In Darkness, Hardback Book
3 out of 5 (4 ratings)

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In darkness I count my blessings like Manman taught me.

One. I am alive. Two. There is no two. Trapped beneath the rubble of the Haitian earthquake of 2012, a teenage boy is terrified, desperate and alone.

A child of the slums, Shorty has been drawn into the world of the gangsters who rule his broken city, a world that turns dreams into dust and boys into killers.

But Shorty has a secret: a flame of revenge that burns inside him, a flame that fires his resolve to find the twin sister stolen from him seven years ago.

In the darkness the line between the present and the past begins to blur and, as Shorty fights for life, his struggle becomes part of a two-hundred-year-old story - a story of courage and betrayal, of freedom and of hope.

For Shorty may not be quite as alone as he believes.

Sometimes, on the other of darkness, there is only death...And sometimes there is light.

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  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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  • Category: General
  • ISBN: 9781408824184

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Shorty was in the hospital when the earthquake hit Haiti. His room caved around him and he now slips in and out of consciousness. When he's awake he tells the reader the story of his life; his birth, his twin sister; how he got involved with the gangs and how he ended up in the hospital. When he's not conscious the reader follows Toussaint L'Overtour, the leader of the slave rebellion in Haiti. Both Toussaint and Shorty are twins who lose their other halves, allowing them to kind of complete each other's souls and get this view of each other.<br/><br/>I didn't think I was going to enjoy this book. I thought it was going to be depressing and I was going to have to force myself to plow through it. I was wrong. I actually really enjoyed this. Shorty's life story is violent and difficult to say the very least. Sometimes I had to remind myself that Shorty is 14 years olds and still a baby in so many ways. There's also the horror of being stuck in building surrounded by dead bodies. <br/><br/>Toussaint's story is also interesting. I remembered the name from various history classes and that he was the liberator of Haiti but not much more. Of course the details were nuanced by the author for this work of fiction but that didn't make me less interested. He was clearly very level headed and led an interesting life. The details of how he lead his people were inspiring and his betrayal was heartbreaking.<br/><br/>The real reason I probably enjoyed this story so much was because the ending was moving and full of hope. The book describes some truly horrible actions on the part of many different characters. These are made even sadder because some of them are true or based on true instances. With all the horrible things that happen in the book I was relieved to see that Shorty felt like he was going to be able to change his life and that hopefully he would have a bright future.<br/><br/>

Review by
3

Shorty was in the hospital when the earthquake hit Haiti. His room caved around him and he now slips in and out of consciousness. When he's awake he tells the reader the story of his life; his birth, his twin sister; how he got involved with the gangs and how he ended up in the hospital. When he's not conscious the reader follows Toussaint L'Overtour, the leader of the slave rebellion in Haiti. Both Toussaint and Shorty are twins who lose their other halves, allowing them to kind of complete each other's souls and get this view of each other.<br/><br/>I didn't think I was going to enjoy this book. I thought it was going to be depressing and I was going to have to force myself to plow through it. I was wrong. I actually really enjoyed this. Shorty's life story is violent and difficult to say the very least. Sometimes I had to remind myself that Shorty is 14 years olds and still a baby in so many ways. There's also the horror of being stuck in building surrounded by dead bodies. <br/><br/>Toussaint's story is also interesting. I remembered the name from various history classes and that he was the liberator of Haiti but not much more. Of course the details were nuanced by the author for this work of fiction but that didn't make me less interested. He was clearly very level headed and led an interesting life. The details of how he lead his people were inspiring and his betrayal was heartbreaking.<br/><br/>The real reason I probably enjoyed this story so much was because the ending was moving and full of hope. The book describes some truly horrible actions on the part of many different characters. These are made even sadder because some of them are true or based on true instances. With all the horrible things that happen in the book I was relieved to see that Shorty felt like he was going to be able to change his life and that hopefully he would have a bright future.<br/><br/>

Review by
3

Shorty was in the hospital when the earthquake hit Haiti. His room caved around him and he now slips in and out of consciousness. When he's awake he tells the reader the story of his life; his birth, his twin sister; how he got involved with the gangs and how he ended up in the hospital. When he's not conscious the reader follows Toussaint L'Overtour, the leader of the slave rebellion in Haiti. Both Toussaint and Shorty are twins who lose their other halves, allowing them to kind of complete each other's souls and get this view of each other.<br/><br/>I didn't think I was going to enjoy this book. I thought it was going to be depressing and I was going to have to force myself to plow through it. I was wrong. I actually really enjoyed this. Shorty's life story is violent and difficult to say the very least. Sometimes I had to remind myself that Shorty is 14 years olds and still a baby in so many ways. There's also the horror of being stuck in building surrounded by dead bodies. <br/><br/>Toussaint's story is also interesting. I remembered the name from various history classes and that he was the liberator of Haiti but not much more. Of course the details were nuanced by the author for this work of fiction but that didn't make me less interested. He was clearly very level headed and led an interesting life. The details of how he lead his people were inspiring and his betrayal was heartbreaking.<br/><br/>The real reason I probably enjoyed this story so much was because the ending was moving and full of hope. The book describes some truly horrible actions on the part of many different characters. These are made even sadder because some of them are true or based on true instances. With all the horrible things that happen in the book I was relieved to see that Shorty felt like he was going to be able to change his life and that hopefully he would have a bright future.<br/><br/>

Review by
3

Shorty was in the hospital when the earthquake hit Haiti. His room caved around him and he now slips in and out of consciousness. When he's awake he tells the reader the story of his life; his birth, his twin sister; how he got involved with the gangs and how he ended up in the hospital. When he's not conscious the reader follows Toussaint L'Overtour, the leader of the slave rebellion in Haiti. Both Toussaint and Shorty are twins who lose their other halves, allowing them to kind of complete each other's souls and get this view of each other.<br/><br/>I didn't think I was going to enjoy this book. I thought it was going to be depressing and I was going to have to force myself to plow through it. I was wrong. I actually really enjoyed this. Shorty's life story is violent and difficult to say the very least. Sometimes I had to remind myself that Shorty is 14 years olds and still a baby in so many ways. There's also the horror of being stuck in building surrounded by dead bodies. <br/><br/>Toussaint's story is also interesting. I remembered the name from various history classes and that he was the liberator of Haiti but not much more. Of course the details were nuanced by the author for this work of fiction but that didn't make me less interested. He was clearly very level headed and led an interesting life. The details of how he lead his people were inspiring and his betrayal was heartbreaking.<br/><br/>The real reason I probably enjoyed this story so much was because the ending was moving and full of hope. The book describes some truly horrible actions on the part of many different characters. These are made even sadder because some of them are true or based on true instances. With all the horrible things that happen in the book I was relieved to see that Shorty felt like he was going to be able to change his life and that hopefully he would have a bright future.<br/><br/>

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