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When the stars fall, few will stand…On the evening of his high school graduation, Nathan Pierce collapses on stage. Plagued with visions of an immortal girl intent on killing herself, he wonders if his mental instability is a consequence of the deadly car accident he was in days earlier. Heather Rhodes, wracked with guilt because of the fatal car wreck, begins to questionWhen the stars fall, few will stand…On the evening of his high school graduation, Nathan Pierce collapses on stage. Plagued with visions of an immortal girl intent on killing herself, he wonders if his mental instability is a consequence of the deadly car accident he was in days earlier. Heather Rhodes, wracked with guilt because of the fatal car wreck, begins to question her spiritual beliefs. With the death of a newborn weighing on her heart, Heather’s mind is ravaged by the memories of the wreck…and the supernatural gift she used to protect her and Nathan in the accident. Cynthia Ruin, aka The Pink Rabbit, decides that her high school graduation night should be used for partying, not attending a lame ceremony. At a nightclub in Scottsdale, she finds more than she bargained for when a seedy stranger from her past decides to exact his revenge on her for a prior rejection. All three individuals find themselves shaken from their everyday lives when the stars begin to fall and wreak havoc and destruction upon Earth. As panic sets in and chaos reigns across the globe, rumors spread that the falling stars may not be stars at all....

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End of the Innocence Reviews

