Book: Pitch Dark by Courtney Alameda
Release Date: February 20th 2018
Tags: Sci-Fi / Space / Horror / Young Adult / POC / Hispanic Origin / Own Voices /
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Tuck has been in stasis on the USS John Muir, a ship that houses Earth’s most valued artifacts—its natural resources. Parks and mountains are preserved in space.
Laura belongs to a shipraiding family, who are funded by a group used to getting what they want. And they want what’s on the Muir.
Tuck and Laura didn’t bargain on working together, or battling mutant aliens who use sound to kill. But their plan is the only hope for their crews, their families, and themselves.
In space, nobody can hear you scream . . . but on the John Muir, the screams are the last thing you’ll hear.
Ever since I first read Shutter in 2015 I think and I looked up the author’s upcoming books I have been anticipating this one. Everything about it sounded so epic. Especially once the cover was released. I had to have it. Unfortunately for me the release was pushed back at least twice. So my anticipation and expectations rose.
While I still very much enjoyed reading Pitch Dark I can’t help but feel somewhat disappointed by the overall execution of the plot, regarding the science-fiction and world building elements most of all. I felt like I just missed a lot. A lot of the plot nearing the ending banks on this element of these terrorists called Pitch Dark. But we know so little of them and their motivations are only briefly mentioned. I just missed so much detail on that to ever consider them some kind of real threat and it took out a big tension element of the book.
I did quite enjoy following the stories of our two main characters. Tuck most of all as I loved his sense of humor and his references to our pop culture. Laura was very difficult to follow at the start. Not because of her personality but because of the situation she was in, being forced to do something she absolutely does not want to do. I felt for her. Laura is also from origin Hispanic (though in this future countries/nations are called different) as is almost the whole crew of her ship. That sense of family carried well throughout the book.
The author herself is Hispanic so this is also own voices. In the book the character Laura shares that the character of Lara Croft was actually a Hispanic female called Laura before she was changed to what we know. That I did not know and was very interesting to read. This Laura is a nod to that the author shares in her end word. She also shares why it took her a while to publish this book as she changed things when Trump became president. It does put elements of this book in a different light.
Moving on towards the romance though and that gave me a large WTF moment. I felt so little chemistry, the ‘well he/she is cute’ thoughts were forced. They barely knew each other for longer than a day? So that was just a big no for me. I could not get on board. And I’ll be honest and say that I think that Tuck and Alex had more chemistry on the page in the few scenes they had than Tuck and Laura ever had.