The Awakening is written by Kelley Armstrong. It was published in 2009 by HarperCollins. It is the second book in the Darkest Powers trilogy. My review of the first book can be found here. Armstrong’s website can be found here.
Spoilers for The Summoning.
Genre: Supernatural, Realistic, Young Adult
“If you had met me a few weeks ago, you probably would have described me as an average teenage girl—someone normal. Now my life has changed forever and I’m as far away from normal as it gets. A living science experiment—not only can I see ghosts, but I was genetically altered by a sinister organization called the Edison Group. What does that mean? For starts: I’m a teenage necromancer whose powers are out of control: I raise the dead without even trying. Trust me, that is not a power you want to have. Ever.
Now I’m running for my life with three of my supernatural friends—a charming sorcerer, a cynical werewolf, and a disgruntled witch—and we have to find someone who can help us before the Edison Group finds us first. Or die trying.”
The cloud cover shifted, the light streaming into the room, and I realized I wasn’t looking at fangs but white patches of skull. The bat was decomposing, one eye shriveled, the other a black pit. Most of the flesh was gone; only hanging bits remaining. The bat had no ears, no nose, just a bony snout. The snout opened. Rows of tiny jagged teeth flashed, and it started to shriek, a horrible garbled squeaking.
My shrieks joined it as I scrambled back. The thing pulled itself along on one crumpled wing. It was definitely a bat—and I’d raised it from the dead.
With my gaze fixed on the bat creeping toward me, I forgot about the other one until it flew at my face. I saw it coming—then saw its sunken eyes, bloody stumps of ears, and bone showing through patchy fur. Another zombie bat.
I slammed back into the crates. My hands sailed up to war the bat off, but too late. It hit my face. I screamed then, really screamed as the rotted wings drummed me. The cold body hit my cheek. Tiny claws caught in my hair.
He moved his hand down under his eyes. “You didn’t answer my question. Are you all right?”
“I didn’t do anything.”
“Yeah. You did.” He looked me. “You did a lot.”
His eyes met mine, and I looked into them and I felt…I don’t know what I felt. A strange nameless something I couldn’t even identify as a good something or a bad something, could only feel in my guy, jumping and twitching, until I turned away and looked out over the forest.
Warnings: Violence, some gruesome descriptions.
Recommended Age Range: 14+
What I Liked:
I enjoyed this book as much as the first, and I’m really, really glad. Usually the second in a series is not as good as the first because the first sets a high standard, but not so the case here. Here, the second met the standard of the first.
Sorry, Armstrong, you can’t fool me. You’re so obviously setting up Chloe and Derek. It was obvious in the first book, too, Simon or no Simon. Luckily, I like Derek, so I don’t have a problem with it.
This book has an almost self-contained plot, which I kinda like. It’s not quite self-contained, but it’s almost there, and I like that aspect of it. I like big twists, but I also like plots where the reader learns with the character gradually, and that’s what happens here.
Ha! I knew there was something up with the necklace!
What I Didn’t Like:
Rae, I hope Armstrong does something better with you in the last book. Right now, you’re just a typecast character who exists solely to push the plot along. I was not surprised at all at anything you did.
The summary is a little spoilery. Chloe finds out about the genetic experiments about 50 pages in.
The Awakening was so good, I had to immediately go out and get the last book so I could read it. I normally don’t do that, but I had to know what happened next. That’s when you know a book is good.
Coming Up Next: The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong