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Summary:

Oleander is a small, quaint town in Kansas. Residents lived normal lives until one eventful day. On that day, a series of gruesome murders killed 12 innocents. They call it the killing day. Those events awakened something in Oleander, and it’s not something good. A storm hits, blocking off the town from the outside world. And soon enough, the town spirals into endless slaughter and dark madness. The only ones who can do anything to stop it are the five survivors of the Killing Day.

Cass, Daniel, West, Ellie, and Jule have seen the darkness inside everyone they know - including themselves. They must come together to dispel the town’s dark plight of madness.

BTSYA / Teen Reader (17):
The Waking Dark is instantly captivating and hauntingly captivating. The story immediately delves into the murders, and the author does not spare any details. She sets up the grounds for a frighteningly enthralling tone and atmosphere that continues throughout the book.

With alternating narratives for each chapter, Wasserman does an amazing job creating in-depth characters. Her descriptive writing style is somewhat reminiscent of Stephen King’s. That being said, her descriptive style also made it very difficult for me to finish reading this book. The story dragged on for far too long in my opinion, diving into every single aspect of the story. The description and details bogged down much of writing, making for a rather poor reading experience.

The Waking Dark would make a great gift for fans of horror who are 16 years or older.


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Readers who like edge-of-your-seat suspense and mystery will find it hard to break away from this science fiction/horror thriller. Note: Despite the middle-grade reading level, this is a book for teens/young adults. The violence is graphic and the references are for mature audiences.

Content Awareness Factors:

  Readers may also find trouble with the strong language, drugs/alcohol, very graphic violence, portrayal of religion, and references to pornography.


Type of Book:
This is a science fiction horror book that can be a crossover for young adults and adult readers.
Educational Themes:

This is a story to be read for entertainment.

Reading Level:
5.8
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
16 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
15 and Up
Age of child:
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™ . Reviewer age: 17
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow if you're a fan of Stephen King or horror.

Title The Waking Dark
Author Robin Wasserman
Publisher Knopf Books for Young Readers, Imprint Knopf Doubleday © 2013
ISBN 9780375868771
Material Hard Cover
Cost $17.99
Genres Adventure, Mystery, Horror, Science Fiction
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