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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (April 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061797022
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061797026
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.7 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (224 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #220,551 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Comfortably mixing science, myth, and mystery, Armstrong creates a vivid world highlighted by appealing characters. Fans and newcomers alike will be eager for more after Armstrong’s story drives to its pulse-pounding climax. ” (Publishers Weekly)

“Armstrong begins her new series with a swift-paced start, creating memorable characters and interesting premises.” (Booklist)

About the Author

When librarians finally granted Kelley Armstrong an adult card, she made straight for the epic fantasy and horror shelves. She spent the rest of her childhood and teen years happily roaming fantastical and terrible worlds, and vowed that someday she'd write a story combining swords, sorcery, and the ravenous undead. That story begins with Sea of Shadows.

Armstrong's first works for teens were the New York Times bestselling Darkest Powers and Darkness Rising trilogies. All of her novels for teens have been New York Times bestsellers. She lives in rural Ontario with her husband, three children, and far too many pets.


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I'm married with three kids and live in rural Ontario, Canada. After graduating with a degree in psychology, I switched gears and studied computer programming. Currently, I'm a full-time writer and parent. Could I make this section any more dull? Probably not.

Customer Reviews

I love Maya's character.
Liquidmirror
I just hate that, I really do, I know its a series but geez, just don't stop the book abruptly like that..errr.
Stormi Johnson
It is very easy reading, with interesting plot, great character and interesting backdrop for the story.
ck_me

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52 of 57 people found the following review helpful By C. Vandehey on April 13, 2011
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I was a little put off when I saw some of the reviews for this newest YA entry by Kelley Armstrong. I've been a fan of the Otherworld series, and I thoroughly enjoyed her first YA trilogy, so I was very excited to see this new book come out. That said, I will admit there have been books in the Otherworld series that didn't quite grab me; I'm not one of those fans who loves everything a favorite author produces. With all that in mind, I bought The Gathering for my Kindle, and set to read with a little trepidation. But I was pleasantly surprised!

If you've read Ms. Armstrong's other books, particularly her YA series, you already know the basic premise: teenage girl, Maya, thinks she's just a normal teenager living in a really small town created by the local research center for its employees and their families, but it turns out she's not 'normal' at all. Sure, she can heal animals a little to well, and local cougars seem to have taken an odd liking to her, but Maya hasn't yet figured out that those things mean anything special. After her best friend, who happens to be captain of the school swim team, mysteriously drowns, there are hints that perhaps Serena's death wasn't the accident it seemed. Serena's ex-boyfriend Daniel is Maya's new best friend, but there doesn't seem to be anything romantic developing there - yet. Enter new kid in town, bad boy Rafe, and Maya's (of course) inexplicable attraction to him. Turns out Rafe knows a lot about Maya that he's not telling, at least at first.

This is pretty standard for most YA novels these days. And for those who have read the previous trilogy, we already know the research facility isn't what it seems, and that people who have "Dr." in front of their name are not to be trusted.
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Avery Greaves on April 18, 2011
Format: Hardcover
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I must preface by saying that I love Kelley Armstrong, she is one of my most favourite authors of all time. There isn't anything of hers that I have read before that I haven't enjoyed, from her "Darkest Powers" trilogy to her "Women of the Otherworld" series. But while I did enjoy this book I don't know if I enjoyed it quite as much as her others books, especially her "Darkest Powers" trilogy.

I think that Derek and Simon (from the "Darkest Powers" trilogy) made more of an impact on me than this book's Daniel and Rafe did, however Maya totally made a bigger impact upon me than Chloe did (I found Chloe to be really dependent upon the boys in the first two books of the trilogy and somewhat of a quiet character). But Maya? Yeah, the girl had balls. She wasn't afraid to tell it like it was and she had so many great one liners throughout the book, there were so many times I found myself bursting out laughing at what came out of her mouth, for instance this little conversation:

Maya: "Have you met the tattoo artist? Is he hot?"
Mom: "He's a she."
Maya: "Is she hot? Cause I'm still young, you know. My sexual identity isn't fully formed." (pg. 37)

I think that what really frustrated me about this book was that because it is the first book in the trilogy I assumed that we would learn lots about Project Phoenix, like we did about Project Genesis in the first book of the "Darkest Powers" trilogy, "The Summoning", but we really don't. Whatsoever.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By CRISTY on May 16, 2011
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I have to say that I'm shocked that this book hasn't had more consistent (positive) reviews. Instantly captivated by protagonist Maya and her tomboy tough narrative voice, I devoured THE GATHERING (Darkness Rising #1).

Not having read any of Kelley Armstrong's previous series, I picked up this newer release purely on the merit of the inside covers synopsis. I am very pleased to report success in finding a well written, original and beautifully fleshed out start, to what is sure to become a favorite series. In fact, at least in my opinion, the cover summery doesn't come close to doing the actual plot justice.

The characters are all very well depicted, showing many layers and growth throughout the story. Armstrong shows a keen talent for world and character building, slowly hinting and foreshadowing at revelations to come. As a reader I really appreciated the little "signs" given along the way, enabling you to discover with the characters what exactly is happening; without hitting you in the face with it.

Now there are a lot of interesting characters to be explored in THE GATHERING and Armstrong barely scrapes the surface in this first book. By the end there is still quite a bit we don't know, but this is only the first installment in a trilogy and I'm sure many questions will be answered as the series progresses. And being that this is a series, brace yourself for a pretty abrupt and painful cliffhanger that is sure to have you determined to check out the next book THE CALLING (Darkness Rising #2).

Lastly, I have to say I was impressed enough with THE GATHERING, that
I'm inclined to check out Armstrong's Darkest Powers trilogy while I wait for the next books release.
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