The Waking Dark

The Waking Dark

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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 5 witnesses of the murders retain their sound minds, and must band together to save the town from whatever has come over it"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780375899621
0375899626
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (454 pages)

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rberardinelli Nov 07, 2016

I couldn't get into this book. Actually, it grabbed me in the beginning, and then it just began tiring me out. So many characters and scene-switching and lots of violence. I don't mind dark or disturbing reads but nothing was revealed for a long time and I found it got tiring.

SPL_Childrens Oct 22, 2014

In the quiet, sleepy, isolated town of Oleander, Kansas, a mysterious and evil darkness is emerging. No one knows exactly what it is, what it is called or from where it is coming.

Then twelve people are suddenly and violently murdered in the space of a few hours. In each case, the murderer is one of the most unlikely people in Oleander: a relative, a friend or a neighbour. Why? No one has the answer, and the day becomes known as “the Killing Day”.

A year later, a deadly tornado strikes Oleander and the town is shattered once again. The army places the town under a strict military quarantine.

Completely cut off from the rest of the world and without power (there is no Internet access, cellphone or television reception), the town’s inhabitants are trapped and they begin to turn on one another.

It begins to seem very possible that the Killing Day was only the beginning of the horror that threatens to destroy Oleander completely.

Reminiscent of a Stephen King story, Robyn Wasserman’s haunting novel of madness and blood is a great choice for Halloween reading (however it is much more appropriate for adults and older teens than for younger teens).

ChristchurchLib Oct 06, 2014

"On "the day of killing," five people in tiny Oleander, Kansas, went on a sudden murder spree, and no one -- not even Cass, who killed the child she was babysitting -- can explain why. The sinister truth behind this shocking event doesn't start to emerge until a year later, when a tornado rips through town, plunging the adults into depraved insanity and forcing a group of teens (including Cass) to fight for escape. Similar in style to Stephen King's books, The Waking Dark will appeal to unflinching older teens who don't mind intense, graphic violence. For another horror story that really goes there -- and then keeps going -- check out Daniel Kraus' Scowler." Teen Scene October 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/72d88d46-49e9-4a07-ad0b-f8f2b75baf8a?postId=8719229c-6f71-45f8-b49d-2264d7fb6d8b

JCLChrisK Jul 17, 2014

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.

JCLChrisK Jul 17, 2014

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.

snicholson76 Mar 19, 2014

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

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dahne1004
Mar 18, 2014

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)

amodolo Nov 23, 2013

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.

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JannaB
Nov 05, 2013

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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