Book Review // After Darkness*


I’m excited to be a part of today’s blog book tour. Today, I am reviewing After Darkness by J. F. Johns – on the third day of the blog book tour hosted by R&R Book Tours. I love sharing book reviews on An Ocean Glimmer, I love exploring new genres. This is my second blog book tour in May! Before that, I shared The Vatican Games in February. My Goodreads 2020 Reading Challenge is looking good at the moment, after reading this book, I am now half way over!

Before we start my review and what I thought, let’s read the book bio for background context.

After Darkness? Let me tell you a little bit about it;

Year 2160

RULE #1: Humans AND Cyborgs are prohibited from communicating in any shape or form with each other.

RULE #2: Curfew is from 12 p.m until 7.30 a.m. Applicable to ALL citizens, humans AND cyborgs.

RULE #3: All propaganda against the government, written or verbal is a crime.

RULE #4: All the above laws if broken are punishable by death.


I knew this book was a sequel when I came across the blog book tour, turns out it’s the fourth book in the Eternal Darkness series! Now I’ve read this book, I’m definitely going to look at reading the others in the series. You can read it without the reading the others but I feel for a more enjoyable reading experience, do read the books before After Darkness.

A good book for me has to have good characters and that’s exactly what After Darkness has, Terra is a interesting, strong female protagonist. Her development over the course of the book was great! The minor characters were also pretty in-depth I’m glad a couple of them received their limelight. J. F. Johns did a great story of setting the scene and creating the characters.

Also I love how each of them had their own personality, this is soo important and it shows they’re not just the same! Another thing I love is the scenery, the story is set in a futuristic dystopian world which is totally up my alley. It’s definitely different from what I normally read but worth it! The world-building is great, also J. F. Johns provided a really good backstory of how the Nation came to be.

Overall, the book gave me a Hunger Games/Divergent feel, two series I fell in love with! So I carried on reading to see how it ended. Even though there are certain features that provide those feels, there are sufficient elements to make it a unique story. Also it’s not like typical dystopians that I’ve read before. Over the years, I’ve read a couple of different ones and this one speaks to me in a different way.

This book is great for those who love a good futuristic love story. Also the writing style was easy to follow, J. F. Johns did a really good job here! There was some repetitions though, I feel this could have been avoided but that’s one minor thing in an overall very enjoyable book. One grip, the book ended in a cliffhanger! I was left wanting more from the book. I’m very glad to hear there’s another book in the series.

How about a little about the author, J. F. Johns;

J. F. Johns is 27 years old and was born and raised in Spain. She studied English Literature and Creative Writing at ARU in Cambridge, UK. She won the Indie Book Awards 2017 for best book written by an author under the age of 25, and was a finalist for best book cover with her novel Eternal Darkness. She’s an animal lover, and spends her free time playing with her adopted dog and rescued cat, drinking too much coffee and posting book photos on her Instagram.

You can follow J. F. Johns on Instagram and Twitter.

There are a lot of bloggers on the book blog tour so I would love for you to check out their reviews! You can do this by following R&R Book Tours on Twitter, as she will be retweeting the reviews. As well as clicking through the links below in the Blog Tour Schedule, there is a range of reviews and excerpts to check out:

Monday 25 May

Tsarina Press (Spotlight)

Jennifer Mitchell, Bibliolater (Review)

Vick’s Bookish Writing (Review)

Tuesday 26 May

Breakeven Books (Spotlight)

Didi Oviatt (Spotlight)

One Book More (Review)

Lecari’s Live Journal (Review)

Rambling Mads (Review)

Scarlett Readz & Runz (Review)

Wednesday 27 May

I Smell Sheep (Spotlight)

Back Shelf Books (Review)

Jessica Belmont (Review)

Rea’s Reads (Review)

Thursday 28 May

The Magic of Wor(l)ds (Interview)

Reads & Reels (Spotlight)

Cup of Toast (Review)

Friday 29 May

Dash Fan Book Reviews (Review)

Misty’s Book Space (Review)

Book Reviews by Satabdi (Review)

Please give some love to J. F. Johns and if you can not wait any longer to read it for yourself, you can buy After Darkness to read in Ebook (Kindle Format) or Paperback from Amazon. You can also find it on Goodreads now!

I hope you have enjoyed this little review! I highly recommend After Darkness if you love a good Dystopian book.

Also, make sure to follow me on my blog (in the sidebar) and don’t forget to follow me on Bloglovin’FacebookInstagram and Twitter.

Love Gemma x

*Thank you R&R Book Tours for hosting the After Darkness Blog Tour. The eBook was kindly sent to me for free, in return for an honest review. The featured image was sent to me in the Media Pack, for more information please see my About Page.


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