Saturday, January 8, 2011

The Awakening (Darkest Powers Trilogy #2) by Kelley Armstrong

Genre: teen fantasy and science fiction
Age Group: Young Adult
Book #: two
Pages: 357
Synopsis: If you had met me a few weeks ago, you probably would have described me as an average teenage 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 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. Now I'm on the run 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.


I had hopes for this book, and those hopes did come true. The Awakening was better than The Summoning (see my review here). It was more action packed, there was more side character and main character interaction, and it was just better.

Chloe is stuck in the Edison Group's lab where she plays innocent until she gets a chance to escape. Derek and Simon haven't been found, and she just found out that Liz is a ghost. Tori is also there because of her mother's connections. Chloe is looking for a way out, when Dr. Davidoff (the man doing this to everyone [that is, the kidnapping, the interrogations, the manipulating]) gives her a perfect opportunity. When Chloe is sent to the library, she opens up Dr. Davidoff's computer and finds out that she, Derek, Simon, and Tori are all a part of a Genesis project to heighten their powers. Chloe finds out that Liz, Brady (another boy from Lyle who left before she got there), Tori, Simon, Derek, she, and others, are all a part of the project. And that Brady and Liz were killed because of it. It was so awesome, I couldn't put the book down by this part.

Then Dr. Davidoff recruited her and Tori to help find the boys (Derek and Simon) so that they could come back to the lab. And they take that as their chance to run. A few brawls later, Chloe and Tori are huddled in a warehouse until Derek and Simon come to save them. That's when they break out and head for a hiding place that Derek and Simon had set up ahead of time. But when they're discovered, they're back on the run and Derek and Simon tell them of an emergency contact that their dad had left before he'd disappeared. A man named Andrew who could help them. That's when it all gets more and more interesting.

The entire book is generally Chloe, Simon, Derek and Tori on the run from the Edison Group while trying to find Andrew without looking too suspicious. Derek and Chloe get separated from the group when Derek gets sick and needs to Change (into his werewolf form, that is). Chloe stays with him and they head out together where they get into more brawls and run from truck drivers, werewolves, and the Edison Group. They eventually make it to Simon and Tori, but that's at the near end of the book. I got my times mixed up throughout the book, mostly because times seemed longer than they were.

Over all, The Awakening was far better than The Summoning. I loved the action, the mystery, and the side character-main character interactions. Chloe seemed less opinionated  and considered other ideas more. She seemed to grow more in this book, taking in the rough surroundings and street-smarts as she went along with Derek. I really liked this book and am very excited for The Reckoning.

The Cover: her necklace does come up more in this book and it does turn blue, but the model is wrong again. This time, Chloe has to dye her hair black because her father has a reward put out for her. There's still no answer to the talisman, but this cover is my favorite of the three in the Darkest Powers Trilogy.

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