The Awakening by Kelley ArmstrongThe Awakening by Kelley Armstrong

The Awakening

byKelley Armstrong

Paperback | June 14, 2011

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Book II in the Darkest Powers trilogy takes us deeper into a world where the supernatural intrudes on the everyday with riveting effect.

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 group of people who call themselves The Edison Group. What does that mean? For starters, 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.

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 gain our freedom back before The Edison Group finds us first. Or die trying.
Kelley Armstrong is the New York Times bestselling author of the Women of the Otherworld series. She has been telling stories since before she could write. Her earliest written efforts were disastrous. If asked for a story about girls and dolls, hers would invariably feature undead girls and evil dolls, much to her teachers’ dismay. Al...
Title:The AwakeningFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 7.26 × 5.12 × 0.93 inPublished:June 14, 2011Publisher:PRH Canada Young ReadersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0385667590

ISBN - 13:9780385667593

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Second book to an amazing series One of my favorite books ever! Great story line and characters.The second book to an amazing series
Date published: 2018-02-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book! This was a good book, I loved the style of writing! #plumreview
Date published: 2018-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Kelley Armstrong perfectly blends the supernatural genre into a road-trip-esque story! The story takes place over less than a week but nothing is rushed. A definite re-read.
Date published: 2018-01-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Reckoning A unique fantasy idea. A good sequel.
Date published: 2017-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! Just as good as the first, loved the character development!
Date published: 2017-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ONLY 3 books in this series :( Chloe and her friends run away from the Lyle house. She sees ghosts and can raise the dead. Her and her friends want their freedom from the Edison group and will risk it all or die trying. This the 3rd and final book in the Darkest Powers series BUT it ties in with The Darkness Rising series and ofcourse The Otherworld series so fret not. A definite MUST #ReadTheNorth
Date published: 2017-10-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very good I really enjoyed this book, it was a really god continuation to the first book. I can't wait to get to the third book.
Date published: 2017-09-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting The story gets a little more whack but definitively more interesting.
Date published: 2017-08-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great follow up I have such a soft spot for Derek. I'm really hoping Kelley will do another werewolf/necromancer love story. Love the character development from the first book!
Date published: 2017-08-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from As good as the first The second book is as engaging as the first! There's more action and more of Derek, which I love. #plumreviews
Date published: 2017-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved, Loved, Loved this book!!! The first book was great... but one is even better!!! Really loving this whole series! Great plot, great length... even greater characters!!!
Date published: 2017-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from No Second Book Slump !!! I adore Kelley Armstrong! She is definitely one of my favourite authors. She has a very exciting way of writing suspense and mystery. I love the characters in this series...Chloe, Simon and Derek are amazing. I enjoy re-reading this series, it's thrilling!
Date published: 2017-06-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this book!!! I totally recommend this series! I loved the first book and the second! I can't wait to read the third book and see what happens next!
Date published: 2017-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Addicted to the series I recommend this series if you want one that you won't be able to put down.
Date published: 2017-05-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh It was good but a bit slow than the first one #plumreview
Date published: 2017-05-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not enough substance Most of the book was filler. I liked the first book best.
