“Any man who takes control of a woman’s rights at any stage of her life is a terrorist.”
The West has fallen – defeated at home by economic collapse and abroad by war and environmental catastrophe. But not everyone wants to rebuild the world the way it was.
In the former United Kingdom, a group of female terrorists, RAZR, is seizing the opportunity to destroy the patriarchal state for good.
Laura is the sole survivor from her block of flats. When her attempt to reach safety is sabotaged by a surprise attack from RAZR, she finds herself swept up in their crusade, under the sway of their dangerously charismatic leader, Jane.
But is Jane the enemy? Or is she a saviour? And what kind of future is she fighting for? As Laura battles her way through a ruined landscape, she will need to choose whose side she’s on. For in the fog of war, it can be hard to tell light from darkness…
Darkness is my second book and it is an exhilarating and chilling work of speculative fiction. Set in the near future, the story follows an all-female terrorist movement in the UK, which has survived the decimation of World War III, and now violently resists the reimposition of a repressive and exploitative patriarchal structure.
With its themes of justice, feminism and emancipation, Darkness is a critical fictional study of subjects that are dominating current dialogue and examines that thorny issue of whether violence can ever be justified.
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Want to know more about how Darkness came about? I recorded a vlog on its origins and its themes here:
Darkness is a piece of speculative fiction. Now usually women don’t have a great time in dystopias – a result of both the emphasis on male violence, and the fact that in post-apocalyptic scenarios, the need for birth rates to rise results in women’s rights evaporating. I wanted to explore how Darkness challenges this role of victim for women in these types of fiction: