come, he becomes aware of another presence, one reaching out to him across two hundred years of history. It is the presence of slave and revolutionary leader Toussaint L'Ouverture, whose life was marred by violence, and whose own end came in darkness. What unites a child of the slums with the man who would shake a troubled country out of slavery? Is it the darkness they share . . . or is it hope?

Raw, harrowing, and peopled with vibrant characters, In Darkness is an extraordinary book about the cruelties of man and nature, and the valiant, ongoing struggle for a country's very survival.

Nick Lake is the much-acclaimed author of In Darkness, winner of the Michael L. Printz Award, and Hostage Three, which received three starred reviews and was named a Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, and Boston Globe Best Book of the Year. Nick became fascinated by Haitian culture while pursuing his master's degree in linguis...
Title:In DarknessFormat:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 8.17 × 5.55 × 1.12 inPublished:January 17, 2012Publisher:Bloomsbury USALanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1599907437

ISBN - 13:9781599907437


Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Decent Read In Darkness is a raw, harrowing book about the twisted cruelties of man and nature, and the ongoing struggle for a countries survival. It brings vibrant characters which instantly create a deep connection with the reader. Although at certain points, due to the time skips of “now and then” and their constant intertwining the context can be quite confusing and difficult to follow. Continuing on that the slang of the writing style can be misinterpreted in one doesn’t previously understand the terms. In Darkness brings to light the difficult times of developing countries and their never ending struggle; a very interesting but difficult read overall.
Date published: 2012-03-26

Editorial Reviews

"A vivid and unforgettable voice ... incredibly moving." -The Times"Unputdownable" -Daily Mail"Gripping ... beautifully subtle." -New York Times"Both violent and subtle, unexpectedly reminding me of The Wire. Characters, settings, and the half-believed Haitian vodou religion are handled with patience and complexity ... A serious, nuanced, challenging novel. Trust me, there are plenty of young readers who hunger for exactly that." -Patrick Ness, Guardian"Remarkable ... Lake's elegant, restrained prose and distinct characters will reward adults and older teenagers able to brave a story with strong language, harrowing scenes of brutality and an almost painful stab of joy at the end." -Wall Street Journal