Pitch Dark by Courtney Alameda

Pitch Dark

Set against a future of marauding space scavengers and deadly aliens who kill with sound, here is a frightening, fast-paced YA adventure from the author of the acclaimed horror novel, Shutter.Tuck has been in stasis on the USS John Muir, a ship that houses Earth’s most valued artifacts—its natural resources. Parks and mountains are preserved in space. Laura belongs to a shipraiding family, who are funded by a group used to getting what they w...


Details Pitch Dark

TitlePitch Dark
ISBN9781250085894
Author
Release DateFeb 20th, 2018
PublisherFeiwel & Friends
LanguageEnglish
GenreYoung Adult, Horror, Science Fiction
Rating

Reviews Pitch Dark

  • Bentley ★ Bookbastion.net
    2018-03-20
    See this review and more like it on www.bookbastion.net_____________Back in the springtime of my youth, when I still had time for hobbies outside of reading like video games, I was a rather big gamer. I played them all, and still have a pretty sizable collection of games that my book collection has of course far surpassed. One of my favorite gaming series was Dead Space, which was a pulse-pounding, terrifying and atmospheric sci-fi horror game se...
  • Stacee
    2018-02-18
    I enjoyed Courtney’s other book and I was all over that synopsis, so I was pretty excited to get to it. I liked Laura and Tuck well enough. They’re both sassy and sarcastic and smart. They had some great banter and I wish they would have been together more in the story. There were some other interesting characters, but I didn’t feel like we got to know much of them. Plot wise, I was lost for a good portion of the book. All of the ships and ...
  • Jack +The Page Runner+
    2018-02-22
    Leave it up to a movie junkie to keep wanting to call this book Pitch Black. And though they are both creature features set in space, they are decidedly NOT the same thing. I don’t know how this one wasn’t on my radar, as I really enjoyed Courtney Alameda’s urban fantasy/horror mashup Shutter. But thankfully, my book buddy Crazy4Books came to my rescue and listed this one as a good buddy read candidate, thereby correcting my oversight. And ...
  • destiny ☠ howling libraries
    2018-01-27
    Even the gods have abandoned us out here. If you follow my reviews, you know I’m a big horror fan, but what you might not already know is what a sucker I am for horror/sci-fi genre-blending and spooky stories set in outer space. Courtney Alameda is known for her horror writing, but she interlaces the terror aspects with the sci-fi, futuristic, technology side stunningly. We were supposed to wake up saved, or not wake up at all. That was the dea...
  • Justine
    2018-03-01
    3.5 stars Overall I enjoyed this. The best thing for me was definitely the awesome Latina main character, Laura Cruz, who just brings it in so many ways. I also quite liked the male character, Tuck, particularly the way he obviously appreciated Laura's strength and never felt threatened by it.Where I felt the story was lacking and what I wanted more of was some greater worldbuilding, particularly at the outset. The story literally starts right aw...
  • Kim M
    2018-04-03
    When a terrorist organization crashes Laura Cruz’s ship into the John Muir—a 400-year-old vessel designed to preserve natural resources from Earth during the crisis that drove humans from the planet—she finds herself having to face former-human monsters who kill by screaming, having to flee an unknown hacker who always knows where she is, and having to evade the wealthy family who use technology to try to control her. She happens to run int...
  • K.
    2018-04-13
    Trigger warnings: violence, gore, blood, death, death of a friend, death of a parent (in the past). So here's the thing: I read the blurb of this and was like "Space ships + monsters + pending doom? THIS IS GOING TO BE LIKE ILLUMINAE!!!". Also, I lost my mind over this cover - the stars, the skull (which is *very* Silence in the Library), the sound wave? It's glorious. And probably I built it up too much in my mind, buuuuut I did not love this. I...
  • ☣Lynn☣
    2018-03-12
    This was one of my top anticipated books of 2018 and I'm sad to say it didn't really impress me. My two biggest issues was that the first half was boring as hell and it was too technical for my liking. Plus there wasn't enough creature scenes. For a scifi horror it was too much scifi. That's just me though. I smell a sequel in the future and I might just have to pass up on it.
  • Alicia (A Kernel of Nonsense)
    2018-03-04
    Courtney Alameda’s Pitch Dark takes the intricacies of science-fiction and combines it with all the thrills of a horror story in a novel that grabs readers from page one and doesn’t let go. Alameda’s two leads, Laura Cruz and Tuck Morgan, are both capable characters on their own, but they also make an excellent team and I loved the fact that they both had room to shine despite this fact. I was really impressed by the amount of detail that w...
  • Heidi
    2018-03-11
    Four stars: A thrilling and scary book, but there were a few too many plot holes.Tuck wakes with a start. His muscles feel like jelly, and everything is wrong. Tuck finds himself surrounded by bodies and gore. Something must have gone wrong if the crew of the Muir is being awoken from stasis. Even worse, Tuck finds that four hundred years have elapsed. Tuck and his shipmates soon find themselves in a dire situation. The Muir is dying, and they ar...
  • A Lib Tech Reads
    2018-02-21
