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A Neon Darkness, the second Bright Sessions novel from creator Lauren Shippen, asks: “What if the X-Men, instead of becoming superheroes, decided to spend some time in therapy?” (Vox)

Robert Gorham always gets what he wants. But the power of persuasion is as potent a blessing as it is a curse.

Robert is alone until a group of strangers who can do impossible things - produce flames without flint, conduct electricity with their hands, and see visions of the past - welcome him. They call themselves Unusuals, and they give Robert a new name, too: Damien.

Finally, finally he belongs. As long as he can keep his power under control.

But control is a sacrifice he might not be willing to make.

A Macmillan Audio production from Tor Teen

©2020 Lauren Shippen (P)2020 Macmillan Audio

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All of Lauren Shippen’s writing is incredible, written in book form or script form i’d consume it forever. The cast that she’s accumulated, including Carlie Ian, really care about their characters and you can definitely feel that through this novel. The characters are rounded and believable, easy to empathise with or for, and are acted in such a way that you feel like you’re friends with them too. Can’t wait to read (or listen to) the next book in the series and if you haven’t already, check out the infinite noise and all of the Atypical Artists podcasts.

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  • alsimvilla
  • 25-11-2020

This is a Prequel

After the Infinite Noise, I could not wait for this one. I am not familiar with the Bright Sessions and its characters but this was pretty good. Damian or Robert's character was an emotional rollercoaster, I was split between loving him and than hating him. This Universe of the Atypicals or Unusuals interest me and enjoy Lauren Shippen's books so far. To get a better idea of who Damian is, I've been told to check out the Bright Session's podcast, which I plan on doing.

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  • Kyle
  • 03-11-2020

Horribly Unlikeable

The characters in this book are all so Unlikeable. Not one character is worth rooting for. All they do is constantly tell the main character how terrible if a person he is and tell him to control his power, but no one offers to try and help him. I can now understand why YA are so dramatic these days, it's because of terrible examples like the characters in this book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-10-2020

good story

I enjoyed the story. it's a slow and subtle burn and I suggest reading or listening to brights sessions first.

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  • Alexxa Robinson
  • 17-10-2020

5 Star Read & Listen

Great story based off of chatacters in The Bright Sessions audio drama by Shippen. The same voice actor in the audio drama, Charlie Ian, reads the story giving it such life! Worth the listen!! Can't wait for The Bright Sessions book #3!

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  • ana monten
  • 17-10-2020

All over the place

This book felt very choppy to me, it felt like it was missing something I think it had potential that was just not fully met. I think that if the character was going to be a villain he should embrace it but he really couldn't succeed at that either. I guess that's the point of the character that he works against himself, he can succeed at being good or bad.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-10-2020

Amazing

The perfect writing mixed with amazing acting makes this the perfect book for anyone who is struggling to fit in

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  • Turk
  • 04-10-2020

Perfect for fellow Villain lovers

Just to preface, I've listened to the entirety of The Bright Sessions, and re-listened to all the episodes Damien appears in countless time. I pre-ordered this books as soon as I could and got both the Hardcover and Audiobook. This book is all I could ask for and more. It provides just enough clarity into the making of Damien and and the thematic death of who he once was. Voiced fantastically by Charlie Ian, you can even here the change in the last few pages. If you haven't listened to TBS before reading, this book will definitely make you just to hear the continuation of Damien's story. Although it's advertised as a standalone, if you're like me and want perfect context and hindsight in your stories, I would recommend giving TBS a listen through beforehand, otherwise you will be thinking about what you might be missing throughout the book as it does leave some questions unanswered. Love this character and this book and would love a continuation of his story/character development after the events of AND and TBS!!

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  • E.L.
  • 03-10-2020

amazing!!

I definitely recommend this audiobook to anyone who liked The Bright Sessions. Charlie Ian did an awesome job narrating Robert and the rest of the characters, and just like his character in the podcast, I found myself fascinated by him and seeing how he ultimately became Damien. The only nit-picky thing I have with it (and this isn't on Charlie so much as production, I think) is that there are very little pauses in between switching POV so pay attention closely. Other than that, AMAZING!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-10-2020

Phenomenal

Shippen writes the inner workings of Robert with masterful tact and grace, exhibiting some of the despicable choices he makes from behind his pair of lenses while still showcasing the way they affect others and how the rest of the world views them. Truly provides insight into the character of Robert and how he became the Damien podcast listeners know and helps provide understanding of both the person we know now and the person he could have become.

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