Christopher, John. A Dusk of Demons. Aladdin. 2014. $7.99. ISBN 978-4814-2018-1. 176 Pages. Ages 9-13. Q7P7
A dystopian novel based on governmental control by religious fear (not a new concept, though the fear is of The Dark One and not a God figure). Ben, 14 years old, is raised on an island with a foster family. When the patriarch dies, Ben and his family are thrust into a world which forces him to question the life he knew before “Master’s” death, and the religious dogma all live by. The book is easy to follow and even easier to determine what is going to happen next. I assume there is another book after this one because the main character is built up to have a powerful knowledge or power or gift given to him through lineage, but we never see or are given a hint as to what that is. I felt like this could have been a good first half of a book, not the first book in a series. The book ends abruptly and doesn’t spend enough time developing the story around, well, anything. Originally published in 1993 by Simon Pulse.
Verdict: An easy to read dystopian novel with not much imagination. It passes the time.
June 2017 review by Terri Lippert.