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The Waking Dark

Wasserman, Robin (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
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"After a series of suicide-killings and a deadly storm, the residents of the town of Oleander, Kansas, start acting even more strangely than would be expected. Only the five witnesses of the murders retain their sound minds, and must band together to save the town from whatever has come over it"--
Authors: Wasserman, Robin
Title: The waking dark
Publisher: New York :, Alfred A. Knopf,, [2013]
Edition: First edition.
Characteristics: 454 pages ;,22 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Summary: "After a series of suicide-killings and a deadly storm, the residents of the town of Oleander, Kansas, start acting even more strangely than would be expected. Only the five witnesses of the murders retain their sound minds, and must band together to save the town from whatever has come over it"--
ISBN: 0375968776
9780375968778
0375868771
9780375868771
Statement of Responsibility: Robin Wasserman
Subject Headings: Horror stories. Kansas Fiction. City and town life Kansas Fiction. Death Fiction. Murder Fiction. Kansas Juvenile fiction. City and town life Kansas Juvenile fiction. Death Juvenile fiction. Murder Juvenile fiction.
Genre/Form: Young adult fiction.
Horror fiction.
Topical Term: Horror stories.
City and town life
Death
Murder
City and town life
Death
Murder
LCCN: 2012032802
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Jul 17, 2014
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

It's hard to believe we need a place called hell
The devil inside
The devil inside
Every single one of us the devil inside
- INXS, "Devil Inside"

Not an original thought unique to INXS, that the world's evil comes from inside each of us. History certainly proves humanity can be monstrous and it's an idea at the heart of many religious, that people are essentially sinful, in need of redemption and salvation.

Yet, we are also capable of great compassion and generosity, and most of the time most of us want to get along so we keep those dark urges repressed. People cooperate--or at least tolerate--much more often than they act on their every dark impulse.

Not in The Waking Dark. Something is happening in the small town of Oleander, Kansas. Something is happening to the people of Oleander, something that is causing them to do horrible, dark things to each other. Is it an external darkness taking control of them? Or is it simply releasing the darkness within them all? Are monsters being created or revealed?

Of course, the answer doesn't really matter on a pragmatic level, where the only real questions are how to navigate and survive such a situation. A handful of teens are trying their best to do just that, hoping to not just save themselves, but their loved ones and their town in the process.

And it's those characters that make this book work so well. From diverse backgrounds, each is interesting and sympathetic in different ways. I cared about them, and so I cared about this story. It may be a suspenseful, chilling, engaging horror story in its form, but its substance is its humanity--darkness and all.

Mar 19, 2014
  • snicholson76 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A horror story set in a small town. This book is a spine-chilling page-turner! Highly recommended for adults and older teens.

I went into this book with no preconceptions or ideas about what a YA rating would mean. But after finding out it's Young Adult I think that the sticker needs to be removed from the binding. I found the novel to be very hard to follow and disjointed. It did have some rather uniquely descriptive passages but as a whole it lacks anything approaching continuity.
I don't know what the "age limit" is for a YA rating but I doubt any young adult that I know would gain anything form reading this book. It left me feeling quite empty and unable to figure out just what the author was trying to convey. (other than a lot disjointed confusion)

Nov 23, 2013
  • amodolo rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

I think Robin Wasserman had a very interesting premise to the story, but the way it was executed was too difficult to follow. There were too many POVs that made the story confusing and at times I found it difficult to discern the differences. There is a lot of violence in the book and I found some scenes difficult to read through. I also had problems with the religious undertones at times being a little too much.

Nov 05, 2013
  • JannaB rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I did not like this book. Interesting premise, but WAY too many POV's when writing, very choppy and sloppy which is a shame because the author has some very beautiful imagery in some of the sentences. But this was way too depraved and violent, very harsh against women. There is very little redeeming about this book.

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Mar 03, 2014
  • JCLChristiH rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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