  • Keryl Raist
    2019-04-22 09:06

    I started Black Earth: End of the Innocence with a lot of hope. I did my usual pre-review routine of reading the blurb and the first chapter. Both of them looked good. The first chapter is arresting and sets up the promise of a really interesting story. I was happy to agree to review Black Earth.Unfortunately Black Earth starts going downhill from there pretty swiftly. This is a big book, and it's the first in a series with, I think, thirteen point of view characters. It's entirely possible I've forgotten a few. On the upside I rarely found myself confusing them with each other. On the downside the whole book is more or less character introductions, a little back story, and a tiny bit of plot. I read the kindle version, so I'm guessing here, but this is probably a 400+ page story where by the end of it we're just starting to get a feel for what might be going on.What is going on? It's hard to tell. The world is falling apart. Meteorites are crashing into the planet. Aliens or demons, possibly alien demons, are ramping up for war against God. Teenagers with superpowers are fumbling around trying to figure out what is going on. The President of the United States appears to be the Anti-Christ, or working for the Anti-Christ, it's fuzzy. There's some sort of time-travel-fix-the-future, and counter-time-travel-keep-the-future-the-way-it-is angle. Other planets have been destroyed by Legion (the alien demons). There's something about getting humans off of Earth to a new planet (which may have been destroyed in the future, by Legion) so they can evolve and avoid the destruction of Earth. There are bad guys galore (more on this later), and absolute scads of purposeless violence. Any one of these threads could have been a book by itself, but they're all scattered together, and none of them developed enough to do more than give the reader a glimpse of a building story. Basically, we get to read the first third of something like six books.And then it just stops. Part of how a series is supposed to be built is that each part is a story of its own. Look at Harry Potter, each of the novels has a complete story arc while building up the larger arc of the series. It's possible one of the arcs this story began with ended. All the rest of them are left dangling. If there is an overarching theme of this book, it's everything falling apart, and that's well and truly going gangbusters by the time Black Earth has ended.There's a saying: a book is only as good as its bad guys. And while that isn't always true, clunky, melodramatic villains will just kill a book. Unfortunately Black Earth has a lot of them. There's Evanescence, Witch Queen of the Damned (something like a Super Satan), The President of the United States (the Anti-Christ?), Mr. Silver (misogynistic, super-rich-corporate-tycoon-James-Bond-style-villain), Alpha 1 (psychopathic killer working for Mr. Silver), Theresa (counter time travel sociopath), and a few other random psychopaths. And all of them need mustaches to twirl. There is not a single subtle, sane bad guy in the lot. Be prepared for clunky dialog; psychopathic musings; megalomaniacs; ice-cold, stone-hard killers, who can be distracted and overpowered by untrained victims; random, useless violence; and monologues that give the good guys the chance to escape. Good dialog makes me want to sing the praises of a book. Bad dialog makes me want to cry. This book is riddled with stilted and stiff dialog, mostly coming from the mouths of the bad guys. On top of that most of the characters use the same basic vocabulary. Quick example: things are falling out of the sky and crashing into Earth. With the exception of one NASA scientist, everyone calls them falling stars: not meteors, meteorites, comets, shooting stars, or anything else. All of the characters have precisely the same internal vocabulary for this event, even the ones who come from another planet. Here's another example: no one curses. At first I thought this was a young adult book, but no, it has a not-suitable-for-under-17 note on it, so there's no reason that no one ever utters 'shit' or 'fuck.' There are some seriously scuzzy people in this book and one rough teenager, and none of them ever says anything beyond a PG rated word. Not to say I'm a fan of profanity for profanity's sake, but I am a fan of realistic dialog, and at the very least, the kind of teen girl who sets up her own sex club in high school is likely to mutter something untoward upon finding she's been drugged and raped.And that leads into another aspect of this book, it's Christian fiction. (Not that you can find this out by reading the description or the genre. Why this isn't mentioned in the description or genre is puzzling.) I think this is why no one curses, even though it would be in character for at least a few of them to be doing it. This might also explain the fact that there is only one gray character and everyone else is fully a black hat or white hat.I like eschatology, and while there's a lot of creative work going on in this version of the end times, it's heavy handed. The President is a bad guy. How do we learn that at first? We find out she's had the "under God" bit removed from the Pledge of Allegiance. As a work of theology goes, this one isn't sophisticated. There's plenty of room for theodicy in this story, but either his characters or Alderman isn't up to it. Instead of spending some real time on what it means that an all powerful God allows evil and suffering, we get the tired tropes of 'it makes us stronger' or 'keep the faith.'Then there's writing as a technical aspect of putting words together. Parts of this book are eloquent and graceful. Parts feel like a car with a shot suspension driving over a pitted, rocky, country road. Word choice was problematic. Alderman often uses a word that sounds similar to the one he wants, but isn't it: equitable for equal or correlating for corresponding. Likewise he comes up with sentences that sound good, but don't actually mean what I think he was trying to convey. Point of view is also an issue. He's either writing third person omniscient badly, or head hopping from one third person limited to another. Either way it's distracting. You think you're in one character's head, next thing you know there's an info dump involving stuff the character shouldn't know, then you're in another character's head. Top this off with many scenes ending in a cliff hanger, and when next we see those characters they've suddenly gotten off of the cliff, without Alderman bothering to tell us how it happened.All of this is excruciatingly disappointing because the first few chapters are good. Alderman can write decent teenagers (adults and children not so much). The first chapter has stunningly beautiful imagery and makes you want to read more. The first few chapters that follow were good enough I kept working out so I could read more. (And I'm not what anyone would call a fan of the elliptical machine. Reading the beginning, my normal twenty minutes grew to thirty before I hit the first rough patch.) Then suddenly, it all goes awry and we're stuck in the land of stilted dialog and insane bad-guys. I'm giving it two stars, and wishing the promises of the first chapters could have been fulfilled.

