Title: Dark Justice
Author: Shelly Russell Nolan
Publisher: Odyssey Books
Published: 10th September 2019
Rating: 2/5 stars
I was given a digital copy of Dark Justice from the publisher (Odyssey Books) in exchange for an honest review.
Five hundred years ago, the cure for the common cold went terribly wrong, turning the infected into freaks consumed with hate and rage. Forced underground, the freaks return above ground at night, driven to attack the surface dwellers – their bite infecting thousands more. To protect mankind from extinction, scientists created genetically enhanced soldiers. Stronger, faster, with enhanced senses, wardens are trained from birth to protect the weaker humans. The Captain of the Ward, Jackson Kyle, is infected while saving the life of another warden. Due to his genetic enhancements, he is like no other freak. His faculties intact, he escapes and encounters a mysterious young woman, Justice. The second he touches her, he is caught in a complex bond, compelled to protect her at all costs. For she will decide the fate of humankind.
I was so excited to receive a copy of Dark Justice from Odyssey Books. When I first read the synopsis for this book, I was so intrigued by the story. I love sci-fi post-apocalyptic stories and this one sounded so interesting. However, I’ll be completely honest and say I was disappointed. It kind of reminded me of The Maze Runner with the freak virus being engineered by a group of people known as The Legion. This group created the virus so that they could take over the world and become gods. However, their plans become threatened by a strange girl named Justice, who was created by Gaea to cast judgement on mankind. Anyone who touches her instantly becomes attached to her in a bond and they are sworn to protect her at all costs. The Legion has been trying to capture Justice all her life, and she’s lost a lot of people because of them – including her mother. She meets Jackson Kyle, a former warden turned freak, who becomes her next protector. Justice has never had a freak protecting her before and everything changes when they start to develop feelings for each other. I felt like the romantic relationship between Justice and Jackson was very forced and didn’t make sense in the story. The only reason for their relationship was so that Justice could save Jackson by burning the freak virus out of his body when she practically burst into flames when the time came to judge humanity.
What I liked:
> The book was very well written, I loved Shelley’s writing style. The storyline and characters had excellent depth.
> I loved the action-packed battle scenes, all the characters were such badass fighters.
What I didn’t like:
> The first half of the book was very slow and didn’t hold my interest.
> Jackson and Justice’s relationship felt very forced to me. I knew from the start of the book that Jackson was intended to be the love interest for Justice, but it just didn’t feel right.
> Jackson being so creepy when it came to ‘protecting’ Justice. Forcing her to sleep in the same bed with him and not letting her move away was just so horrible.
> The ending felt very rushed compared to the rest of the book.
Hope you all enjoyed my review! Have you read Dark Justice yet? Let me know what you all thought of it in the comments 😀 Bye guys, happy reading! xx
Trigger warning: Violence, torture, death, forced romance, mention of sexual abuse.