The Underlighters

The Underlighters

Michelle Browne / Dec 15, 2019

The Underlighters Nightmares are bleeding into her waking world Children are going missing To save them she must overcome her wreck of a personal life and a closet full of skeletons She doesn t know whether the horror

  • Title: The Underlighters
  • Author: Michelle Browne
  • ISBN: 9781484020562
  • Page: 300
  • Format: Paperback
  • Nightmares are bleeding into her waking world Children are going missing To save them, she must overcome her wreck of a personal life and a closet full of skeletons She doesn t know whether the horrors in the shadows are realor if she is going mad 18 year old Janelle Cohen is an electrician in an underground city The world above has been swallowed by mind destroyinNightmares are bleeding into her waking world Children are going missing To save them, she must overcome her wreck of a personal life and a closet full of skeletons She doesn t know whether the horrors in the shadows are realor if she is going mad 18 year old Janelle Cohen is an electrician in an underground city The world above has been swallowed by mind destroying Dust Her small life changes forever when a dragon attacks her on the way home from work Her friends worry that she has the Fever, Dust induced insanity A terrifying trip to the surface of the world, the ancient and abandoned Up, deepens the nightmare With no world left above, she and the other Crows cannot afford to fail 5 stars You will be rewarded with a dive into the depths of imagination that may leave you questioning, breathless and inspired TracingTheStars5 stars Engaging, ground breaking prose that is not afraid to test the reader s boundaries Sara Celi5 stars A wonderful read that is full of life, nightmares, fear, and dreams Casey PeelerNOTE includes harsh language and some challenging content Reader discretion advised.

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      • Michelle Browne

        Michelle Browne is a sci fi fantasy writer from Calgary, AB She has a cat and a partner in crime Her days revolve around freelance editing, jewelry, phuquerie, and nightmares She is currently working on the next books in her series, other people s manuscripts, and drinking as much tea as humanly possible Michelle on


    1. I admit I had the opportunity to review this as a beta reader. It was good then, but much better now. I thoroughly enjoyed The Underlighters. It’s a dark and horrific dystopian fantasy where nightmares take physical shape in the daylight. Within this cyberpunk-horror is an intricate tale of a young girl coming of age, learning she is strong and beautiful and worthy of love.The thin veil separating dream and reality is torn and scattered for poor Janelle. This lovely young lady faces the daily [...]

    2. Book Info: Genre: Dystopian Sci-FiReading Level: Upper Young Adult/New AdultRecommended for: fans of older YA/NA books featuring lesbian character, speculative fictionTrigger Warnings: killing, violence, lesbian sexMy Thoughts: This is, overall, a pretty cool book. I loved the idea behind the Dust and the people having to move underground to escape it, even if it is never explained very well. But since the story is told in journal format, that's not too weird, as the person writing the journal w [...]

    3. I probably wouldn't even be writing a review on this book. Yet, here I am because it is an arc. Had it not been an arc, it would have been my very first DNF. I never read other reviews before starting a book. I don't want to get influenced by them. I do, however, look at stars ratings. And, wow, this one has a 5.0 rating. I was itching to request such a book that must be so fuckawesome. I have learned a valuable lesson. Never judge a book by it's star rating.I don't know if I read a different bo [...]

    4. The Underlighters is a New Adult dystopian horror fantasy the likes of which I could never have imagined. It would sit proudly next to any Stephen King novel. Underlighters are the survivors of a distant disaster now forced to live underground under artificial lighting. It is all about the loved - seen through the eyes of Janelle an electrician living beneath Up (the surface)where The Dust prevails. Janelle searches for love, the lost and tries to come to terms with her dreaming and her sexualit [...]

    5. What a book!!! First, I have to say, I was impressed with the way this story developed. It was a natural progression of discover, unveiling, and growth. The character development transformed in with each passing detail about the world, the struggles, and the mystery of the dust. This dystopian fantasy focuses not only on the coming of age story of Janelle, but an interesting mystery about “dust” and missing kids.Second- what great storytelling. I was impressed with Michelle Browne’s writin [...]

    6. Let me apologize now if this is taken wrong or offends anyone. Not my intention. But I am supossed to be honest here. I did not care for this book at all. I found it to be very confusing at times, and even walked away at some points to figure out what exactly I was reading. It's written from our main character Janelle's pov through her journal entries. That could have worked, except her entries went from how she was feeling to entire scenes and conversations that were word for word between other [...]

    7. What a breath of fresh air, laughing fresh air hah if you read the book you will giggle a little too. When you live underground to avoid the Dust Dust you say? Not zombies?? Not vampires? Not a pandemic? Nope DUST! Oh me oh my but this dust is more than just the maid wipes down off the piano on Tuesdays, this dust drove whole cities underground. Wait, it does have a dragon and scary spider monsters no clowns though!Written in first person and in a journal style story, this had to be really good. [...]