  • D.M. Dutcher
    2019-04-11 02:46

    There's some great invention in this book, and when it works, it works really well. But I think he tried to pull off a little too much, and it makes it drag some.Welcome to the end of the world. The stars are falling from the sky, and they house the life form Legion, an alien entity that will infest and destroy the earth. But they are not our only threat: mundane ones, like the President of the United States who is under the thrall of a dark power, and spiritual ones, like the witch Evanescence, all work in this world for their own means. But our defenders are no less unlikely. Time travelers, alien refugees who hope to stop the Legion from repeating what they did on other planets, the immortal "daughter" of the witch who was created full-grown, and normal humans who manifest supernatural powers all are being guided into place. We have a very unlikely war about to happen, and the stakes are higher than you can imagine.First off, the good. There are some beautiful scenes and powerful ideas in here. The book starts off with a bang, as Evanescence's daughter tries yet again to end her life, and the boy Nathan "sees" it through his link to her. She cries, and her tears transform into rose petals and fall to the earth. There's some nice visual imagery in the book-one that got me was what would happen when an immortal is at ground zero of a meteor impact: (view spoiler)[ She gets thrown miles into the air from the force of the impact, along with other humans not so lucky to be unable to die. (hide spoiler)] The Legion too is a memorable foe, one that possesses humans and isn't your typical blind demonic force.There's also the whole gonzo force of invention in the book. It's weird, but a really good weirdness that reminds me a lot of anime. The bad guys each have a different motivation, and their goals aren't entirely aligned. The Legion is different from the Silver Corporation, and the heroes are often trying just to survive rather than stop evil. I'm really interested in how the patchwork weaves together and resolves in later books, because there's a lot of quirks to the world which interested me.The bad: I think he tries too much. There are a LOT of characters in this book, and there just isn't room to focus on them all. I still don't fathom why Sin is involved, and her mother being what she is pushes the plot a little. Evanescence for one needs to be explained, because she is one of the book's most intriguing ideas. She's a powerful witch that made her daughter, who is an unearthly being in her own right. But because of the sheer number of characters, it's hard to get the sense of many of them. Silver especially-he has a stated goal which is actually very awesome, but never gets explained HOW he can do this to my knowledge. (view spoiler)[ He has discovered another planet to colonize, and wants to take the cream of our crop to it. After they've been suitably mindwiped, of course. Just his luck the Legion landed, eh? (hide spoiler)] If he had dropped a few characters, like Griffin for one, I think he could have focused better on the backstory.The second bad thing is dialogue. It gets stilted later on in the book, and really needs to be over the top to reflect the book itself. Some of it doesn't flow that well, and the book isn't a subtle comedy of manners-he could have turned it up to eleven and made them really chew the scenery some. There's a lot of action, so we aren't talking extended monologues, but it could be tighter.I found that I liked it though. It's not a safe Christian book, but takes a lot of chances that many of them don't. Those chances make it interesting, and intriguing as well. However it's a little rough because of the reasons I have given. I'm very curious about how the world develops though, and plan to pick up the other books in the series to see.

  • Amanda Liston
    2019-04-06 05:49

    Read the full review on!If you’ve been frustrated with Christian fiction before, don’t write this book off and definitely give it a try. He doesn’t hesitate to communicate real life as it is. No rose-colored glasses, no G rating. I’ve never read another book like this one because it’s definitely sci-fi but with a Christian twist, I don’t really know how else to explain it. It’s like a mid-apocalyptic, dystopian, science fiction novel that combines some of the ideas in the book of Revelation in the bible.

  • Titan
    2019-03-31 08:10

    This book is honestly one-of-a-kind, or at least the only of its kind that I've ever read. It's a solid start to an intricate, multifaceted universe that's dark and twisted, but also somewhat hopeful. I look forward to what more this series has to offer.My full review of End of the Innocence can be found atpermashiftalong with many others!

