Sunday, February 21, 2010
Author: Jaime Rush
Publishing Date: 2009
Book Disclosure: I bought this book new.
Out of the Darkness is the second book in Jaime Rush's Offspring series. Zoe Stoker is a tattoo artist and owns her own studio. Her whole life she has had to keep a tight leash on her emotions. When she loses control things have a tendency to move without anyone touching them. She ends up running for her life when someone tries to kill her. While on the run she is rescued by a strange man who takes her to a group of young people also in hiding. These people all have something in common - some sort of psychic trait.
One of the things that I really like about this series is that it has a full ensemble cast. There are a group of characters who are holed up together. In order to survive they are forced to live and work together. The interaction between the different personalities is really well done. I also like that the story has a good verse evil vibe, but it's not entirely clear cut who is good and who is bad. The varying shades of grey make it more interesting.
The two main characters in this story, Zoe and Rand are both loners by nature. They each have learned based on past experience not to rely on anyone else but themselves. They have kept an emotional distance from everyone. The fact that they are drawn to each other is very unsettling to them. They fight their attraction for most of the book. Rand fights it more than Zoe and after a while it did get a little old. Although these two do end up at the end of the story their declaration of love wasn't completely convincing. However, I do think that there will be room in future books to see these two grow as a couple.
This book can be purchased in print or kindle format from Amazon.