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Posted September 10, 2013
There is a proper way to prepare for reading The Waking Dark
There is a proper way to prepare for reading The Waking Dark. You should wait until it’s half-past eleven and the sky is as dark as you’ve ever seen it. The rain should be pummeling against your windows, threatening to shatter the glass. The faint sound of thunder should be whispering in the distance. All but one light, just enough for you to read, should be turned off. Your furniture should be casting odd shadows onto the walls, ones that look like they may be moving. A cup of tea should be by your side. And finally, you should be curled into a ball on the comfiest chair in your house. You should be relaxed, expecting an enjoyable, calming story. In no way should you be afraid. Not yet.
It’s hard for me to describe my emotions while reading The Waking Dark without revealing anything crucial to the plot. And trust me, everything in this book is crucial to the plot. It is so well thought out and put together; it left me breathless. The cyclical pattern of human nature is so enthralling that you don’t even mind the violence.
I can’t say the characters were good people. I can’t say that I’d want to be their friend or that I have a literary crush on any of them. But, damn, they may have been some of the best characters that I have ever gotten to read. It’s hard to separate the heroes from the villains, but that is an intentional aspect. It’s the same in life. Telling the good people from the bad people has never been as easy as comic books would like to pretend.
The best part of this book though is the writing. All of the details that Wasserman goes into mesh brilliantly together, forming scenes of horror that could rival any movie you’d watch on Halloween. But just as great as all the details were the ones left unsaid. Those, truthfully, were the most painful, since it was always clear what had happened in the missing words. Wasserman has a talent for writing suspense that will be hard for anyone else to rival.
Now, this book is on shelves TODAY. If you’re not reading it, you’re missing out.
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Posted February 9, 2014
The story is somewhat slow to develope and hops from one charater to the next. However, it is an interesting plot and may give the reader a few things to think about.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 7, 2013
When I found out I would get to read The Waking Dark by author R
When I found out I would get to read The Waking Dark by author Robin Wasserman I was excited. And I mean really excited. I only read the description of the novel and that was all it took for me to be ready to kill somebody if it meant getting to experience this book. S I admit, I did not expect The Waking Dark to be remotely how it was. I expected a novel that would be a bit crazy. I didn’t expect an actual asylum, you know? Regardless of what I expected and wanted, The Waking Dark was still fantastic, terrifying and unforgettable.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
(I am just going to say now that The Waking Dark is definitely not a novel for people who have a hard time dealing with violence, anarchy and a lot of graphic murders).
After a night that leaves twelve people dead—all the killers except one left dead from their own hand—the small town Oleander, Kansas is changed forever. In the aftermath of ‘the Killing Day’ a tornado strikes Oleander and takes things from bad to worse. Suddenly there are armed soldiers surrounding the town, quarantining it and keeping Oleander completely blocked off from the rest of the nsane. Completely mental. I’ll never be able to emphasize just how insane this novel gets. It starts with the killing day and everybody pretty much being murdered. I honestly didn’t expect the killings to be described as graphically as they did, but it didn’t take too long to figure out that in this novel everything was darker and more graphic than I originally assumed. It was disturbing, psychotic and at the end of the day it really enhanced the experience by a lot. Readers with a weak stomach (I’m talking, in the first chapter a baby is smothered and killed) may not enjoy The Waking Dark to the fullest… it does have some extremely dark content.
The Waking Dark has an amazing writing style. Wasserman drags readers into the story and doesn’t let go of their attention. Just when things can’t seem like they can get any more intense bam it gets more intense. What I didn’t expect from The Waking Dark was the series of plot twists and unexpected tones the novel would take. I think that readers who are looking for a read that will keep them on their toes are definitely going to have to check out the Waking Dark because it will keep you on the edge of your seat.
The characters introduced in The Waking Dark are all very unique and unforgettable. None of them are identical and out of them all there must be one out of the main characters introduced that readers will be able to relate to and call their favorite character. I know that out of them all my favorite character would have to be Jule. She’s badass, takes initiative and has to go through some terrible situations in the novel that in the end make her come out of the novel way differently than she did when she came in.
I would recommend The Waking Dark to readers who are looking for a terrifying read, fans of thrillers and horror will definitely need to check out this novel. Anybody who wants to just be thrown into a totally new type of fright-inducing read need to read The Waking Dark.
Posted October 25, 2013
4.5 Stars 'The Waking Dark' is an fantastically intense young a
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'The Waking Dark' is an fantastically intense young adult mystery/thriller novel that tells the story of the small town of Oleander, Kansas. Everything is predictable, boring - normal - in Oleander. That is, until what they refer to as The Killing Day. The day when 12 people were murdered in a matter of hours. Not long after The Killing Day, a strong storm hits the town and leaves it broken and upside down. Soon the roads leading out of town are blocked off by soldiers with guns, barbed wire fences and they have no access to the outside world at all. Stranger yet are the people of Oleander. The once quiet and peaceful citizens are turning on one another and committing crimes nobody thought possible in their small town. Just what is happening to Oleander and the people inside it? Why won't the soldiers answer their questions or let them leave? A group of teens - Daniel, West, Jule, Cass, and Ellie - band together to try to find out the truth of what's happening and to find a way out. Although they have known each other since they were little, it is soon evident that everyone has secrets. Will they be able to stop whatever is happening in Oleander before it's too late? Will they find a way out to get help? Or will they suffer the same fate as everyone else and lose themselves to the darkness enveloping the town?
I am a huge fan of mysteries and thriller/suspense novels, so I was immediately intrigued when I read the description of this book. It gave a great idea of what it would be about without revealing too much. I have to admit that I was definitely not disappointed and the book far exceeded any expectations I may have had. The plot was really unique and captivating - there's so many strange things happening to different characters at the same time. It definitely kept me on my toes, but didn't confuse or overwhelm me. The writing was fantastic with an effortless flow and a really quick pace that had me eagerly reading as fast as I could to try to find out what was happening to the people an the town and how it would all end. I tried to come up with theories and ideas about what could be going on, but then the author would slip in a huge twist or turn and I would be back at the beginning. The characters were all very well written, especially the group of teens that band together. We get to see each of their personalities, their strengths and weaknesses, and their secrets - which only made them more realistic in my eyes. There are several genres blended together in the book - action, horror, adventure, suspense, mystery, romance. It will definitely appeal to fans of all types of fiction. This book had me instantly hooked from the first paragraph and refused to let go until well after I had finished reading. Very highly recommended for fans of YA mysteries and thriller/suspense novels. You don't want to miss out on this one!
Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Posted November 4, 2013
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