Welcome to my tour stop for The Seekers Series, The Children of Darkness & The Stuff of Stars by David Litwack. This is a science fiction dystopian series from Evolved Publishing. For the full schedule see the tour page.
The Children of Darkness
by David Litwack
“But what are we without dreams?”
A thousand years ago the Darkness came—a terrible time of violence, fear, and social collapse when technology ran rampant. But the vicars of the Temple of Light brought peace, ushering in an era of blessed simplicity. For ten centuries they have kept the madness at bay with “temple magic,” and by eliminating forever the rush of progress that nearly caused the destruction of everything.
Childhood friends, Orah and Nathaniel, have always lived in the tiny village of Little Pond, longing for more from life but unwilling to challenge the rigid status quo. When their friend Thomas returns from the Temple after his “teaching”—the secret coming-of-age ritual that binds young men and women eternally to the Light—they barely recognize the broken and brooding young man the boy has become. Then when Orah is summoned as well, Nathaniel follows in a foolhardy attempt to save her.
In the prisons of Temple City, they discover a terrible secret that launches the three on a journey to find the forbidden keep, placing their lives in jeopardy, for a truth from the past awaits that threatens the foundation of the Temple. If they reveal that truth, they might once again release the potential of their people.
Yet they would also incur the Temple’s wrath as it is written: “If there comes among you a prophet saying, ‘Let us return to the darkness,’ you shall stone him, because he has sought to thrust you away from the Light.”
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The Stuff of Stars
by David Litwack
This second book in The Seekers dystopian series continues the story started in the critically-acclaimed The Children of Darkness.
Against all odds, Orah and Nathaniel have found the keep and revealed the truth about the darkness, initiating what they hoped would be a new age of enlightenment. But the people were more set in their ways than anticipated, and a faction of vicars whispered in their ears, urging a return to traditional ways.
Desperate to keep their movement alive, Orah and Nathaniel cross the ocean to seek the living descendants of the keepmasters’ kin. Those they find on the distant shore are both more and less advanced than expected.
The seekers become caught between the two sides, and face the challenge of bringing them together to make a better world. The prize: a chance to bring home miracles and a more promising future for their people. But if they fail this time, they risk not a stoning but losing themselves in the twilight of a never-ending dream.
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It’s been a long time since I was seriously intrigued by a dystopian series. While this series started out a bit slow, the plot of the series kept me flipping pages. Think of a time in the future where creativity is not allowed and where you only learn the things that you are meant to be taught and if you don’t adhere to these rules you will be put to a “teaching” that will change the very way you are. Litwack does an amazing job of making this simplistically futuristic era of time still relate to present day in a slightly terrifying way. At first I found the idea of this plot very generic, but as the story progressed I was pleasantly surprised by each twist and turn thrown at me.
I love this trio of characters. I was engrossed by the lies and theories of the Temple of Light while completely supportive of the quest of the trio, Orah, Nathaniel and Thomas. While most dystopian series focus on the physical aspect of how the main characters will survive the trials and tribulations of their culture The Seekers Series focus mainly on the philosophical side of their culture. A peaceful culture ran by a tyranny makes you really question the morality of any government.
While reading, I felt challenged mentally by view of these books. Good and evil are not so cut and dry in my opinion, which I loved. Sure, you have your “good” guys and your “bad” guys. But, both sides have their clear weaknesses and strengths. This was a refreshing aspect to a YA dystopian novel, in which most paint the “good” side as clearly the side you should be casting your vote to no matter the situation while creating such a bad rep for the “bad” side. Whereas, with the Seekers Series, I’m hesitant. Despite that, I thought this series was great nod to the ability of youth standing up against oppression.
About the Author
The urge to write first struck at age sixteen when working on a newsletter at a youth encampment in the woods of northern Maine. It may have been the wild night when lightning flashed at sunset followed by the northern lights rippling after dark. Or maybe it was the newsletter’s editor, a girl with eyes the color of the ocean. But he was inspired to write about the blurry line between reality and the fantastic.
Using two fingers and lots of white-out, he religiously typed five pages a day throughout college and well into his twenties. Then life intervened. He paused to raise two sons and pursue a career, in the process — and without prior plan — becoming a well-known entrepreneur in the software industry, founding several successful companies. When he found time again to daydream, the urge to write returned.
David and his wife split their time between Cape Cod, Florida and anywhere else that catches their fancy. He no longer limits himself to five pages a day and is thankful every keystroke for the invention of the word processor.
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