The Dark Net by Benjamin Percy is a lot of things, but not exactly the book I expecting or hoping for. The idea that a malevolence supernatural force is using the dark side of the internet to grow more powerful and dangerous. Sadly, this isn’t a story that focuses on the technology and how these events came to pass, but instead, focuses on a group of loosely connected character who have ended up caught up in the carnage.
Percy jumps between a few different points of view, though the main focal point is arguably the most boring of the group. Lela, a journalist on the hunt for her next big break. I personally would have preferred the story to have spent more time with some of the more interesting prospects, namely Hannah, a blind teenager who can see supernatural happenings through an electrical implant to help her see, or a former child evangelist turned homeless advocate.
But by far my biggest problem with the writing was how all the events seemed to happen purely by accident rather than the characters making a cohesive plan, which came across as the author knowing where he wants the story to go, just not how to get there. The best example of this was when a supernatural attacks one of the principal characters in Portland landmark, Powell’s city of Books, a suspense filled action sequence that was only made possible because a store employee felt comfortable leaving the character alone in the store overnight, something that just wouldn’t happen in real life and no consequences steamed from the following destruction.
The Dark Net is a convoluted and messy story that despite its promise, ends up slightly nonsensical that’s not creepy enough to scare you or engaging enough to make up for all the complicated technological babble, that in the end makes this a difficult story to enjoy or even finish.
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