©2023 Fable Group Inc.

Out of Darkness

By Ashley Hope Pérez
Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Pérez digital book - Fable

Why read on Fable?

Discover social reading

Chat inside the ebook with emojis, comments and more

Annotate with notes, tabs, and highlights

Share or keep your notes private with our annotation features

Support the World Literacy Foundation

We donate 20% of every book sale to help children learn to read

Publisher Description

A Michael L. Printz Honor Book

"This is East Texas, and there's lines. Lines you cross, lines you don't cross. That clear?"

New London, Texas. 1937. Naomi Vargas and Wash Fuller know about the lines in East Texas as well as anyone. They know the signs that mark them. They know the people who enforce them. But sometimes the attraction between two people is so powerful it breaks through even the most entrenched color lines. And the consequences can be explosive.

Ashley Hope Pérez takes the facts of the 1937 New London school explosion—the worst school disaster in American history—as a backdrop for a riveting novel about segregation, love, family, and the forces that destroy people.

"[This] layered tale of color lines, love and struggle in an East Texas oil town is a pit-in-the-stomach family drama that goes down like it should, with pain and fascination, like a mix of sugary medicine and artisanal moonshine."—The New York Times Book Review

"Pérez deftly weaves [an] unflinchingly intense narrative....A powerful, layered tale of forbidden love in times of unrelenting racism."―starred, Kirkus Reviews

"This book presents a range of human nature, from kindness and love to acts of racial and sexual violence. The work resonates with fear, hope, love, and the importance of memory....Set against the backdrop of an actual historical event, Pérez...gives voice to many long-omitted facets of U.S. history."―starred, School Library Journal

20 Reviews

Loudly Crying Face“One of the hardest reads at this moment, but truly expressed and explained of such past views and lives.”
Characters change and growDiverse charactersMulti-layered charactersBeautifully writtenOriginal writingHeartbreakingBeautiful setting
Loudly Crying Face“oh my goodness, I was tears when i got to the end!! i was in complete shambles over the loss that Beto went through. so, so, beautifully written, i wanted the best for all the protagonist. i knew that this story would have a tragic ending from the explosion hinting at the beginning, but i did not realize how the explosion was the beginning of the end for Naomi and the gang. Still so beautifully so beautifully written despite the tragedy”
Likable charactersRelatable charactersBeautifully writtenEasy to readAddictiveHeartbreakingSuspensefulMade me cryMeaningfulMemorable
Loudly Crying Face“This has to be one of the most difficult books I have read in a long time. And important. Beautifully written.”
Original charactersBeautifully writtenTragicRealistic settingDark
Thinking Face“The last chapter made this book for me. When I finished, I wanted to wrap my arms around Beto and never let him go.”
Characters change and growDiverse charactersEasy to readHeartbreakingTragicHistorically-accurateHeartbreakingMemorablePoliticalThought-provoking
Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes“I read this book a few years okay, and oh my god. If I could give this book 6 stars I would. Favorite read to this day.”
Diverse charactersBeautifully writtenHeartbreakingHistorically-accurateComing of ageHeartbreakingMade me cry

About Ashley Hope Pérez

Ashley Hope Pérez is the author of award-winning books for young adults, including What Can’t Wait, The Knife and the Butterfly, and Out of Darkness. Out of Darkness was described by The New York Times as a “layered tale of color lines, love and struggle” and was named one of Booklist’s “50 Best YA Books of All Time.” It also won the 2016 Tomás Rivera Book Award, the 2016 Américas Award, and a 2016 Printz honor for excellence in young adult literature from the American Library Association. When she’s not writing or hanging out with her two beautiful sons, Liam Miguel and Ethan Andrés, Ashley teaches world literature at The Ohio State University. Visit her online at www.ashleyperez.com or find her on Twitter and Instagram: @ashleyhopeperez.

Start a Book Club

Start a public or private book club with this book on the Fable app today!


Do I have to buy the ebook to participate in a book club?

Why can’t I buy the ebook on the app?

How is Fable’s reader different from Kindle?

Do you sell physical books too?

Are book clubs free to join on Fable?

How do I start a book club with this book on Fable?

Error Icon
Save to a list
Private List
Private lists are not visible to other Fable users on your public profile.
Notification Icon