The Waking Dark

The Waking Dark

THEY CALLED IT THE KILLING DAY. Twelve people dead, in the space of a few hours. Five murderers: neighbors, relatives, friends. All of them so normal. All of them seemingly harmless. All of them now dead by their own hand . . . except one. And that one has no answers to offer the shattered town. She doesn't even know why she killed—or whether she'll do it again.

Something is waking in the sleepy town of Oleander, Kansas—something dark and hungry that lives in the flat earth and the open sky, in the vengeful hearts of upstanding citizens. As the town begins its descent into blood and madness, five survivors of the killing day are the only ones who can stop Oleander from destroying itself. Jule, the outsider at war with the world. West, the golden boy at war with himself. Daniel, desperate for a different life. Cass, who's not sure she deserves a life at all. Ellie, who believes in sacrifice, who believes in fate, who believes in evil. Ellie, who always goes too far.

They have nothing in common. They have nothing left to lose. And they have no way out. Which means that they have no choice but to stand and fight, to face the darkness in their town—and in themselves. 

Title:The Waking Dark
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780375868771
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  • karen

    wow. so this lady is basically the george r.r. martin of YA.it's a rough ride for the YA-fans who have stuck to Susane Colasanti and Sarah Dessen up until now. i would recommend some sort of transitio...

  • Emily May

    I think it's time to admit a sad truth: me and Robin Wasserman are simply not meant for one another. It's tragic to have to acknowledge this when most of my GR friends seem to be in the middle of som...

  • Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies

    Actual rating: 3.5 Names have power; to name something is to domesticate it, or to try. Naming a tornado would be like naming a shadow. What happened in Oleander that day was simply the storm. A clou...

  • Giselle

    Whoa, this was psychotic! Definitely the most violent YA book I've yet to read! This is both a warning and a promise. ;)Another of Robin's book, The Book of Blood and Shadow was one of my favorites of...

  • Wendy Darling

    Well, this book is just crazy. (view spoiler)[CRAZY GOOD! :D (hide spoiler)]Review to come. But man, oh man--don't miss this one if you're a fan of Stephen King. One of the few cases where that compar...

  • Ashley

    There's a part of me that goes, what did I just read? But there's another part of me that really enjoyed this. First and foremost, this is a weird book, but it's weirdly enjoyable. I feel like this bo...

  • AH

    The Waking Dark Whoa! What a way to start a book! A bloody multiple murder in a convenience store in a small Kansas town (what is it about these small Midwestern towns?) starts a chain of events that ...

  • Bonnie

    My rating: 4 of 5 starsA copy of The Waking Dark was provided to me by Netgalley/Knopf Books for Young Readers for review purposes.The killing day.The day the devil came to Oleander.That day.Oleander,...

  • Louisa

    Not for the faint-hearted. Don't read this over any kind of meal. Holy crap, this has got to be, hands down, the most ballsy, graphically violent, gory and Stephen King-esque YA I've ever read. Two th...

  • Christina (A Reader of Fictions)

    I absolutely adored Robin Wasserman's The Book of Blood and Shadow, which blended horror, paranormal, historical and contemporary fiction into something dark and beautiful. As such, I had very high ex...