  • Nicola McDonagh
    2019-04-12 09:00

    Reviewed on behalf of The Review BoardI wasn’t sure what to make of this book at first. I enjoyed the Prologue, which shows us Pearl, half angel half demon lamenting the coming danger to mankind. There was some lovely evocative writing going on here and I thought that the rest of the book would be the same. It was not. After a very promising beginning, Black Earth became a jumble of stereotypical goodies, baddies and the same old end-of-world scenario. Something is going to destroy the world. As far as I could tell, the stars that are falling aren’t really stars but aliens, or demons, or both. Anyway, it then starts to get all religious, and it turns out that the demons are in fact waging war against God, and the President of the United States, is maybe in cahoots with them, or the Anti-Christ. Again, I wasn’t too sure who was doing what to whom a lot of the time. I think it was because of the multiple viewpoints that the author used. There was so much going on, that I felt like I was reading a succession of short stories rather than the first book in a series. I would have preferred to have stayed with one or two characters and followed their story in relation to the overall plot. If it were a YA novel, then the inclusion of teenagers as the main protagonists would be fine, but apparently it is not, so I was confused as to why so much of the story concentrates on them and their strange super powers.Why do nearly all YA novels have to be set in High School? Do teenagers not exist anywhere else? Anyway, they do it seems - at summer camp. Here is another change on viewpoint, this time a guilt-ridden teen called Heather, who is struggling to keep her faith. So far so good in terms of scene setting and introducing characters that will inevitably meet up during the dreadful events that is about to occur. Then we meet Sin or Cynthia, the bad girl- again all a bit stereotypical. However, the pace is good in the beginning and I enjoyed the scene setting. The book was very cinematic and there were some lovely atmospheric descriptions that kept me reading on. When all the teens experience something weird that links them to the coming events, we know that something awful is about to happen. I thought that this was a good way to introduce foreshadowing and heightening of tension and drama. However, I would have preferred less preamble though, as the constant shifting back and forth between teenagers was somewhat dull after a while. Also, I did think that the narrative was too verbose. The author labours the point too often so that there is little left for the reader to imagine of to figure out.The dialogue is okay but sometimes there is too much of it in one big chunk that explains the backstory for each character. I didn’t mind that so much at first, but again, there was just too much of it and it did halt the narrative flow. I would have liked more building of tension as the novel progressed, because it did start out pacey and exciting, but like so many novels, the author tried too hard to get everything in. I really didn’t think it needed all of these viewpoints. Maybe if there had been less central characters then the story could have been more succinct and therefore, more interesting. There is too much time spent having characters meet up and talk about themselves and their relationship to one another. A lot of the chapters could have been cut as they just deal with backstory. I liked chapter 4. It was a great section full of intrigue and mystery. I would have started the book there and just let the action and drama take over. I liked Jasper; he wasn’t portrayed as stereotypically as the rest. Since he is an alien, it was exciting to see the world from his viewpoint, a device that works well in sci-fi fiction. I wanted to stay with him and was disappointed when we got yet another viewpoint. It made me a bit annoyed all this jumping from different characters. A shame because I think it is a well - written book full of interesting ideas, it just needs some editing to make it really great.We get really exciting chapters then the next one reverts back to mundane teen life and that was disappointing from a readers point of view. I wanted the plot to progress onwards and not keep taking one step back each time the next chapter went with a different character. Multiple viewpoints are hard to get right, and I think Alderman needs to decide whom the reader needs to sympathise with the most, and then cut out the rest of the superfluous character viewpoints.The actual storyline didn’t really start until chapter nine or so and by then I was somewhat relieved that there was something actually happening. It felt like the directors cut of ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind’. Showing the same things happening through many eyes, is padding as far as I’m concerned. This book would be excellent with a lot of pruning and tighter narrative. Alderman has a tendency to state the obvious, which bloats the narrative and makes it wordy. The ending was too clichéd for my liking. The ‘Man’ came across as a typical villain and his words to Daisy, well, just clichéd. For a book this long I would have preferred a more satisfying ending. Not all that sure I care enough about any of the characters to want to read on. There is a lot more to this story, as so much is left to discover, but I got tired of the constant viewpoint changes. Perhaps because of the title of the next book, there will be less multiple viewpoints to deal with.Sayings all that, it is a good story and has some great characters and plot development. It should satisfy sci-fi apocalyptic, angel, and demon fans everywhere. It is well worth a read if you don’t mind a bit of confusion and laboured explanations.