Date published: 2017-05-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Too Long - Not Enough Substance I'm just confused as to why these books are so long! If I thought this would be an improvement on the first, it's not. This time there's no plot or climax whatsoever. It's about four supernatural teenagers on the run from an experimental group that was holding them hostage in the first book. Most of the second book is filler. Somehow I still feel that I will end up reading the last book. Despite their length, these books are still really easy to read and engaging enough to get through quickly. However, Armstrong really would have just been better off writing one decent book instead of breaking it up into three really sub par parts.
Date published: 2017-03-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Better than the first This series is great. While the first book has Chloe locked in a group home, here she's on the run with her friends, trying to escape a mysterious group after them named the Edison Group
Date published: 2017-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Great book, fast paced exciting read. I always recommend Kelley Armstrong. Not sure I would want to be a necromancer though.. (if they actually existed :P ) #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from And it continues I loved this book even more than the first! The story keeps developing. Action filled!
Date published: 2017-02-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very good Another good one, really liked it.
Date published: 2017-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Fast paced and great characters. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love it so much! I've read this book so many times, I can't even count anymore. It's just that good! Such an amazing story line and characters that are extremely well developed. Kelley Armstrong is such an amazing author, I don't know what I'd do without her and her books!
Date published: 2017-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I started reading this book right after I finished the first one. I honestly could not wait to start reading. I feel this book is even better then the first. It has more action scenes in this one and it will keep you wanting more. As well as this book ending, it will have you asking questions and curiosity.
Date published: 2016-12-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good second book! We get to see Chloe struggling with new information about her and along with Derek and Simon and Tori, travel from town to town to get to the only person they know that could get them a safe shelter and give them some explanations. Along the road and some misfortune incidents, we get to see another Chloe. A girl that's struggling to keep that good old girl behavior she had, while everything around her keeps changing and she finds herself changing as well. She gets more aggressive and more independent. She starts loosing trust in almost everyone expect from the two brothers that promised her that they will keep her safe. This was so much better than the first book. There is more action going on and we see another side of Tori I thought it never existed. In the first book I hated her but now I feel sorry for her. Derek seems to talk more now that they are on the run and Chloe getting to test her limits. Something she never thought of in her previous secure life. Kelley Armstrong managed to deliver a sitting-on-the-edge book with quick passing pages that doesn’t make you bored at all. I couldn't guess what will happen next and that's a plus! It wasn't predictable at all! Overall I would say go grab the book now!
Date published: 2016-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing everyone needs to read this
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from 6-10 It was a good book. Kelley Armstrong is very talented, but it lacked attention-grabbing events. Meh.
Date published: 2015-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Photographer I have loved every book in this series. Such a talented women written great books that captivated me from the first chapter of the first book.
Date published: 2014-10-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The awakening I enjoyed it. Not very eventful though. Hard to keep my attention.
Date published: 2014-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The awaking Love this book!
Date published: 2014-02-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The awakening It was a good book:-)
Date published: 2014-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great A good follow up to first book.
Date published: 2013-07-31

