Saturday, March 16, 2013
Embrace the Darkness
IN DARKNESS by Nick Lake. Bloomsbury, 2012
This winner of the 2013 Printz Award features two unforgettable narrators in Shorty a teen gang member in contemporary Haiti and Toussaint L'Ouverture, former slave and liberator of Haiti in 1804. In chapters titled THEN and NOW, the two stories move forward. Both protagonists are in darkness: Shorty is buried in the rubble of a hospital after an earthquake. Toussaint is confined in an underground cell. As the stories move back and forth, readers will certainly draw parallels between the two. Though the violence and devastation are intense, the writing is incredibly lyrical.