Waiting on Wednesday (143) - The Waking Dark by Robin Wasserman

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine spotlighting upcoming releases we're eagerly anticipating.

 Release Date: September 10, 2013
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

Summary (from Random House Canada): 
They called it the killing day. Twelve people dead, all in the space of a few hours. Five murderers: neighbors, relatives, friends. All of them so normal. All of them seemingly harmless. All of them now dead by their own hand . . . except one. And that one has no answers to offer the shattered town. She doesn't even know why she killed—or whether she'll do it again.

Something is waking in the sleepy town of Oleander's, Kansas—something dark and hungry that lives in the flat earth and the open sky, in the vengeful hearts of upstanding citizens. As the town begins its descent into blood and madness, five survivors of the killing day are the only ones who can stop Oleander from destroying itself. Jule, the outsider at war with the world; West, the golden boy at war with himself; Daniel, desperate for a different life; Cass, who's not sure she deserves a life at all; and Ellie, who believes in sacrifice, fate, and in evil. Ellie, who always goes too far. They have nothing in common. They have nothing left to lose. And they have no way out. Which means they have no choice but to stand and fight, to face the darkness in their town—and in themselves.

After absolutely enjoying Robin Wasserman's wonderfully complex and richly detailed novel The Book of Blood and Shadow last year, I instantly added The Waking Dark to my TBR list when I first heard about her latest book. If the cover wasn't enough of an indication, The Waking Dark sounds hauntingly dark and one of those books you'll be afraid to read in the middle of the night. I'm really curious to learn what evil is waking up in this sleepy town of Oleander and just how many characters will be making it out alive by the end... 

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