Book Description:USA TODAY bestselling author Jeff Hirsch once again creates a futuristic world with stunning, dramatic realism. A civil war rages between the Glorious Path–a militant religion based on the teachings of a former US soldier–and what’s left of the US government. Fifteen-year-old Callum Roe and his younger brother, James, were captured and forced to convert six years ago. Cal has been working in the Path’s dog kennels, and is very close to becoming one of the Path’s deadliest secret agents. Then Cal befriends a stray dog named Bear and kills a commander who wants to train him to be a vicious attack dog. This sends Cal and Bear on the run, and sets in motion a series of incredible events that will test Cal’s loyalties and end in a fierce battle that the fate of the entire country rests on.
About The Author
I live in upstate New York with my wife and a small passel of animals. I used to write plays (I actually have an MFA in it, which is number 8 on US News and World Report’s list of the top twenty most useless masters degrees) and now I write books for teens. I’ve written three, The Eleventh Plague, Magisterium and The Darkest Path.
A few random facts about me:
- I’m incredibly superstitious.
- I believe in baking as the ultimate stress reliever. I mean, sure, I write pretty good books but have you tasted my Triple Chocolate Espresso Cookies?
- I’m deeply obsessed with the work of Joss Whedon, Stephen King, Bryan K. Vaughn, Prince and Tom Waits.
- I started writing because of two women—Susan Cooper, author of the Dark Is Rising Series and Denise Stewart, my 7th grade English teacher.
The Darkest Path is definitely not what I expecting it to be. Callum Roe lives in an America which is in a civil war between the Federal Army and The Glorious Path. Cal has been captured by The Path which is pretty much a cult with his brother problem is Cal remembers life with his parents and the way things used to be and his little brother doesn't. James begins to believe the BS that the Path says like that he doesn't have Asthma ( He clearly does) but he just has to pray and if he does believe in the Path he will survive. With in the first few chapters Cal inadvertently condemns people to die so that he could get in brother inhalers. Cal is a character that I strongly admire but he has to make a lot of rough choices. Though my favorite character is Bear who happens to be a dog but he had the best personality in the story.
The Darkest Path is for fans of The Hunger Games, The Walking Dead (Minus the Zombies), and Revolution (the TV Show with out there being no electricity). The Darkest Path is action packed and an epic adventure novel. It has a clear dystopia feel and the obstacles that come with that which is why fans of The Hunger Games would love this book. But at the same time that fight stay alive quality that comes with The Walking Dead though The Darkest Path is lacking zombies. The Darkest Path also has a very militant verging on cult feel too it which is reminiscent of the show Revolution with its Monroe Militia.
The Darkest Path has an appeal for everyone and I love that. When I was reading it my dad asked me what it was about and he doesn't like reading but the cover looked like a movie he would watch. It has a very distinct movie or tv show feel. The Darkest Path will get you thinking and it is definitely a book that will have many male and female readers.