This week is Self-Published Authors Appreciation Week, and so today I am taking a look at indie author J F Johns.
I originally heard about J F Johns when I signed up to a blog tour with Shannon of R&R Book Tours for After Darkness. Since then, I have read and reviewed the second book in the series (After Darkness II) as I enjoyed the first one so much.
The After Darkness series is a Young Adult dystopian fiction, where Humans and Cyborgs co-exist alongside each other but are forbidden from communicating. This is her second series set in this universe but it can be read as a stand-alone.
About After Darkness
After Darkness is set in a dystopian world with 7 distinct Capitals. Over 100 years ago, the government started experimenting on humans to create cyborgs. Cyborgs were then introduced into society, living alongside humans. But then the cyborgs (and some humans) rebelled in what’s known as the Dark Era. They lost and were exiled to No Man’s Land, a desolate wasteland outside of the seven Capitals. 20 years on in the present day, cyborgs have been reintroduced to society. Humans and cyborgs are forbidden from communicating in any way, without permission from the government.
The story follows Terra Underwood, a 17-year-old human girl who struggles to follow the rules and keep her temper. Every night, she has nightmares about a boy with black hair who is drowning — she cannot save him and he turns into a huge black crow before she wakes up. Every night, Terra fights in the Pits, an underground fighting ring. During her next fight, she spots the boy from her nightmares. Who is he and why is he appearing in her nightmares each night? Terra has to know and chases after him — starting a chain of events that will change both of their lives forever.
Why you should read this series
After Darkness was one of my favourite books of 2020. I am a big fan of dystopian fiction, and J F Johns gives the genre a unique twist by adding cyborgs into the mix.
“After Darkness is fantastically written with vivid, intriguing characters and an exciting story.”
I really loved the characters in this series — each one is complex with an interesting and full history. The other series by J F Johns, Eternal Darkness, focuses on the cyborg characters. I have yet to read the series but hope to soon as I’d love to learn more about them!
Terra is a great main character. She is angry, loyal and stubborn, and stays true to that throughout the story. She doesn’t really make any dumb decisions like a lot of main characters in YA (though she does faint quite a few times!).
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.
She believes in the art of dramatic sighing and eye rolling. She works as a ninja, but has been told several times that she’s not very good at her job.
Self-published Authors Appreciation Week: 19th July
This week is Self-published Authors Appreciation Week — keep an eye on my social media channels and here on my blog as I will be highlighting various self-published indie authors throughout the week with a mix of reviews, lists and highlight posts! Thank you to Anca Antoci for the wonderful banner.
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