    Pitch DarkCourtney AlamedaRating: 3/5Note: Special thanks to Raincoast Books for providing a copy for review.What a wild ride. If I wanted to describe this book in one sentence, it would be that Pitch Dark is essentially the Dead Space franchise on crack.Packed full of action, horrifying monsters with interesting abilities and a POC female protagonist who is fully capable of handling herself, Courtney Alameda newest Science Fiction horror will ha...
  • Mandy
    2018-01-19
    *I won this in a Goodreads giveaway! Thanks so much for the publisher for sending me over a copy! I super appreciate it, but it did not change my thoughts on the book!*This book started out super promising, and then it kind of fell apart for me. I was totally drawn into this story by the fact that there was 1) aliens 2) horror 3)AlIeNs 4) a Latina MC (and the culture that is woven throughout the story) 5) ALIENS ALIENS ALIENS. While aliens aren't...
  • Fiona
    2018-02-22
    It was a long wait for this book, and I'm happy to say it did not disappoint. Though I've found myself reading less and less YA since first I added this book to my shelves, I flew through this book (despite the fact that I was really enjoying it so I tried to make it last - I have terrible willpower).We're mainly following Tuck and Laura - that's pronounced as Laora in the Spanish style - two teens from very different backgrounds. Tuck is essenti...
  • The Blonde Bookworm
    2018-02-19
    I was instantly drawn to Pitch Dark after reading the first few lines of the synopsis. Space, hardcore female lead, and zombie like creatures?... I'm IN! The action was non-stop from the first page to the last and I was hooked. Not only was the novel action packed, but it was paced evenly from the beginning to the very end. I always judge a book by how easy it is to put down, and let me tell you... I could not put this book down. There is nothing...
  • Karen
    2018-03-22
    4.5 starsOriginally posted at For What It's Worth on 3/26/18: http://www.fwiwreviews.net/2018/03/mo...Source: arc provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest reviewPitch Dark dives right in and doesn’t let go. That’s both a pro and a con. For almost 1/3 of the book, I was completely lost when it came to some of the slang (for example, one of the characters says *wedge me* instead of swearing – like when BSG uses frak instead of fuck...
  • Breanne
    2018-02-21
    Tuck has been in stasis for 400 years after his ship, the John Muir, was jettisoned into deep space and stranded, unlikely to ever be found again. When he awakes, he finds his ship has been overrun by the mutated remains of other crew members whose screams alone can tear you apart. Laura is a young hacker onboard the Conquistador, a raiding ship looking for the key to the human race's survival. When the Conquistador and the John Muir collide, Lau...
  • Katherine Paschal
    2018-02-25
    Reviewed on https://smadasbooksmack.blogspot.com/Tuck woke up from stasis incredibly disoriented- and 400 years in the future. But something isn't right about his ship, something else has woken up too. Laura wants nothing more but to be free of the tech that was implanted against her will by the person who she thought loved her, and now she is just a pawn to be used against her family. When a terrorist group who wants humanity to end makes their ...
  • Crazy4Books
    2018-02-22
    In this book we follow Laura and Tuck who meet when Lauras family finds a 400 years old ship lost in space. When Tucks ship was sabotaged and stranded in space the crew went into stasis hoping someone would eventually find them only to wake up 400 years later to a ship overrun with grotesque monsters. After almost 2 years avoiding monsters and scavenging the ship for supplies Lauras crew finally finds Tucks ship, but the people who originaly sab...
  • Diabolica
    2018-03-29
    The beautiful tale of a prince saving his distressed maiden. Only this time the distressed maiden saves herself. Not once. Twice. Not just herself. Basically everyone too. Though I have retained little recollection of Shutter, this book was definitely a step up. No jokes this book has the likeness of the Illuminae series. (And it is for that reason that I'm going to have to read another book so that I don't end up comparing the two). That aside, ...
  • Tim Mercer
    2018-04-28
    This book definitely lives up to it's science-fiction/horror description with full doses of both. Echo's of Alien but taken to the next level. The setting on a derelict ship is fascinating and I found the lead characters are really engaging. Nice to read a good book that is not part of a series for a change. Need to do that more. Although if there is a sequel I will definitely be reading it!
  • Jennifer
    2018-05-02
    I started reading, expecting a cheesy horror book. I ended up was an amazing sci-fi horror book with so many subtle and brilliant connections to our current national problems woven in. Fantastic book.
  • Ms. Yingling
    2018-01-04
    E ARC From Edelweiss PlusMore of a YA book. A bit of the gruesome side, but also very fast paced. I've read a couple of others recently about space crews in and out of stasis, so may pass on purchasing for now. Definitely investigate for high school collections.
  • Lilyn G. | Sci-Fi & Scary
    2018-04-16
    Review to come.
  • Mary H
    2018-02-27
    Full review posted here.
  • Dee
    2017-10-12
    I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Wow. I loved this book. I’ve never been the type to pick up a thriller/horror book, but I couldn’t put this book down. Alameda weaves an interesting tale of both Laura and Tuck, two teens in space. Without getting too much into detail, I loved these characters. Laura’s a tough as nails Latina. She’s quick and smart and doesn’t stay down. She’s from a family of educated ...