The Awakening

The Awakening

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You don't have to be alive to be awakened.

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.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 141 x 203 x 23mm | 299g
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0061450553
  • 9780061450556
  • 64,086

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"A page-turner. Readers will anticipate the book to follow." Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
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"A page-turner. Readers will anticipate the book to follow." -- Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

"Armstrong has some fun toying with supernatural teen thriller conventions, and the taut pacing should please fans of the exploding genre." -- ALA Booklist
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About Kelley Armstrong

When librarians finally granted Kelley Armstrong an adult card, she made straight for the epic fantasy and horror shelves. She spent the rest of her childhood and teen years happily roaming fantastical and terrible worlds, and vowed that someday she'd write a story combining swords, sorcery, and the ravenous undead. That story began with the New York Times bestselling Sea of Shadows and continues with Empire of Night.

Armstrong's first works for teens were the New York Times bestselling Darkest Powers and Darkness Rising trilogies. She lives in rural Ontario with her husband, three children, and far too many pets.
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Rating details

113,011 ratings
4.14 out of 5 stars
5 44% (49,946)
4 32% (36,680)
3 18% (20,281)
2 4% (4,510)
1 1% (1,594)

Our customer reviews

After I finished reading the summoning, I went right away to my school's library to read the sequel. I was able to read it within the span of 3 days. I enjoyed it so much that I could hardly put it down. I had a lot of high hopes from the first book, and this book didn't fail to deliver a great novel with amazing suspense, romance, and general creepiness. Reasons to Read: 1.The Mysterious Edison Group: In the first novel, we heard about the Edison Group, but not a lot was revealed about them. Don't get me wrong, they're still very mysterious, and again only a bit is revealed about them, but the whole thing is just so fascinating that you have to keep reading, because you just can't wait to piece together everything. While this is not a particularly new idea, I think that the group is still really interesting nonetheless. 2.More action: There wasn't a lot of action in the summoning, except for around the second half of the book. There were a lot more action and fight scenes, which I enjoyed. While many of them are against the Edison Group, a fair number of them are also against other groups of people. It was nice to see other types of foes in the novel, besides just the main villains. 3.The Non-Frustrating Love Triangle: Like I've said before, I'm not a huge fan of love triangles. I'm constantly cheering for the guy who will inevitably lose, and I end up hating the other for it. I genuinely liked the two guys in this love triangle: Derek and Simon. They are both very, very different. Derek is the typical tall, dark, and handsome guy, while Simon is the classic boy-next-door. They both have a lot of chemistry with the protaganist, which I think is why I like this triangle so much. In some areas of the book Chloe bugged me a little bit because she refused to use her powers to protect herself, so she wound up being the damsel in distress a lot of the time. She did get a bit better by the end of the book, though, which I was glad of. While I didn't like this book quite as much as the previous, I think that it continues the story very well from where it leaves off, and makes a great addition to the Darkest Powers more
by Dorian
Not too long ago, Chloe Saunders was an ordinary teenage girl with dreams of making movies when she got older. Today she is a necromancer who has no idea how to control her powers or even what all of her powers are. In book one of the DARKEST POWERS series, THE SUMMONING, Chloe and several of her friends escaped from the group home they had been living in. Now, Chloe and Rae are recaptured by the Edison Group, a shady organization that has genetically altered them to try and make use of the powers that many of them were born with. I found THE AWAKENING to be well-written, descriptive, and thoroughly engaging. This book had soul-searching, action, and even a little teen angst - although it only had a little to do with being a teen and a lot to do with being a supernatural with very little control over their lives or their powers. I would definitely recommend this book to others. Kelley Armstrong already has two popular adult series under her belt, and this is well on its way to being her third, and hopefully only the first for teens! I hope to see much more from her in the more
by TeensReadToo
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