Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The Reckoning


This is the third and final volume of Kelley Armstrong's Darkest Powers YA trilogy, which concludes the story of Chloe Saunders, high school student and aspiring film-maker, who suddenly finds herself thrown into a world where ghosts appear to her.  She is told she has mental problems and put in a group home, only to discover that she, along with the other teen residents, are the result of a sketchy medical experiment.  This one opens as the kids are on the run, trying to discover a way to find safety and shut down the experiments if they can.  I wish I had waited to read all three books in this trilogy at the same time, because each one reads like a section of the story, rather than a single plot within an overarching plot line.  So it felt a bit stretched out to me.  It isn't strong on character development, but Chloe is a likable girl who is strong and resourceful, and the series is a popular one with teens at my library.  Fans of the Vampire Academy books and the Blue Bloods series seem to enjoy this one, and I think it would appeal to fans of the Maximum Ride series, too.

Books in the Darkest Powers trilogy:
1. The Summoning
2. The Awakening 
3. The Reckoning  

The Reckoning (#3 in the Darkest Powers Trilogy by Kelley Armstrong (Harper, 2010)

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