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The Awakening by Kelley Armstrong

#19 of 200

Original Language: English
Publisher: Harper Collins
Country: United States of America
Publication Date: 2009
ISBN: 978-0-06-166276-8
Page Count: 357
Chloe Saunders is a living science experiment—not only can she see ghosts, but she was genetically altered by a sinister organization called the Edison Group. She’s a teenage necromancer whose powers are out of control,which means she can raise the dead without even trying. Now Chloe’s running for her life with three of her supernatural friends—a charming sorcerer, a cynical werewolf, and a disgruntled witch—and they have to find someone who can help them before the Edison Group catches them. Or die trying…
Kelley Armstrong continues her mind capturing Darkest Powers trilogy in The Awakening. Chloe Saunders, a fifteen year old new to her powers as anecromancer, was betrayed to the Edison Group at the end of The Awakening. While there Chloe learns she and her friends are genetically altered supernaturals, part of an experiment called Genesis II.


Armstrong continues the adventures of Chloe and the runaways from Llye House, creating a convincing love triangle between Chloe, and brothers Simon and Derek. With souped up, and out of control, powers, Armstrong writes the puberty experience from hell.

The Awakening is as creative as The Summoning and combines theories of magic and science. Armstrong brings werewolves, vampires and magicians to life in a new way; a hard thing to do in the current Twilight crazed environment. Armstrong manages to assign adult duties to a group of teenagers who want nothing more than acceptance, and she does it without giving them delusions of grandeur.

The relationship between Chloe and her friends develops better in The Awakening. Better friendships are formed and more background on the others, Simon, Derek and Tori, is developed. There is also some background for Chloe’s supernatural family history.

Like The Summoning, the Awakening ends with an slight twist, and with Chloe and her friends unaware of where they are heading. The Darkest Powers trilogy concludes in The Reckoning.
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Judging by the Cover: It was while reading the Awakening that I come to appreciate the cover for the trilogy. The pose of the cover model is centred and shows more of her face. She also holds the ‘ruby’, now a brilliant blue, in her hands. The stone was what caught my eye in the first place. It made me assume that each instalment of the trilogy was a different girl, and the stones played some importance in the trilogy. Instead, it is the same necklace and it is changing colour as the adventure progresses. 
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