  • PeterYounghusband
    2019-04-09 06:01

    This is the first book I have read by David Alderman and the first in a newly created genre created by him called Edgy, Christian Speculative Fiction. He describes this as: "Christian speculative fiction - in general terms, science fiction/fantasy/horror/supernatural fiction with Christian themes and edgy content, such as sexual themes, language, drug use, and violence. This unique genre crosses the lines of both secular fiction and Christian fiction, and creates a new breed - not just to appeal to a wider audience, but also to shed light on realistic, entertaining writing that has the power to appeal to both Christians and non-Christians alike"From reading about this from The Crossover Alliance, (a site he created for like mind authors and their books, (http://thecrossoveralliance.socialgo....), this new genre has caused controversy in Christian Fiction circles due to the themes of sexual content, drug use and violence. He has valiantly defended these claims and after reading this first book I have no problem with the inclusion of these controversial themes. In this book, there is only one sex scene, a rape, and it is not graphic at all, its description is short with little detail, therefore no shock, no offense, no smut, no eroticism (and believe you me, I am quite a prude when it comes to sexual themes in Christian fiction!). What I did ifind s that it painted the culture that Sin, one of the main characters, lived in and her attitude to this culture. I am glad I had researched David's rationale, attitude for including these edgy themes in his work, it has resulted in my not getting my defences up before I started reading, expecting something graphic, downgrading, offensive and dishonouring to God promoting sexual promiscuity and idolising sex. Researching David gave me an insight into this author's mind and heart toward writing and towards God and it is all good and very encouraging. I would suggest that if any reader has any reservations about the themes in his writing, they owe it to themselves to investigate his rationale through his blog at, http://thecrossoveralliance.socialgo.... and After reading this book, this author is one that I have no problem following. He writes well, his plot is well developed and paced well. It keeps you coming back for more as it is fast paced. His characters are very relational, nothing two dimensional here, you will find yourself loving the main characters, Nathan, Heather, Griffin, Jasper and Hush to name a few and hating the other main characters, Alpha 1, Evanescence, Mr Silver. I would have thought is could be tricky blending fantasy, science fiction and horror together but Alderman does a very good job, although this is based on having read only this book so I have nothing to compare it too. Alderman has achieved what he set out to achieve: blending the themes of Christian eschatology, (the end times), the battle of good versus evil, supernatural elements, alien invasion all together without being disjointed or fractured. Apparently one reviewer of the final book has stated that Alderman joins all these together into one cohesive end plot very well for its finale. This I am looking forward to. I applaud Alderman for creating this new genre and this series. Both are exciting, very escapist, very creative and shows his talent to create a world of many and varied characters and worlds, dark yet not totally oppressive, not religiously preachy, but believable. Highly Recommended

  • Julie Dawson
    2019-03-28 06:10

    David Alderman's Black Earth: End of the Innocence presents an oblivious world on the brink of Armageddon. Specifically, it follows several unique storylines that intersect into the main plot. Nathan Pierce keeps having blackouts, during which time he has visions of a young woman named Pearl who keeps trying to kill herself. Heather Rhodes is struggling with the guilt of a car accident that took the life of a child, but also seemed to trigger a strange paranormal power in her. Cynthia Ruin has spent her youth sleeping around with anybody, but her past behavior comes back to haunt her in a violent way. These seemingly unrelated threads all tie together into the larger plot of a diabolical evil preparing to destroy Earth and all life on it.The plot is well developed and the pacing excellent. The tension slowly builds as the reader begins to piece together the elaborate puzzle that Alderman has set forth for the book. Most of the characters are fully realized personalities that generate empathy or hate, depending on their respective roles in the book. And despite being influenced by Christian themes, the book never felt preachy or dogmatic, making it of interest to speculative fiction readers like myself who normally avoid Christian fiction entirely.There are two distinct problems with the book, however, that prevent it from truly shining. The first is that Alderman head-jumps far too much in terms of changing POV. It would be one thing to switch point of view between the primary players in the story, but Alderman also jumps into different POVs for minor characters as well. Much of this feels like simple info dumps to provide additional background information to the reader, but it is poorly executed and causes more confusion than it clears up.The second issue is that Alderman tends to overwrite some scenes or artificially cut short others. Often I found myself thinking "get to the point already" or "wait, what just happened?" This sometimes made the narrative feel disjointed. Specifically, Alderman tends to overwrite internal monologues while cutting short action sequences.Some of the naming conventions (such as Cynthia's nickname of "Sin" Ruin and the painfully emo-sounding Evanescence, Witch Queen of the Damned) got on my nerves, but I chalk that up to the book being written for a younger demographic that is inclined to respond positively to those sort of names. I would not, however, call this a strictly young adult title. Some of the mature content, particularly involving the nefarious Mr. Silver, would be out of place in a traditional YA book, but suits the plot of Black Earth well.Overall, Black Earth: End of the Innocence is a promising launch to the Black Earth series. Though Alderman's technique still needs some work to smooth off the rough edges, the issues are not enough to distract from the enjoyment of the story.Reviewer note: Author provided a comp copy for review.

