Children’s Book Reviews

Children's Book Reviews: Dark Company

Publish August 25, 2015

Award-winning author Natale Ghent’s new dystopian fantasy YA title, Dark Company, explores acceptance and fate in the larger context of good and evil. When seventeen year-old Caddy’s father goes missing, her instincts lead her to sketchy South Town. There, she becomes the target of the men in grey suits and the truth of her lineage – and dire situation – is revealed. Just like her father before her, she is a Light-worker, and she must use her extraordinary dreaming powers to combat the Dark. This includes the men in grey suits and their demonic leader, The Speaker, who want to get rid of her. In alternating chapters, Caddy’s classmate Meg fights this same battle from the spiritual realm. When the men in grey suits kill her to get to her Light-worker boyfriend, Poe, she transforms into a Light being named Skylark. But her transformation is incomplete, she doesn’t neatly fit in to any of the Light being “frequencies,” and she still holds on to memories of Poe – memories that give the Dark a foothold in her soul and weaken her resolve against The Speaker. Dark Company dives into a variety of topics, including GMOs, environmental stewardship, reincarnation, corporate control, and the idea of free will. Teens who liked Harry Potter’ssorting hat will enjoy the mechanics of this spiritual world; “frequencies” and animal totems are assigned to the Light beings when they resonate with them. Those who enjoy the thrill of violent battles will also enjoy this story’s energetic pace.

Dark Company

Natale Ghent
Doubleday Canada
ISBN 13: 978-0-385-66733-3

Jen Bailey
Jen Bailey Jen Bailey is an Ontario-certified teacher who holds an MFA in Writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She works for the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council. Jen’s other book reviews have appeared in Quill & Quire and Canadian Children’s Book News.

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