I’m honestly stunned by how long it’s been since I’ve written a book review. When I first started this blog, I expected to be churning these posts out every week. Reading is one of my favorite pastimes, so it seemed like a logical explanation. Perhaps you’ll witness a sudden spike in book-related content over the next few weeks.
Title: The Darkest Hour
Author: Caroline Tung Richmond
Genre: Historical fiction, young adult.
My Rating: 3.7/5
Plot Summary: At the height of World War II, sixteen-year-old Lucie Blaise is an undercover agent working for Covert Operations–a team of Allies trying to take down the Nazis. Lucie is sent on a mission to interrogate an alleged Nazi traitor and unravels a plot to infect millions of people with a deadly virus. Along with a few other members of Covert Operations, Lucie must invade a Nazi laboratory and destroy the threat before it can kill millions.
Consensus: Overall, I found this book to be quite an engaging read. I must admit that before I started the novel I had a few doubts. Historical fiction stories, especially ones set in the World War II era, often seem overdone and unoriginal to me. The genre and the setting are so saturated that it’s rare to find something authentic. “The Darkest Hour,” however, brought plenty of light to an overused backdrop. From beginning to end, the book feels fresh and suspenseful. I found myself fascinated by the high-intensity of the story. Each chapter is packed with action, but not so much that the plot feels likes it’s too chaotic. Plus, the chapters transition from one another well, so the novel carries along very fluidly. Nothing feels jagged or out-of-place. Essentially, “The Darkest Hour” is a captivating story that makes for a great afternoon read. If you’re looking for something that’s short and entertaining, I’d definitely suggest giving it a try.
What’s your favorite historical fiction novel?