The Waking Dark

The Waking Dark

eBook - 2013
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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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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.

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