    8. I got this book from the author, free of cost, in exchange of an honest review from my side.Firstly I would like to thank Michelle Browne, author of The Underwriters fro giving me this wonderful opportunity of reading and reviewing this special book of hers.I totally was blown away by this story, it's really really awesome and excellently executed by the author through her remarkable words.I never before read a dystopian novel with the horror element woven so intricately with each and every scen [...]

    9. The Underlighters is written in diary entries that are fully descriptive and focused accounts of events as they unfold for protagonist Janelle. As a primary character, Janelle is a brilliant creation. She is broken, sad, unsure of herself--the perfect heroine. It's this type of character that the reader can empathize with and root on. She's the strong, silent type who performs her job, dispatches the demons, and loves with all of her heart--without bragging or expecting anything in return.That b [...]

    10. First of all KUDOS to the author on a completely original plot! I really enjoyed a different twist on a post-apocalyptic Earth. I have never come across anything similar to the Dust that has forced most of the Earth’s inhabitants to live underground. I really enjoyed that. I give this 3.5 stars.This is the first time I have read a book in a journal format. I am still kind of up in the air on how I feel about it still. I did not like it at first but after a while it did grow on me somewhat. I t [...]

    11. Michelle Browne has quickly become one of my favorite indie authors around. I read the Underlighters when it was part of the Loved, the Lost, the Dreaming short story collections (if you haven't read it, you totally should) and it's still one of my favorite horror stories of the modern generation. It breaks from the cliched Unholy Trinity of Horror, the zombie, the vampire, the werewolf, in lieu of the products of nightmares. I mean that literally, as much of the story is derived from the author [...]

    12. I received a copy of this book via to review.Written in first person, via journal entry, I found this novel to be long and trying. Janelle Cohen is a 18 year old girl living underground whose dreams and nightmares are distorting her sense of reality. Her mixed up love life and state of mind keep her from knowing what is and isn't real. The main thing they have to fear in this underground community isdust.Yes like M Night Shyamalan wind in The Happening. Here it is breathing in dust. To be fair [...]

    13. I was given a copy of this for an honest review.I didn't enjoy this book, I'm sorry. The idea was interesting but the execution was not done well. I found myself getting easily bored and distracted when reading it. The characters never interested me in the least. They fell flat and I really could have cared less for them. I really not a fan of saying negative review. Doesn't mean I haven't but just something I don't tend to enjoy. It wasn't for me, I had hoped it would be. I love post apocalypti [...]

    14. The novel, "The Underlighters" by Michelle Patricia Browne, is a dystopian horror adventure with a great protagonist who progresses through her coming of age journey in the midst of a world none of us would recognize. That is, we wouldn't recognize it without the deft writing skills of Ms. Browne. She quickly establishes this new world environment and continues to add dark, complex layers to it as the story unfolds.Despite the darkness and despair in the world she has skillfully created, Ms. Bro [...]

    15. 'The Underlighters' is a dystopian sci-fi horror novel told in diary format by a teenager named Janelle. A few entries in she admits to being jittery and that's very much the tone that's been set from the beginning.There are some creepy moments with freaky creatures, leading up to the big scares later. There are also some seriously sexy bits as there's a very sexually liberal attitude in the society created here. The world building Browne does so well is very much present, making all the little [...]

    16. This was surprisingly good. I loved the non traditional romance and the post apocalyptic future that felt incredibly real. The storyline and characters were gripping and believable even in the more fantastic elements of the story. The strange personal pronouns were a touch confusing, but I felt the context more than made up for this. Really enjoyable and addictive.

    17. This is a book review based on a free copy from the author. Many thanks go to the author for this generosity.The same review is also available in my blog:bookunderthesun/20-------------------------------------------------------------------This book is one of those few which catch me in a grip in the beginning and just force me to flip through the story, trying to unravel the mysteries and know the truth behind. It is, unfortunately, also another book which left me disappointed in its choice to s [...]

    18. I would like to thank the author, Michelle Browne, for granting me the chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review. Though I received the e-book for free that in no way influences this review.Nightmares are bleeding into her waking world. Children are going missing. To save them, she must overcome her wreck of a personal life and a closet full of skeletons. She doesn’t know whether the horrors in the shadows are realor if she is going mad. 18-year-old Janelle Cohen is an electric [...]

