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The Awakening

(Darkest Powers #2)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  113,480 ratings  ·  3,420 reviews
If you had met me a few weeks ago, you probably would have described me as an average teenage girl - someone normal. Now my life has changed forever and I’m as far away from normal as it gets. A living science experiment - not only can I see ghosts, but I was genetically altered by a sinister organization called Edison Group. What does that mean? For starters. I'm a teenag ...more
Hardcover, First Edition, 360 pages
Published April 28th 2009 by HarperCollins
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The Awakening is a somewhat traditional second book in a trilogy in that some of it seems to be filler while we wait to find out what happens in the climax.
It's good filler, though.
The idea that there are secret supernatural groups out there is very cool, but then add in the genetic experimentation on their own kind gone wrong, and it goes up to a whole new level.


The book opens with Chloe in some sort of a hospital that is obviously someplace you don't want to be unless your idea of a good time

The second book in the Darkest Powers series is just as engaging as the first, more creepy action and a more Derek. I am in love with this boy, I wanna go in the book and drop kick Chloe, so she can see what she is missing. I will say they have a lot of scenes alone together and they make me very happy.

For all y’all who don’t know Chloe is a new discovered necromancer ( able to awaken the dead), first she thought she was schizo but it was discovered that the home she was sent to after experienci
Ahmad Sharabiani
The Awakening (Darkest Powers, #2), Kelley Armstrong

The Darkest Powers is a series of paranormal novels by Kelley Armstrong. The series revolves around The Edison Group, a team of supernatural scientists, and the subjects they have experimented on.

The Awakening takes place directly after the events in The Summoning. Chloe has been recaptured by The Edison Group, a team of supernatural scientists responsible for manipulating her DNA, therefore enhancing her necromantic abilities. While there, she
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I don't know how I feel about this one. I mean the kids are out there trying to get way from the evil people that are trying to hurt them. And we find out some reasons as to why they are the kind of supernaturals that they are but I was just sort of meh.

I will say that I loved to get more time with Chloe and Derek. I really love Derek's character! And we learn more about the families of the kids. There is also more action with the supernatural abilities of some of the adults and kids but I stil
Aug 14, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya, urban-fantasy, 2009
As seen on The Readventurer

The second book in "Darkest Powers" trilogy starts where the first one left off - Chloe is at the research institute and contemplating escape. What follows is pretty much Chloe's and her friends' journey to get to the person who might be able to help them find Derek's and Simon's father (which is I suppose is what this trilogy is about, but I am not sure at this point).

The first book in the trilogy was undoubtedly drawn out and artificially extended, but this second bo
Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘
⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱*At least it's better than the first*⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱
BEWARE FOR SPOILERS FOR THE SERIES! This whole review can - probably - contain spoilers for the entire series. This review is mostly for me to remember the details.

Re-read: 04.05.2018 . I decided to continue with the re-read with this series. I'm not overly fond with it, never have been, but the story (plot) has some real potential. I just wished the characters where older. 15 and 16 is so young, and blushing because someone holds your hand
Still loving my decision to reread this series. Yes, it's a little juvenile in it's scope but it holds such nostalgia value to me that I can't help but still love it.

As far as middle books go, this one is solid. The stakes get higher and more background is revealed about our main characters and even the Edison Group itself. And of course there's no solid ending, just more mystery that ensures you will read the final book.

I really feel like the characters are finally coming into their own as well
Jul 10, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009
The Awakening is even more enticing and action packed than its prequel. While the setting shifts, it is no less menacing as Chloe and the gang face a grim and tretcherous life on the streets. Tension is heightened by the added appeal of a perfectly sinister and powerful enemy and the suspense of unknown supernatural powers. Armstrong's teen characters are smart and resourceful, and each obstacle thrown their way requires them to use every bit of caution, wits, and intelligence they possess. Arms ...more
Alas, this is where Chloe Saunders and I must part ways. As with the first book, I just couldn't stop myself from wanting to call it quits after about half of the book. There's just something about the storyline and this little necromancer that doesn't seem to captivate me despite how much I love a great paranorm.

Now, I'm actually apologizing upfront for my rant that is about to unfold, but it's only because my fellow group of trusted readers loved this book and I couldn't… I just couldn't… I t
Jan 30, 2022 rated it really liked it
Ive got a lot of Real Life stuff going on at the moment and this is just perfect for an Easy Brain Break™️
Feb 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, arc
Chloe Saunders is back in the second book of the Darkest Powers series. If you haven't read The Summoning yet read it before reading this review. SPOILERS.

At the end of the first book Chloe and Rae go to Chloe's Aunt Lauren for help, not knowing that she is working for the very group that they are trying to escape from. As a result, Chloe and Rae end up locked in a high security warehouse that houses the Edison Groups many experiments. Luckily, Derek and Simon are still on the run and on the loo
Jan 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
I remember finishing the The Summoning, the prequel to The Awakening, last summer and thinking, " I doubt Kelley will be able to top this." Though, apparently she can, as she has proven it with The Awakening.

In The Awakening more action and intense drama occurs. As well as major character development. Since, Tori, Chloe, Derek, and Simon's powers began to involve steadily in the book. Also, there was more information told and found out about the Edison Group and werewolves which was fascinating
Taylor of Alethkar ❦
Dec 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
Probably not quite 4 stars but ...this is just one of those series where I want to read all three novels before I really give a solid opinion, but so far I like where it seems to be headed. The pacing could be better (meaning I wouldn't complain if things moved along somewhat) and the relationships could be clearer but overall it's a pleasant experience and I'm eager to read the final book. ...more
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Sep 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-2014, audio
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads.

