Amazing. That is the best way to describe Against the Darkness. It was a brilliant mix of coming of age, science fiction, and alien invasion apocalypse. Sinta was a very well built character and you can't help but love her. She has plenty of flaws for readers to relate to, but has such an inner strength and fortitude that you admire her at the same time. Watching as she turned from the bratty teen arguing with her mother into a formidable survivor was great. I enjoyed watcher her recover from her mistakes and was thrilled that she didn't make them over and over again.
Now the aliens - we don't see too much of them, but they are this constant threat lurking everywhere. And I really mean everywhere. The first time you actually see them as a reader is incredibly intense and brilliantly written.
There is a sort of love triangle, but the players all know where they stand with each other so it didn't really bother me. Sinta is pretty sure who she wants, and even the times that it doesn't work out well for her, she sticks to it. She's not the type to change her feelings easily.
There is one scene where I was afraid something beyond horrible was happening, but thank goodness it didn't - I think you will all recognize it when you get there as the kids were all rescued just in the nick of time. I had a hard time putting this down and I loved the world that A.M. Griffin created. Familiar, but at the same time strangely transfigured by the alien invasion.
*This book was received in exchange for an honest review*