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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday Canada (June 14 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385667590
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385667593
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.4 x 18.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #226,515 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Quill & Quire

As the second book in Kelley Armstrong’s The Darkest Powers trilogy opens, 15-year-old Chloe Saunders is still clinging, albeit precariously, to the notion that her life may one day return to its dull but safe routines. Never mind that her failed attempt to escape from the mysterious Lyle House group home has landed her in an even more sinister containment facility, and that her only adult ally, Aunt Lauren, appears to have been working for the bad guys all along. Such is the optimism of youth. That sense of optimism against great odds tempers The Awakening’s increasingly dark supernatural elements and steers the novel clear of the goth-kitsch realm of a certain much-beloved teen vampire saga. Chloe’s experiences at Lyle House have reluctantly convinced her that she is a necromancer, and not, as the doctors and nurses there insist, suffering from the first stages of schizophrenia. Being a necromancer comes with its own set of headaches and challenges – visits from disembodied spirits and unwittingly raised corpses topping the list – but at least it’s better than being mentally ill. Now that she understands her true identity, Chloe just wants to learn to channel her powers and get back to her old life. But a cabal of ruthless scientists will do anything to stop Chloe and the other supernaturally gifted teens from living to see adulthood. Armstrong keeps Chloe and her friends’ typically adolescent identity struggles in the forefront as the conspiracies and clues pile up, grounding the novel in emotions familiar to YA readers. Derek, a budding lycanthrope humanized by his role as Chloe’s protector, is a particularly strong creation, a brooding mass of conflicted hormones and good intentions badly executed. The suspense rarely lets up, and fans of Armstrong’s adult Otherworld novels will enjoy the parallels between Chloe and her supernatural friends’ adventures and those of their grown-up counterparts. Bring on the third novel. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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“[The Awakening] hits the ground running, leaving readers tripping, stumbling and racing to keep up.… Will exhilarate even readers new to the series.”
Kirkus starred review

“Armstrong has some fun toying with supernatural teen thriller conventions, and the taut pacing should please fans of the exploding genre.”
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Scully TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 27 2009
Format: Paperback
The Awakening, by Kelley Armstrong is a fantastic second installment to the Darkest Powers trilogy. Continuing the story of 15-year-old Chloe Saunders, who after discovering she is a necromancer ends up in a flight for her life, the stakes are even higher in The Awakening than they were in The Summoning, because now Chloe knows that her life is not as important to her pursuers as keeping her and her secret contained.

After making her escape from the deceptive Lyle House, and having been betrayed by the one person she trusts most in the world, Chloe is once again trapped by the mysterious people who know her secret and want to make sure it doesn't get out. And this time, it's not just a simple matter of sneaking out and disabling an alarm to get away. To make matters worse Derek and Simon aren't around to help her, and Rae doesn't seem to want to get out at all. Just when it seems like hope is lost, help comes from a very unexpected source.

The characters we met in the first Darkest Powers novel are back, and I can honestly say there's not a poorly written or out of place character in the book. And the more we learn about each of them, the more there is to like. As information about Simon and Derek's background is revealed, it's hard not to be as invested in them as we are in Chloe, who continues to surprise with her bravery and determination. As obstacle after obstacle is dropped in their path, Chloe and the small band of supernatural misfits never wavers in their efforts to overcome the evils that are after them, and ultimately to save those they left behind.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nicola Mansfield HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on June 25 2009
Format: Paperback
Reason for Reading: Next in the series.

Comments: The story picks up shortly after Book One and without giving much away, I'll say this book's main focus is that of the teens being on the run. While all six teens are still in this book, only five of them are a part of the story and if you've read Book One it may not be the five your thinking of. As all the teens take part in the plot, two of them in particular become the main characters and the undercurrents of a romance are felt boiling beneath the surface.

As often happens with the second book in a trilogy, The Awakening does have a feeling of being the middle part, filler if you will, awaiting the big climax of Book Three. Oh, I still enjoyed it, very much in fact, but the plot just doesn't advance very much. Don't get me wrong, there are still plenty of exciting, tense, and unexpected moments and a couple of reveals along the way. What this book does do though is show a lot of character development. We learn a lot of previously unknown information (secrets even) about each teen and we also get to know each one much more closer. All of the supernaturals, as they call themselves, have personalities which are made up of both likeable and unlikable characteristics making them real people to connect with.

While the plot only slightly advances we do learn a lot of the background of the story, how and why the teens have their powers, and who is after them and why, plus information on their own personal backgrounds. This compiled with the Book One leaves the reader very anxious for the big showdown in Book Three. Having been hit with a cliffhanger ending in The Summoning (which I don't like), I am happy to say that The Awakening leaves us with a more finite, however brief it may be, ending.

Kelley Armstrong is my new found favourite author and I'll be going back and starting her adult series for sure now.
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I read the first book in this series last year, and ended up rereading it again this year so that I could bring myself back up to speed on the story before ploughing ahead with the continuation.

I enjoyed The Awakening as much as The Summoning. Possibly more, since I can safely say that my book tastes have refined a little from last year.

I'm loving this series. I'm loving the way Kelley Armstrong writes. She's got creativity, and she's got a real flair for making realistic characters who are enjoyable to read about. I particularly love that for all there's obvious romantic hinting going on in the book, Chloe really doesn't seem to care. Love that.

Why? Let's recap. Chloe's 15, has only recently found out that she can talk to spirits and sometimes slam them back into their decomposing bodies without meaning to. She's on the run for an organization who tinkered with her genetics in utero and who now want to study her, and who have killed people who didn't quite work out in the past. People have shot at her! Romance? Who's got time for considering local males as potential dating prospects when you're running for your life and don't know who to trust?

Seriously. This is how real people behave, but you wouldn't know it from a lot of YA urban fantasy these days. The trend is to have your lead female see a slightly older male from a distance, feel stirrings in her heart that she can't explain, then fall head-over-heels in love with him. He feels the same way, of course, and can't deny the powerful attraction to her.
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