The Dark Net by Benjamin Percy

Hannah wasn’t born blind, but sometimes it feels that way.

– Opening sentence

The Dark Net‘s title and cover instantly appealed to me, because I love dark and gritty stories.  However, after reading it I would now say that the title and synopsis is actually misleading, as ‘the dark net’ isn’t the main facet of the story, and only appears briefly at the beginning and again at the end.

The Dark Net is actually set in a modern-fantasy world where demons exist. ‘Light’ exists as well, but people on the ‘light’ spectrum just look like normal people. Demons, on the other hand, are shadowed beasts that haunt the world, with man-sized hairless hounds that stalk you in the middle of the night.

So, not what I was expecting. But still an interesting premise. However, as I got deeper into The Dark Net I found myself getting more and more disappointed. There’s a huge lack of character development, which meant I just didn’t care about any of them.

There’s a couple of really interesting characters as well. Hannah, for example, is a blind girl with this ultra-futuristic cyborg-like prosthetic called Mirage, which is basically a computer attached to her eyes which enables her to see. Sarin, another potentially kick-ass character, is an ancient being who is considered to have the most ‘light’ in her – and has daily blood transfusions to keep herself ‘young’ and alive because her current form is her favourite one so far.

Yet neither of these character are made relatable, or developed enough for me to become invested in them. And that’s a real shame.

There’s also some pacing issues and a lack of back-story which adds to this effect. Again, it’s frustrating because the story has the potential to be very good, but unfortunately Benjamin Percy just failed to make me care.

That being said, if you like sci-fi/fantasy good-versus-evil apocalyptic stories than you’ll probably really enjoy this, and I was always recommend my readers to try a book for themselves to make up their own mind.

Unfortunately, this one just didn’t really do it for me.

She readjusts the strap of her satchel and heads for the gate. “Follow me.”

– Final sentence

2 Stars (2 / 5)

1 Comment

  1. Sounds a lot like Sip that I read and reviewed a while ago – not on the blog though, just on Goodreads, cause it was also.. Unrelatable and fumbling. Sad when that happens!

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