  • Amanda
    2019-04-12 06:48

    I am by no means a Sci-Fi fan. I stick to books written by VC Andrews and read top hits like The Hunger Games and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series. But I was introduced to this book, “Black Earth, End of the Innocence” and I’m extremely happy I read it. The reading was not too heavy (which is a good thing) but it kept me very interested and coming back for more. That book that’s hot right now “10 Shades of Gray” is HEAVY and is not that good and I do not understand why it’s topping the charts like it is. The Black Earth End of the Innocence book has a better story and is way more interesting…I don’t understand why books like this don’t make it to the top of the charts right off the bat! Anyway – “Black Earth End of the Innocence” starts off telling you about a character who is a senior and is graduating high school. You soon learn that Nathan is a very special boy and he has some very special friends and circumstances. This book does an excellent job with creativity and story line. This book is character heavy (but come on – what Sci-Fi show or book isn’t) but you will QUICKLY fall in love with some of the characters. You will also learn to hate and resent some of the characters. There are several story lines going on in this book but they are all relevant to the same conclusion. You have time travel (which I LOVE LOVE LOVE) and kids with special powers. I’m an avid reader and I have never experienced an author who has the ability to articulate and intertwine character dialog and situation like this author displays in his writing. If I could rate that particular skill set – that would get 10 stars alone. The way this author write always flows, makes sense and keeps you wanting more. The story is great – the characters are great – but the writing style is phenomenal. The genre is edgy Christian speculative fiction – and it’s targeted toward a young adult audience but I’m in my mid 30’s and I enjoyed it immensely. The other thing about this book that I loved is that is does reference end time happenings and I love that. I love eschatology and it was GREAT to see occurrences of the world ending. Super great book and I recommend this to others to read! I’m 45 pages from being finished with the 2nd book “Black Earth Broken Daisy” and I’ll be reviewing that one too! That 2nd book in his series has been so good that I look forward to coming home from work and picking up to see what Nathan, Heather, Sin and Daisy are doing and what’s going on with Hush and Jasper. My only recommendation to readers is try to read this book without a lot of lags. I made the mistake of reading 1 chapter here and there due to my busy schedule or being exhausted and I wish I would have read this book without so many breaks in between. There is so much going on; you don’t want to miss anything!

  • Tiffany Cole
    2019-04-12 08:59

    Miles away from Nathan, a girl is standing atop a building, preparing to jump off. She wants to escape from her evil mother, Evanescence, and from the world she knows will soon come to an end thanks to Legion, a demonic alien force bent on partnering with satan to destroy earth. When Nathan blacks out, he can see and feel the things that she can feel. And he's not the only one with an unfathomable superhuman ability. Heather, his best friend, can put up a shield when in danger, an ability she shares with Jasper - a Wedge from the world of Rhodenine who has come to earth to stop Legion from taking out Earth and rescue his woman. And where is his woman? She's trapped as a slave under a megalomaniac who wants to be the one to send all the humans to planet Anaisha when planet earth is destroyed. The story also follows Cynthia, a teenager who went to the same school Nathan went to, as she gives a second thought to her whorish ways throughout highschool and deals with her mother who seems more and more evil and mysterious as the story goes on. Then there's President Amanda and the questionable laws she passes and Ericka, a reporter who is quick to bring those questionable laws to the light. Though the main conflict of the story is the mysterious stars/meteorites falling from the sky and killing thousands of people left and right, there are as many conflicts - if not more - as there are point of views. However, Nathan remains in the middle of all of this conflict, and it begs the biggest question of all: What makes Nathan so important? Black Earth is definitely like watching a movie. Because it changes point of views so often, and there is a good amount of action, I imagined I was watching it on the big screen throughout the whole story. However, at some points, I did feel like there were too many plot threads and characters to follow and keep track of, at least for a 173 page story. Not that all of the plot threads weren't interesting and awesome. I love how David Alderman tried to mix in time traveling, aliens, demons, government conspiracies, and normal teenage problems. Still, it sometimes felt like he was trying to tell one too many stories in one story. Some of them could very well be stories of their own. My favorite chapter was chapter 34. I loved the characters, the dialogue, and the action. I smiled, felt terrified, and cheered in various sections throughout. It's not only my favorite chapter of this book; it's one of my favorite chapters of all time, and that's really saying something considering I read and review a new book every weekend. I'd definitely recommend this book to anyone who is into fantasy, horror, and sci-fi fiction. I know I enjoyed it and look forward to reading and reviewing book 2 as well!

