Today’s blog post is going to be a spoiler-free review for The Dark Between Stars by Atticus so keep on reading if you want to know all of my non-spoilery thoughts.
The Dark Between Stars by Atticus
Rating: ✰✰✰✰/ 5
Where I Got It: Waterstones
One Line Thought: Stunning, both in words and physicality
Page Count: 240
Release Date: 4th September 2018
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The Dark Between Stars is the second book by Atticus, a well-known poet on instagram who I hadn’t heard about before picking up this book. This book is divided into three sections all related to the title: Stars, Between and The Dark. The poems explore the stages of relationships from the beginning, the ups and downs of commitment and then dealing with loneliness when they end. It is an honest take on life and shows that the highs and lows go together and that the darkness and the stars are both needed to fully appreciate all that the universe has to offer.
First of all, can we talk about how beautiful this cover is. I would be lying if I didn’t pick this up partly for the cover itself, I just had to have it on my shelves. The inside of this book is also just as beautiful, not just in words but in physicality also as it has gorgeous black and white photos spread throughout and some of the poems look like they have been handwritten. I thought that this added to my experience of reading this book as it really made me attached to the poems as well as being very aesthetic to look at.
However, a good book is not determined by its looks, it is determined by its writing and this book still did not let me down. The poems weren’t the most unique and they definitely weren’t a masterpiece but they were emotional and I really connected to them and for me that is the sign of a good piece of poetry.
This book made me feel so much and made me reflect on both my previous and current relationships as well as wonder about those I will experience in the future. It showed the beauty of the light and the dark and that is definitely something I can connect to.
Out of the three sections of the book, I definitely preferred the last one titled The Dark compared to the rest. Where the first two focused more on being in love and relationships, The Dark concentrated more on pain and the self. It was the section that I could connect to the most and the part that made me feel the most. I already know that I will be re-reading this section over and over again.
Overall this book is for those that love hard and feel fiercely. It sheds light on necessary pain and is just as beautiful on the inside as it is on the outside. I absolutely adored this book and I can’t wait to pick up Atticus’ first book Love Her Wild as I have heard that it is meant to be even better than this one,
Have you read this book? Let me know what you thought in the comments!