the Calling – A Spoiler Free Review

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Book: the Calling

Author: Kelley Armstrong

Age Group: Teen

Genre: Action, Adventure, Supernatural

Rating: 4/5

If I had to choose one and only one word to describe this novel, it would be survival. This being the second book in the Darkness Rising trilogy, that makes one question what I would categorize the first book to be. Background. The first book gave us the basis we needed to run up the climbing action that Armstrong provides us with this second book. We struggle with the characters, ask the questions they’re wondering, and spectate about the information that as readers, we know, but that the characters do not. Armstrong strings together a thrilling tale of teenagers struggling to survive in the wilderness of Vancouver Island fearing not only the wilderness they are in, but also the people who are chasing after them.

Armstrong’s take on the supernatural intrigued me with her first series, the Darkest Powers which followed a Necromancer as the main character, an unusual supernatural to say the least. Her honesty and development with the characters led me to pick up her second series, Darkness Rising, and she has yet to disappoint me with that decision. My biggest thing about her first series is that all three books read as a single book would. The first book provides the background and presentation of the problem; the second climbing action; the third climax, falling action, and conclusion. All this in my mind makes a well rounded novel, but for some reason Armstrong chooses to spread them out. Her second series is the same so far. Although, as a reader I imagine this is more of a personal choice between her and her editor.

Both of her series follow a female lead as coming-of-age novels and both have multiple potential romantic interests involved. Both also deal heavily with ethical and moral issues of how society treats mental illness, genetic research experiments, and what happens when people involved in an experiment are not told. As a student studying the sciences myself, this intrigued me as it’s subtle, but present in both her series.

If you’re looking for a thrilling novel following a strong female lead that dips into the unusual sides of the supernatural I highly recommend checking this series out. I’ll be picking up the third and final book once the price falls a bit, but I’ll keep reading and reviewing as always. Once again, I have one opinion, but there are many others out there so be sure to check them out.

Thank you for taking the time to check out this review,

~ Yoku

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