  • Harmony Kent
    2019-04-08 02:45

    Reviewed by Harmony KentOn Behalf of The Review BoardBLACK EARTH: End of The InnocenceBY DAVID N ALDERMANApocalyptic Fiction/Christian FictionThe end of the Earth is here … Legion has come. Add in a power-crazy president and teens with superpowers, and we have a set up for a fantastic read. BUT …Oh dear, where to start? The opening chapter is promising, but the rest of the book deteriorates drastically after that. The whole of this substantial novel appears to be introducing numerous characters (upwards of a dozen or more) and back story. Any instances of action or plot are short lived and often not resolved fully. The end of the book is in no way an ending, and stops in the middle of a scene—like much of the rest of the book. This is the first book in a series, but any attempt at a cliff-hanger finale fell flat. What with the complete lack of plot, pacing or credible character development; not to mention the appalling technical exposition (more on that in a minute) … I couldn’t discern a beginning, middle or end … and I (quite simply) couldn’t care less what happens next.Okay, now for the narrative: Dictionaries were invented for a reason. I lost count how many times the author used the wrong word for something, which sounded similar but wasn’t it. Cue for Queue. Bear for Bare. Inhumanely for Inhumanly. Equitable for Equal. I could go on. But I’m not in a sadistic mood, and don’t wish to inflict my pain onto you. The writing was passive in nature (extremely so), and there were many instances of telling rather than showing. Spelling mistakes abound, as do clumsy sentence constructions.The only reason this book hasn’t received a 1 Star rating from me, is that some bits of the writing are good. It’s such a shame they are in a serious minority position. If I could offer any advice to Mr Alderman, it would be this: Get an editor. Get a proofreader. Use beta readers. These, too, developed for a reason.This is a book that shows great promise in the first chapter, but fails to deliver after that. The characters are poorly portrayed and developed, and the plot and pacing are terrible. The grammar, punctuation and spelling need attention. The whole thing is in desperate need of an edit and proofread. I award 4 out of 10 stars (translated into 2 out of 5) for this book.

  • Albert
    2019-04-10 03:49

    From page one, my heart broke for Pearl, an immortal who is trying to kill herself so she can go to heaven to be with her father.No matter what she does, she can't die.Nathan has just graduated and his parents don't bother coming to the ceremony. On top of that, his girlfriend is more interestedin flirting with another guy than congratulating him.Heather is in love with Nathan but has never said anything to him because of his girlfriend. Trying to deal with the emotions of atragic car accident that left a baby dead, she goes off to a church youth camp. Missing Nathan isn't helping her feel any better.Although Cynthia (Sin) has made a name for herself in school by sleeping around, it's hard not to feel compassion for her whenshe is raped at a bar. The fact that she has a dominating, abusive mother, makes her life even more tragic.Although I loved the plot and found the characters well rounded and believable, I do have a few cautions as far as the Christiancontent. There is quite a bit of sexual content. The story line for Sin revolves around her having sex with many boys, but toinclude women also, was more than I could take.I also realize that Mr. Silver is a bad guy, so kidnapping and making sexual slaves out of women is believable, but it seemed overkill.I got tired of reading the word "crotch".Also disappointing was the story line for Sin. I would have liked to have seen her evolve more, and truly regret her actions. It felt likeshe started to regret them a little, but never truly asked God to forgive her.Most of the time I was able to keep up with the jumping around from character to character but a few times I got lost. I also found someinconsistencies like Sin taking a pregnatency test when she'd just been rapped the day before. A test won't show anything for a month.Over all I would highly recommend this book, and for only .99 you can't go wrong.

