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When I found out I would get to read The Waking Dark by author Robin Wasserman I was excited. And I mean really excited. I only read the description of the novel and that was all it took for me to be ready to kill somebody if it meant getting to experience this book. S I admit, I didnot expect The Waking Dark to be remotely how it was. I expected a novel that would be a bit crazy. I didn’t expect an actual asylum, you know? Regardless of what I expected and wanted, The Waking Dark was still fantastic, terrifying and unforgettable.
(I am just going to say now that The Waking Dark is definitely not a novel for people who have a hard time dealing with violence, anarchy and a lot of graphic murders).
After a night that leaves twelve people dead—all the killers except one left dead from their own hand—the small town Oleander, Kansas is changed forever. In the aftermath of ‘the Killing Day’ a tornado strikes Oleander and takes things from bad to worse. Suddenly there are armed soldiers surrounding the town, quarantining it and keeping Oleander completely blocked off from the rest of the nsane. Completely mental. I’ll never be able to emphasize just how insane this novel gets. It starts with the killing day and everybody pretty much being murdered. I honestly didn’t expect the killings to be described as graphically as they did, but it didn’t take too long to figure out that in this novel everything was darker and more graphic than I originally assumed. It was disturbing, psychotic and at the end of the day it really enhanced the experience by a lot. Readers with a weak stomach (I’m talking, in the first chapter a baby is smothered and killed) may not enjoy The Waking Dark to the fullest… it does have some extremely dark content.
The Waking Dark has an amazing writing style. Wasserman drags readers into the story and doesn’t let go of their attention. Just when things can’t seem like they can get any more intense bam it gets more intense. What I didn’t expect from The Waking Dark was the series of plot twists and unexpected tones the novel would take. I think that readers who are looking for a read that will keep them on their toes are definitely going to have to check out the Waking Darkbecause it will keep you on the edge of your seat.
The characters introduced in The Waking Dark are all very unique and unforgettable. None of them are identical and out of them all there must be one out of the main characters introduced that readers will be able to relate to and call their favorite character. I know that out of them all my favorite character would have to be Jule. She’s badass, takes initiative and has to go through some terrible situations in the novel that in the end make her come out of the novel way differently than she did when she came in.
I would recommend The Waking Dark to readers who are looking for a terrifying read, fans of thrillers and horror will definitely need to check out this novel. Anybody who wants to just be thrown into a totally new type of fright-inducing read need to read The Waking Dark.