Thursday, October 1, 2009

The Awakening by Kelley Armstrong


Title: The Awakening
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication Date: April 28, 2009
Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Age Group: Young Adult
Series: Darkest Powers (Book 2)

Spoiler Alert: The Awakening is the second book in the Darkest Powers trilogy and events follow immediately after the ending of The Summoning. If you have not read The Summoning, please do not read this review as it would reveal significant events in that book and it probably won't even make sense. I posted a review of The Summoning in February.

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Chloe Saunders and three other teens are on the run. They escaped from Lyle House only to be brought back to a different building and kept under lock down by the Edison Group. There Chloe learns that they are all genetically modified supernaturals and are part of an experiment which was supposed to help young supernaturals transition into their powers while remaining integrated into normal society. As 'failed' experiments, it is very possible that Chloe and the others will be terminated, meeting the same fate as their friend Liz. Now the teens are on the run again, trying to determine who they can trust, and trying not to turn on each other in an effort to survive. Not to mention learning how to deal with their growing powers that at least Chloe and Derek are having difficulty learning to control.

Kelly Armstrong ended The Summoning with a major cliff-hanger, leaving me wanting more immediately. Unfortunately, even when The Awakening was released I was placed on a wait list at my library and was unable to read it until now. Armstrong definitely did not disappoint with the second book in the Darkest Powers trilogy. The Awakening has a great blend of action and information discovery. The emotions of the characters run high throughout the book and I think Armstrong did a great job capturing the voices of the teens as they face fear, confusion, and loss. While there is a slight bit of relief or a glimmer of hope at the end of this book, Armstrong still leaves many unanswered questions and leads in to the possibility of a great confrontation in the third and final book. I can barely wait to read The Reckoning which is expected to be released in May 2010.