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"Chilling and all too plausible. . . . Readers are going to love Dark Days." --Emma Pass, author of "Acid"
"Deadly cyborgs in the grimmest of worlds with a heroine who still dares to hope. The pages utterly flew by." --Elsie Chapman, author of the "Dualed" series


Chilling and all too plausible. . . . Readers are going to love Dark Days. Emma Pass, author of "Acid"
"Deadly cyborgs in the grimmest of worlds with a heroine who still dares to hope. The pages utterly flew by." Elsie Chapman, author of the "Dualed" series"

About the Author

Kate Ormand, an English writer, recently graduated from university with a BA in fine art painting. In her spare time, Kate loves long walks with her cocker spaniel, Freddy; reading teen novels; and painting her nails. This is her first novel. She lives with her family, her partner, and her dog in Cheshire, United Kingdom.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1650 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Sky Pony Press (3 Jun. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00J75ISEY
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #560,011 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Fast paced, thrilling and very enjoyable, Kate Ormand’s Dark Days is a YA dystopia story that everyone should read!

The clock is ticking for Sia. She only has two weeks left before the Cyborgs come invade the sector that she lives and destroys everyone who hasn’t been picked to go live in the New World because her and her family have been deemed to be too ordinary. Determined to spend her last days enjoying life by doing the things she’s never done before, Sia isn’t prepared to meet a boy called Mace, because Mace makes her start questioning things and opening her up to what’s really going on around her. Suddenly Sia has to do the impossible and try to stop the Cyborgs before they invade her sector, but it is a job that is doomed from the start?

I loved the concept of Dark Days! When you first meet Sia she already knows her fate, so we don’t actually see the announcement about Sia’s sector being the next to be destroyed. The ticking clock at the start of each chapter really pumped up my excitement levels, because with each day you know that time is running out for Sia and her family and I so desperately wanted her to have a happy ever after. I really enjoyed the entire story, there’s always something going on and Kate Ormand wrote it in a way that makes you question even the smallest things and by trying to figure out how the story will end. The plot was fast paced and intriguing, and there wasn’t a dull moment.

I really liked Sia and Mace. I thought they were great together – not just romantically – but as friends too. I liked that they could open up to one another and experience new things together. But what I loved was how Mace introduces Sia to a new life, one she’s never really wished for until she met him because she didn’t think that hope existed.
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By hross42877 TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 3 Jun. 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
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Okay where do I start with this one!

If you are familiar with my blog then you will know that I am huge fan of the dystopian genre, I love books set in a disturbing future, I like an unseen threat, I like a little romance and I also like a trilogy.

This book has most of those things!

Set in the future, where people are living in sectors, time is running out for Sia and her parents, in 15 days she will die and the clock is ticking.

The residents of the sector live in terror of this day coming, surrounded by thick walls they hide away, thinking they can lie low, hidden away from the terror they know will be coming when the clock runs out.

The lucky ones are the families who have been deemed useful enough to go the new world, where they live comfortably not like in sectors where people rob each other for food and a curfew keeps everybody at bay.

Sia has a list of things she wants to do before she dies and she goes about checking them off. Along the way she meets Mace, despite not trusting him at first they set off on a journey to survive along with those close to them, to fight back against what is coming.

Whats coming is cyborgs and they are the cause of this book being extremely bloody in places - the cyborgs kind of remind me of a cross between the Terminator as portrayed by Arnold Schwarzennegger and the latest incarnation of the cylons in Battlestar Galactica, they are really quite terrifying.

I think the most terrifying thing of all is knowing that something like that is coming to kill you and there is nothing you can do about it apart from try and hide, which as you read on you will discover that ain't gonna happen!
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By gk on 3 Jun. 2014
Format: Hardcover
'Dark Days' is a debut YA, dystopian novel by talented author, Kate Ormand. Set in a hostile future, 'Dark Days' follows Sia, a feisty teenage girl, who lives in a town surrounded by steel fences. In just fifteen days time, a cyborg army will be sent from The New World to destroy Sia and everyone she knows. There's nowhere to run and nowhere to hide. Sia has to stay and watch the town's digital clock count down to her death.

First of all, I read the majority of this book in a day because I couldn't stop (which is just not something that tends to happen to me). Ormand's writing is seamless and perfectly paced. The action scenes in this novel amazed me - they were so well executed, and never felt tedious or confused. The world depicted in the novel was also outstanding. It felt very real and I could easily visualise the environment and setting.

But the characters stole the show! Sia was wonderfully feisty and tough, yet so relatable and likeable. There was a particularly dreamy guy (the love story in this novel is so cute and heart-warning) but my all time favourite character had to be Sia's dad! The father-daughter relationship in 'Dark Days' was so refreshingly different to most YA, which tends to focus on the love story. I so enjoyed reading about Sia and her dad, Len - I think that I would probably ship them ;).

I would recommend this book to everyone! It was so good!
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I loved Dark Days. Loved, loved, loved it. The idea of the clock counting down the days in the sectors is fantastic – it creates such a strong (and frightening!) image in your mind. I love the way the chapter headings reflect the countdown, too. The world building is fantastic – I felt it really worked, and the reasons for the creation of the New World and the sectors are chilling and all too plausible. The cyborgs are terrifying and the battle scenes are fantastic. The mix of fast-paced scenes and quieter moments is perfect and they sweep you effortlessly through the story.

Sia is tough and brave, but has a vulnerability that makes it really easy to empathise with her and warm to her. And Mace is the perfect sidekick – the chemistry between him and Sia crackles off the page and their romance is sweet and realistic, providing a perfect counterpoint to the darker themes of the novel.

I think readers are going to love Dark Days, especially fans of Divergent or The Hunger Games, and I hope it enjoys the success it richly deserves.
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