After embracing the terrible notion that all living things must die, a conflicted man by the name of Rasck attempts to eradicate all of life by using a physics-altering power called Soula. Endeavoring to remove pain from the world, he sets out on a hallowed mission to systematically destroy all he can. In doing so, his influence and power grow as he amasses a strong following of people called the Falling Sun, wages successful genocide, and precipitates worldwide conflict. In response, Deceus, a charismatic and historical figure, and Zarra, a member of a vigilante group called the Fearnaughts, rise to challenge him and reinstate meaning in life. As the two opposing forces travel across torn lands, the contrast between their visions is explored through their imaginations, attempts to understand one another, and mind-altering confrontations. In the end, The Darkest Light is a human story that exemplifies the power of our beliefs, feelings, and efforts as sentient enigmas.
“Why?” It’s a question we all must ask ourselves. For Dalton, it was the driving question behind The Darkest Light, his debut book. However, if you were to ask him why he authored it, he would ask you in turn, “That depends… what did it mean to you?” Such is his philosophy when it comes to writing and reading. There is no clear answer, and there likely never will be. For some, the book could be a testament to the unwavering struggles we who live face. For others, it could be a reflective journey on the drivers of time, something simply obvious on the outside but internally complex and infinite. For you, it could mean something entirely else. It could inspire you, frighten you, challenge you, break you, or make you—and that is both wonderful and horrifying. Be careful of meaning—it may be all we really have.