When I first volunteered to read “Pearl in the Darkness” by Santana Saunders, I didn’t know what I had signed up for quite frankly. I just knew I had not been able to read a book for pure enjoyment since I had started going back to school to get my AAS and BS in marketing starting in 2011. I had missed books for so long, but never had the time to read between working full-time, part-time, and being a full-time student just to get by. I was eager to escape the reality of today with COVID19 and the world in complete unrest. So when Santana asked for ARC readers, I jumped at the chance. I’ve never been so thankful that I did!
It’s 2056 and the world is a disaster, much like today, only worse…because the end of the world is coming in just 1 year and no one is aware of it. Religion has been abolished which ignited the end of mankind as we know it. The world was scheduled to be destroyed with oceans full of blood, beaches full of black sand, the ground scorched, and only a few hand selected people to survive to the end.
Lenora (Leo) is chosen by Abba (along with her friend Hollis, some arch angels, and some other selected few) to scout for the people that will be assisting in starting the new world. The task may sound easy, but it’s more than just asking people to join the new world. Leo must first help them believe that the world is ending, and they must profess their belief in Abba before they are allowed to find out where the safe haven is located. Not to mention all of the demons that are roaming the earth taking souls and trying to rule the world!
Although the story includes a religious storyline, it is the story of surviving the apocalypse that has you on the edge of your seat, yelling into the pages, and rooting for good to triumph evil. The characters are so well written that you can’t help but cheer for the good, and even feel sorry for some of the bad. And just when the sky turns blue again and you think it’s going to be okay, the ending had me screaming, “WHAT?!” at the top of my lungs and contacting her pleading for her to finish the next one asap!
I had to keep asking her when she wrote it, (before COVID19) because it’s very easily relatable to today sadly. But if Leo can find the good in a world even worse than ours, then there’s no excuse for us to do the same. I’m absolutely in LOVE with this story! It has ignited my passion for reading within seconds, and was impossible to put down even from the beginning. You do not want to miss out on purchasing this gem on November 10th on Amazon!