    19. The Underlighters by Michelle Browne - Enter the Giveaway!Now Through September 19 at Tome Tender! The Underlighters by Michelle Browne is a very disturbing look at a dystopian future world, holding only a bleak future for its inhabitants. Teenaged Janelle is training as an electrician, not because she is dying for the position, but because there isn’t much else in store for her future, until the day she comes home bloody and bruised with a fantastic tale of slaying a real dragon and the claw [...]

    20. ***Review has been done in conjunction with Nerd Girl Official. For more information regarding our reviews please visit our Fansite: facebook/NerdGirl *** So in all honesty, I got a slow start on this book, which might’ve been due to my own hectic brain, but though the book started slow for me, I’m incredibly glad I finished this book. I adore The Underlighters. This book takes City of Ember, increases the age, add the dystopian society and even mixes in some Neil Gaiman “Sandman”-like [...]

    21. Original posting on Gaga Over BooksI got this book in exchange of an honest review. A GR group Shut Up and Read is doing this R2R for indie authors. And I wanted to check such program. As I have never really participated in other group R2R's.Anyway, I signed up for this book and started reading it but my experience with this book sadly was not a good one. The start had me excited. Dragons. But then confusion struck me. She was writing a journal right from the beginning and I failed to see that u [...]

    22. (Notes stored here for the wife, who plans to have me read it eventually)She enjoyed the Underlighters a lot, though she said it could benefit from very specific proofreading(I guess it was mostly clean, but there were some errors, particularly recurring errors with commas, that bugged her) and the narrative tone was the best when the author toned down the filler words intended to emphasize the youth of the narrator.Her favorite thing, though, was in Browne's handling of the setting. She said th [...]

    23. I received a copy of this book from the author for review. The plot of The Underlighters is a not an atypical post-apocalyptic story. Something bad has happened, people are forced to adapt and the unlikely hero/heroine emerges to save humanity. I can't say that I found anything really new or groundbreaking in this story. It was easy to read, though many of the characters actions were frustrating and seemed incredibly teenaged considering I understood the characters were supposed to be young adul [...]

    24. So this book was unlike anything I’ve ever read before. I loved it from the beginning–why? I LOVE stories about secret underground places. They have always fascinated me and that’s what drew me into this story. I loved the mystery behind the Dust and the way the underground city functioned. The journal format worked well for the story. Usually I’m not a fan of journal format but this was presented in a story, as in it had dialogue and read like an a story not a journal where its just the [...]

    25. *I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.*To be honest, I wanted to read this book purely from the blurb. The blurb itself, is fantastic. It's short, snappy, grabs the attention and promises to deliver. The cover too, is amazingly crafted.But onto the book itself. I felt like it fell flat for me, but I must stress this, that is purely on personal opinion! For many people, and I can see that in other reviews, this book is extremely well-liked. That's becaus [...]

    26. “The Underlighters” by Michelle Brown is a dark dystopian novel that is very original: 18 year old Janelle and her friends like to hang out in the underground city in a post-apocalyptic setting where dust on the surface is a threat to human kind. Janelle gets attacked by a dragon, but nobody believes her. On top of that she suffers from nightmare visions that could be an effect of dust exposure and she has a hard time distinguishing between dream and reality herself.I loved the setting and t [...]

    27. ‘The Underlighters’ is something of a crossover novel, containing elements of science fiction and horror, but with some underlying messages about politics and social justice. Ms Browne’s characters live in an underground city, the surface of the planet having been taken over by The Dust – a dangerous and otherworldly entity from which the stuff of nightmares is fashioned.Having read the author’s previous offerings of ‘And the Stars Will Sing’ and ‘The Stolen’, I was anticipatin [...]

    28. I was provided with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review Underlighters is a gritty (in a good way!), fast-paced horror/paranormal drama/romance set in the not-so-distant future. It is written from the point of view of the main character, Janelle in a journal format. I found this novel to be very exciting. I loved the writing style and the whole feel of it. It was atypical of books normally of the genre. Janelle is a young adult, about 18, who lives with her single dad in Und [...]

    29. 4.80There's so much that I loved about this book I'll start with the main character, Janelle: •She was amazing and felt so real, reading from her was so easy and I felt very connected with her as the voice and felt like I could relate, in some ways, and understand her.•I also very much appreciated what was done with this book when it came to a future outlook of people and the way they choose to live their lives- how they we open minded basically.It was done really well and never felt like a [...]

    30. "The Underlighters", is told through journal entries written by Janelle Cohen, a late teen girl who is coming of age in a post-apocalytpic/disaster Earth future in which Earth's population has been forced to live underground by a mysterious substance known as Dust. There are two very uniquely developed storylines that unfold within the pages and excerpts from Janelle's journal. One of them is her own story, which tells of her experiences living in an underground city, her job as a training elect [...]

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