  • deb
    2019-04-16 08:45

    Let me see if I can put into words how unique this book is. The author does something special that you don't see in most Christian fiction stories. Taking some of those characters that come across as evil and gives them a voice so the reader can understand that just because these characters may not be Christian doesn't mean that they don't have shame, remorse or regret for the bad things they do. That some of them desire to be set free from habits and behaviors that have them in bondage. The author also shows that Christians struggle too. The author shows that Christians are not perfect. That during times of crisis or extremely distressing situations we might not act Christ like. These elements of the story and other things made it intriguing. I was so vested in the story that I wanted to see what was going to happen next in each of the characters lives. I was rooting for them to overcome the evil, rooting for them to survive and trying to figure out how certain characters connected to each other. I couldn't read fast enough and the twists and turns keep me on the edge of my seat. If I had one complaint it would be that I felt a little disappointed that the characters who were Christian did not seek God more about the situation they were in. Nevertheless this is an awesome story and I can't wait to read book two.

  • Mark Carver
    2019-04-20 09:01

    Black Earth is a very ambitious take on the end times events laid out in the book of Revelation. There are the elements you would expect - ominous visions, tyrannical government, breakdown of civilized society. And then there are the curveballs - meteors, aliens, people with telekinetic power. This book roars along at breakneck speed, barely pausing to take a breath. The action is nonstop, and don't let the high school-aged cast of characters fool you - this is no YA book. Graphic violence, some explicit content, and smatterings of strong language are pretty rare in a Christian novel but Alderman uses these gritty elements to give this story the extra "mmph!" that sets it apart from other books in its class.Sometimes it does get a bit confusing to follow along since the story jumps around quite a lot from character to character. There are more storylines here than in the TV program Lost. This definitely gives Black Earth an epic feel but it was a little dizzying at times as well. But hey, the end of days is an event shared by all, and Alderman casts a wide net. Check it out if you're looking for something with more teeth than what you'll find at your local Christian bookstore.

  • Scott
    2019-03-25 05:00

    Black Earth: End of Innocence is an extremely unique story. It follows several characters through their experiences with what could be the beginning of the end of the world. There are some definite religious aspects to the book, but the vehicle for the end of the world are fallen stars carrying the mysterious Legion. The story moves along at a pretty fast pace and there is a lot of action. Despite all the different viewpoints and large number of characters I never felt like I was lost in the story at all. The only downside in my opinion is the cliffhanger ending, but the second book has been released so that is easy enough to remedy. If you are looking for a unique story with some crazy happenings and aliens then this is a great choice. Normally this isn't my choice of fantasy book, but I really enjoyed it so check out the sample and give it a try. Well worth the .99

  • Storyhelix Words
    2019-04-11 04:48

    End of the Innocence is the first book in a Christan Spec. fiction saga about the end of the world, drawing its themes from Christianity and especially from the book of Revelation - minus the rapture (which many people within Christianity actually debate about anyway). At the heart of the story is Nathan Pierce, who has dreams of a human-like being, Pearl, who is distraught with her life and wants to go to her father, and who also dreams of Nathan. In addition to this story, a dystopian falling out with the government happens, as war is waged on religion, and martial law is enacted as falling stars hit the earth shortly after this announcement. There are several subplots along the way, but as time goes on, each story gets more interwoven with the rest.

  • Lauren
    2019-04-14 07:04

    Alderman sets forth an elaborate puzzle for the reader to piece together. But the many shifts in point of views of not just the major characters but also some minor characters as well are confusing and overwhelming. I also had a problem with the spacing of scenes; some are relatively short while others seem to drag on. Overall, the plot made the book worthwhile and an interesting read.Note: I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

  • Robert
    2019-04-09 05:55

    Well written with few errors. Over-use of 'that' in some places detracts from the flow, but otherwise entertaining. I would like to see a bit more emotion evoked by the author, but he does a good job with plot and handles the many pov changes with relative ease. Book 2 is on my TBR list, and I am looking forward to finding out what happens.

  • Jason
    2019-04-13 10:09

    That was quite a thrill ride. It never stuck to one genre and made good use of caricaturizing different genres and the clichés within them from a Christian viewpoint while having its own story and hinting at a deep mythos. Now I gotta see what time-travelling and torturous madness the sequel holds.

  • Christy
    2019-03-26 07:47

    Good job, David! Very intense, and creative!

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