Book 1 focused more on world-building while as this one was all about the action; the kids are still on the run from the Edison Group, Souza had his first encounter with werewolves and it did NOT go well, and living on the streets comes with its own set of challenges as well. I’ve enjoyed watching Chloe and Derek’s relationship progress throughout this trilogy, they get lots of alone time in this installment, and their dialogue is definitely one of the highlights of this
I'm just confused as to why these books are so long! If I thought this would be an improvement on the first, it's not. This time there's no plot or climax whatsoever. It's about four supernatural teenagers on the run from an experimental group that was holding them hostage in the first book. Most of the second book is filler - the kids bickering, traveling to the next city by bus, losing each other and finding each other again, and subtle flirtation between Chloe (the most boring person that eve ...more
This is so good ... and now I am waiting again!

The second part in the "Darkest Powers Trilogy" is basically a road movie. A diverse bunch of naturally supernatural - and genetically altered - kids are running for their lives, because the adults whose guinea-pigs they are, decided to end the experiment and terminate the subjects.

The book starts in the middle of the attempted flight and ends with the - temporary - end of it. But, wow what a roller coaster! Although there is danger after danger, g
That was kind of underwhelming..

The Awakening definitely left me wanting more. I just feel like it was missing so much which is a shock to me because these book are huge.

Chloe was so annoying in this book. I wanted to stab my eyes so I didn't have to see her trying to flirt with everyone and anyone that walked. I honestly gave zero fucks about her until she found out she was apart of a experimental group thing. Honestly, I only cared a little bit - I mostly just wanted the book to be over.. or s
Mar 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Delivered in her trademark style, Kelley creates a world within our own where supernatural teens are nothing but science projects to be shown and used then tossed away--sometimes even killed.

Chloe's character becomes even clearer in this novel then the one preceding it, and boy is being in her head interesting. She is struggling to understand how strong she is, and is no where near the point where she can control her powers. Despite her interest in her powers, Chloe would much rather be normal a
Trigger warning: kidnapping and murder (Chloe sees a death echo of a teenage girl)

Is this trilogy now slightly dated as far as YA is concerned? Yes. Does this book end on a monumentally annoying cliffhanger? Yuh huh. Do I still really enjoy the characters and the world and getting to see Chloe struggle through using her powers? Definitely.

I like the changing dynamic between Chloe and Derek (although I do wish he'd stop grabbing her arm EVERY SECOND DAMN PAGE), I like how they help each
Jun 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Again, an okay read, and I certainly sped through the pages, but I wanted so much more from these characters - they lacked complexity. It all seems a little too nice and easy, considering the life and death consequences. A bit more Nurse Ratched-like behaviour from the staff holding them captive would have improved this enormously.

I didn’t enjoy the similarities to the first book in terms of the plot. I felt like there were key plot elements being recycled.

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[1.5/5 stars] I sang some praises for the first book in this series, but unfortunately this one suffered from middle book syndrome to the max. They were pretty much just running around the entire book and the main character made some really stupid decisions. I ended up finishing out the series because the first one was so good but can't say it was worth it based on what I'm wanting from books these days. ...more
The second wonderful, paranormal, romantic book in the series!

Chloe's on the run and fighting to stay free and alive... along with Derek, Tori and Simon. And they aren't the best group when I comes to working together. Romance is drifting in the wind with the Edison group, and both things are doing their best to ruin the three people trying to stay alive. Loved it!
Apr 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Another lovely read from Kelley Armstrong... the 2nd book continues the 'adventure' of the young people with super natural powers... The characters are lovely and I am liking Derek more and more... so far there are not many answers but hopefully this will change in the final book. ...more
Derek and Chloe’s relationship...

I found many kinds of romance in books, but the one kind of romance which I really like and want to often find in books is ‘ believable romance ’

Romance which I can touch and feel that it is real.

‘ I need you’. I didn’t say that, of course. How could I, without it sounding weird? But I felt it, heart hammering against my ribs, and it wasn’t some romantic I can’t bear to be without you nonsense. It was something deeper, mor
Maggie ☘
Fast-paced and quite entertaining sequel to The Darkest Powers trilogy about Chloe and her friends - Derek, Simon and Tori on the run from the Edison Group.
The beginning was little bit slow, but then it kicked off and started to be even more enjoyable than the first book. It was also interesting to watch the friendship development between Chloe and Derek.
I'm glad that I have the last book already purchased, because I can't wait to know how it all ends.
Margaret Stohl
Jul 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing

Better, even, than the Summoning. Kelley Armstrong has successfully escaped the curse of the sequel. Characters, powers, relationships all deepened. I can't wait for the story to go on...!
These books give me so many feelings.
Derek and Chloe give me so many feelings.
Jul 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourite-series
First read: August 9, 2016
Reread: February 17, 2021
First half of the book I wanted to kill Derek. Luckily, he literally Changed and realized his mistakes.
Mar 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 stars

After reading The Awakening, I'm reminded of how much I loved this series when I read it a few years ago!

This is such a nostalgic trip for me. You never forget the books that made you love reading. This may not have been my first series I had started, but it's one of the most enjoyable ones! :)

I won't go much into detail about the plot, but I will share my thoughts and opinions on it. Spoiler free.

Thoughts: I really liked this one! I know the second book in a trilogy may be a hit or miss
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Kelley Armstrong has been telling stories since before she could write. Her earliest written efforts were disastrous. If asked for a story about girls and dolls, hers would invariably feature undead girls and evil dolls, much to her teachers' dismay. All efforts to make her produce "normal" stories failed.

Today, she continues to spin tales of ghosts and demons and werewolves, while safely locked a

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