Review: ‘Darkest Light’ by Hiromi Goto

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Review: ‘Darkest Light’ by Hiromi GotoDarkest Light by Hiromi Goto
Series: Half World #2
Published by Razorbill Canada on January 31st, 2012
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult
Pages: 288
Format: ARC
Source: won
The breathtaking follow-up to the award-winning Half World

Adopted as an infant, Gee has been kept ignorant of his troubled past. Now, at sixteen, he is a loner both despised and feared by his classmates. Dark feelings slowly grow inside him, but as he struggles to control them, his past catches up with him. Abandoning his adoptive grandmother and the place he has called home, Gee is compelled to travel to Half World, one of the Three Realms all living things must pass through. Fractured at one time, the Realms of the Flesh, Spirit and Half World have been reunited, but they are at risk: their fate rests on Gee's own journey of self-discovery. With two unlikely companions, a heartless cat and a self-destructive Neo Goth girl, Gee must fight the monstrous and the horrific and, most difficult of all, he must overcome his own propensity for evil.

Gripping and mesmerizing, Darkest Light is a compelling journey through despair in a desperate search for redemption.

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Gee is all grown up now and he has felt different than anyone. His sister is gone and his grandma who is always there for him is feeble and starts to get sick she says something mysterious about Half World. His parents are there. Together with a new friend he finds along the way, they land in Half World where everything is well dead.

This is definitely a different theme from Half World. Gee struggles to be good when so many obstacles get in his way. Hiromi Goto’s world building is clearly epic. I felt like I was transported in a dark place with no hope, no love and no life.

Darkest Light was definitely more creepy. For example anyone read about homicidal cannibal children? The struggles these souls had in life was so horrible and I can understand why they’re still stuck in Half World and can’t move into the Spirit world.

I wonder if there’s any interest in a movie? I’d love to see it on the big screen!



Emptiness was good. Emptiness meant there was nothing inside that would break and shatter. (75)




1 Comment

  1. Diana Grace

    August 25, 2013 at 10:08 PM

    Nice review! Thanks 🙂

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