In Darkness

Author(s): Nick Lake

Young Adult Fiction

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 Soley; 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 seven years ago ...

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Shorty is given a choice. But is he man enough to take it? An audacious and astounding novel that grips the heart and the imagination

WINNER of the 2013 Printz Award.

"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

Nick Lake is the editorial director for fiction at HarperCollins Children's Books and is the author of The Secret Ministry of Frost and Blood Ninja. In Darkness, set in Haiti, is Nick's first book for adults and older teen readers. He first discovered Haitian culture as part of his Master's Degree in Linguistics and has since been fascinated by it. Nick lives near Oxford. http://www.in-darkness.org/

General Fields

  • : 9781408819951
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : 0.246
  • : October 2012
  • : 198mm X 129mm
  • : April 2013
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Nick Lake
  • : Paperback
  • : 1
  • : English
  • : 823.92
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