The Never Dawn by R.E. Palmer (The Never Dawn; 1)

The Synopsis:

All his young life, Noah has longed to see the sky he’s only heard about in stories. For over one hundred years, Noah’s people have toiled deep beneath the Earth preparing for The New Dawn – the historic day when they will emerge to reclaim the land stolen by a ruthless enemy.

But when Rebekah, the girl of his forbidden desire, discovers a secret their leader has been so desperate to keep, Noah suspects something is wrong. Together, they escape and begin the long climb to the surface. But nothing could prepare them for what awaits outside.

I received this book from the author for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.


For some, loyalty is hard to develop. But when your entire generation is threatened, loyalty sometimes means survival. 

Noah is loyal and dedicated to everything he’s been taught. He strives to be the best example to those around him, but more importantly, he strives to see the sun. He’s passionate, gives each task his all, and willingly turns in anyone who questions their leader-after all, she has only two goals: to keep them safe, and to let them see the sun again. Or is there more to her agenda?

The Never Dawn is a book that transports us beneath the surface of the Earth to a civilization that is trying to stay alive and escape their oppression from an unseen enemy. The pace of the novel is a bit slow, but that’s only because we’re focused solely on Noah and his story. There isn’t a whole lot of action going on, but the suspense is in discovering the plot, which does keep us flipping the pages. With the cliffhanger ending, one can easily anticipate more action from the additional books in the series.

I really enjoyed the complexity of the tangled web of politics involved in this story. It was not easy to predict what happened next and there were many, many surprises. It was also a fairly clean book, with no curse words or high graphics. Unfortunately, the sexual content is definitely present with a very mild sex scene, though it is relevant to the story line. This does not excuse it by any means, however within its proper context, I was actually surprised by how well it was handled and was pleased by how mild it was, because it could have easily been turned into a very ugly scene. There are other sexual comments and actions taken by other characters throughout the book as well, though the above mentioned is the most graphic.

So in jist, I really enjoyed The Never Dawn and I do look forward to finding out what happens next in Noah and Rebekah’s story. I give it 4 out of 5 stars!

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