Dark Days

A near-future dystopian action-romance novel in which one girl must join forces to fight the cyborg army sent to destroy her, her family, and the only world she knows.


The future world has been divided into sectors–each the same as the other. Surrounded by thick steel fences, there is no way in and no way out. Yet a cyborg army penetrates each sector, picking off its citizens one by one, until no one is left. Behind the sectors’ thick walls, the citizens wait to die. Few will be chosen to survive what’s coming; the rest will be left behind to suffer. A new world has been created, and its rulers are incredibly selective on who will become a citizen. They want only those with important roles in society to help create a more perfect future.

Sixteen-year-old Sia lives in one of the sectors as part of a family that is far too ordinary to be picked to live. According to the digital clock that towers high above her sector, she has only fifteen days to live. Sia has seen the reports and knows a horrific death is in store for her, but she is determined to make the most of her final days. Sia refuses to mourn her short life, instead promising herself that she’ll stay strong, despite being suffocated by her depressed mother and her frightened best friend. Just when Sia feels more alone than ever, she meets Mace, a mysterious boy. There is something that draws Sia to him, despite his dangerousness, and together, they join a group of rebels and embark on an epic journey to destroy the new world and its machines, and to put an end to the slaughter of innocent people.


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Published: 3rd June 2014 by Skyhorse/Sky Pony Press
Hardcover ISBN: 9781628735949
Paperback ISBN: 9781510717107

Blurbs and trade reviews

“Deadly cyborgs in the grimmest of worlds with a heroine who still dares to hope. The pages utterly flew by.” — Elsie Chapman, author of the Dualed series

“Chilling and all too plausible. . . . Readers are going to love Dark Days.” — Emma Pass, author of Acid

“Thrilling! With a terrifying countdown at its core, DARK DAYS is an intense read that had me racing through the pages. Kate Ormand creates a new dystopian world that is both frightening and hopeful. I loved every suspenseful second. Highly recommended!” — Demitria Lunetta, author of the In the After series

Praise for Dark Days

“One of the most creepy dystopian/sci-fis I have read!” — The Bumble Girl

“I couldn’t put it down! A clever, well written book.” — Louise O’Neill, author of Only Ever Yours

“I went into Dark Days with high expectations and they were more than met. Kate Ormand has created a unique setting fraught with danger.” Book Lovers Life

“Fast paced and tense with ‘ticking clock’ chapters.” — Amy Christine Parker, author of Gated

Dark Days is one of the most unique and fresh dystopia novels I have ever read. I loved every single second of it.” K-Books

“Wow that was a heart pumper. . . . Dark Days is definitely worth a read, it’ll keep you on the edge of your seat constantly!”trips down imagination road

“Ormand’s writing is seamless and perfectly paced.” — G.R. Mannering, author of Roses

“I enjoyed reading Dark Days, and have the utmost respect for any novel of a dystopian feel that can still manage to stand out to a reader. Definitely a darker read to check out.” The YA Lit Chick

“I really did not want it to end . . . Lovers of YA and Dystopian books, if you need a new read this is it!” Simplistic Reviews

“I love Ormand’s portrayal of one brave girl’s willingness to fight for survival in a unique dystopian world.” — Yvonne Ventresca, author of Pandemic