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Chapter OneWhen the door to my cell clicked open, the first thought that flitted through my doped-up brain was that Liz had changed her mind and come back. But ghosts don’t open doors. They will, on occasion, ask me to open one, so I can raise and interrogate the zombies of supernaturals killed by a mad scientist, but they never need one opened for themselves.I sat up in bed and rubbed my bleary eyes, blinking away the lingering fog of the sedative. For a moment, the door stayed open only a crack. I slid from the bed, tiptoeing across the thick carpet of my fake hotel room, praying the person on the other side had been called away and I could escape before these people started whatever experiments they’d brought me here to –“Hello, Chloe.” Dr. Davidoff beamed his best kindly-old-man smile as he pushed the door wide. He wasn’t that old – maybe fifty – but in a movie, I’d cast him as the doddering absent-minded scientist. It was an act I’m sure he’d worked on until he got it just right.The woman behind him had chic blond hair and a New York suit. I’d cast her as the mother of the nastiest girl in class. Which was cheating, because that’s exactly who she was. Mother of Victoria – Tori – Enright, the one housemate we’d left out of our plans when we’d escaped from Lyle House, and for good cause, considering she was one of the reasons I’d needed to escape.Tori’s mom carried a Macy’s bag, like she’d just been out shopping and popped in to conduct a few horrific experiments before heading to lunch.“I know you have a lot of questions, Chloe,” Dr. Davidoff said as I sat on the edge of the bed. “We’re here to answer them for you. We just need a little help from you first.”“Simon and Derek,” Mrs. Enright said. “Where are they?”I looked from her to Dr. Davidoff, who smiled and nodded encouragingly, like he fully expected me to turn in my friends.I’d never been an angry kid. I’d never run away from home. Never stamped my feet and screamed that life was unfair and I wished I’d never been born. Whenever my dad told me we were moving again and I needed to transfer schools, I’d swallowed a whiny “but I just made new friends,” nod, and tell him I understood.Accept your lot. Count your blessings. Be a big girl.Now, looking back at a life of doing what I was told, I realized I’d bought into the game. When adults patted me on the head and told me I was so grown-up, what they really meant was that they were glad I wasn’t grown-up enough yet to question, to fight back.Looking at Dr. Davidoff and Mrs. Enright, I thought of what they’d done to me – lying to me, locking me up – and I wanted to stamp my feet. Wanted to scream. But I wasn’t going to give them that satisfaction.I widened my eyes as I met Mrs. Enright’s gaze. “You mean you haven’t found them yet?”I think she would have slapped me if Dr. Davidoff hadn’t lifted his hand.“No, Chloe, we haven’t found the boys,” he said. “We’re very concerned for Simon’s safety.”“Because you think Derek might hurt him?”“Not intentionally, of course. I know Derek’s fond of Simon.”Fond? What a strange word to use. Derek and Simon were foster brothers, tighter than any blood brothers I knew. Sure, Derek was a werewolf, but that wolf part of him was what would stop him from ever hurting Simon. He’d protect him at all costs – I’d already seen that.My skepticism must have shown on my face, because Dr. Davidoff shook his head, as if disappointed in me. “All right, Chloe. If you can’t spare any concern for Simon’s safety, maybe you can for his health.”“W-what ab-bou–” My stutter cropped up most when I was nervous, and I couldn’t let them know they’d struck a nerve. So I tried again, slower now. “What about his health?”“His condition.”Apparently I wasn’t the only one who watched too many movies. Now they would tell me that Simon had some rare medical condition and if he didn’t get his medicine within twelve hours, he’d spontaneously combust.“What condition?”“He has diabetes,” Dr. Davidoff said. “His blood sugar levels need to be monitored and regulated.”“With one of those blood testing things?” I said slowly, thinking back. Simon had always disappeared into the bathroom before meals. I’d thought he just liked to wash up. I’d bumped into him once coming out as he’d been shoving a small black case into his pocket.“That’s right,” Dr. Davidoff said. “With proper care, diabetes is easily managed. You weren’t aware of it because you didn’t need to be. Simon leads a normal life.”“Except for one thing,” Tori’s mom said.She reached into the Macy’s bag and took out a backpack. It looked like Simon’s, but I wasn’t falling for that – they’d probably bought a matching one. Sure, she pulled out a hoodie I recognized as Simon’s, but he’d left behind a whole closet of clothing at Lyle House. Easy enough to grab stuff from there.Next came a pad of paper and pouch of colored pencils. Simon’s room was filled with his comic book sketches. Again, easy enough to –Mrs. Enright flipped through the sketch pad, holding up pages. Simon’s work in progress. He’d never have left that behind.Finally, she laid a flashlight on the table. The flashlight from Lyle House – the one I’d watched him put into his bag.“Simon slipped going over the fence,” she said. “He had his backpack over one shoulder. It fell. Our people were right behind him so he had to leave it. There’s something in here that Simon needs much more than clothing and art supplies.”She opened a navy nylon pouch. Inside were two penlike vials, one filled with cloudy liquid, the other clear. “The insulin to replace what Simon’s body can’t produce. He injects himself with these three times a day.”“What happens if he doesn’t?”Dr. Davidoff took over. “We aren’t going to scare you and say that if Simon skips a single shot, he’ll die. He’s already missed his morning one, and I’m sure he only feels a bit out of sorts. But by tomorrow, he’ll be vomiting. In about three days, he’ll lapse into a diabetic coma.” He took the pouch from Tori’s mom and set it in front of me. “We need to get this to Simon. To do that, you need to tell us where he is.”I agreed to try.

Editorial Reviews

“[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.”