- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Harper Voyager (June 26, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062687883
- ISBN-13: 978-0062687883
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
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“Awakened is a good old-fashioned monster story with devious new twists. Creepy and disturbing in all the right ways!” (Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of Glimpse and V-Wars)
“Awakened is a taughtly written, brilliantly unexpected thriller from authorial duo James S. Murray and Darren Wearmouth [...] Awakened hits the high notes of Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child’s Relic and Scott Snyder’s The Wake [...] but its scope actually extends much further.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“Murray and coauthor Wearmouth [...] sculpt a briskly moving narrative that includes a plethora of short-burst action sequences and pacing fit for a Brad Meltzer novel. Along the way, they plant the seeds for sequels and craft a tight, pulse-pounding story that practically cries out for a film adaptation.” (Booklist)
“A great book with both science fiction and horror elements, along with some mystery. I highly recommend this.” (SciFiMoviePage)
“This book is no joke. Get ready to not sleep tonight. Awakened does exactly what it advertises. Scary amazing fun.” (Brad Meltzer, bestselling author of The Escape Artist)
From the Back Cover
After years of planning and construction, New York unveils its newest subway line, an express train that connects the city with the burgeoning communities across the Hudson River. The shining jewel of this state-of-the-art expansion is the breathtaking Visitors’ Pavilion beneath the river. Major dignitaries, including New York City’s mayor and the president of the United States, are in attendance for the inaugural run as the first train slowly pulls up to the Pavilion’s platform.
Under the station’s bright ceiling lights, the shiny silver cars gleam. But as the train comes closer, a far different vision of the future rolls into the station.
All the train’s cars are empty.
All the cars’ interiors are drenched in blood.
As chaos descends, everyone in the Pavilion scrambles to get out. But the horror is only beginning. High levels of deadly methane fill the tunnels. The structure begins to flood. For those who don’t drown, choke, or spark an explosion, another terrifying danger awaits—the thing that killed all those people on the train. It’s out there . . . and it’s coming.
There’s something living beneath New York City, and it’s not happy we’ve woken it up.
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James and Darren made this story come alive, with little flares of humor, and showing the James is not just a comedian, but someone who can hook an auidience in for a thrill!
When I was about 9 years old, our family set out on one of those typically American road trip summer vacations. The plan was to drive from El Paso, TX, to the Grand Canyon in AZ – no small ambition on the part of my parents given multiple days trapped in a car with 3 children between the ages of 9 and 5. The only thing that made it manageable were the stops along the way – Gila National Forest, White Sand National Park and – most amazing to me – Carlsbad Caverns. As stunning as the Grand Canyon was – and it’s something everyone should see – I think Carlsbad Caverns actually left me with the most lasting impression.
In particular, there’s a feature within the cave complex called The Bottomless Pit which – at the time – kind of freaked me out. Of course, there’s nothing bottomless about it – I think it only goes down about 150 feet – but that’s not information you can find anywhere on the touristy guide plaques and it left my young, overly imaginative self wondering just how deep into the Earth it went and what one might find at the bottom of The Bottomless Pit. It’s silly – I know – but I’ve always hauled that sensitivity to deep, dark places around with me and – depending on your perspective – that makes them either the best or the worst setting for a horror story.
As I said in my review of “Ararat”, Horror really is not my genre and it rarely winds up on my nightstand. In this case, I saw a review for the book from FanFiAddict and I was intrigued enough to put it onto my June Releases list. Where Ararat turned out to be a disappointment – little to no creep factor – you can probably guess, given my feelings about subterranean settings, that this one truly worked for me.
Take about 100 people – mostly terrified, ordinary folk – and trap them in a subway station sitting deep under the Hudson River with thousands of flesh eating monsters who are every bit as formidable as the monster in “Alien” and you’re going to give me chills. It punched all my “creep” buttons and was, in that respect – the one thing a horror novel HAS to do – thoroughly satisfying.
I had a few small quibbles: 1) the two main protagonists – the Mayor of New York and The President of the United States – were a bit caricatured, 2) love interest #1 wasn’t particularly well handled – of course the Mayor and his wife went into the story with a broken relationship that was healed through a brave and hair-raising rescue, 3) love interest #2 was also a bit silly – of course the one noble, selfless paladin in the story sacrificed himself saving all those slightly less worthy, 4) why in the world was a Nazi backstory introduced into the plot – because, as one of the characters comments, it always involves “those guys” and because you need a hook for the second book in the series and, finally, 5) why should I believe the suggestion in the final pages of the book that a disgraced, middle-aged, former Mayor of New York City, a heroic female NYPD SWAT Officer and a former NY Transit System Engineer are capable of traveling to Europe and taking on a shadowy, multi-national organization capable of subverting national governments and disappearing Heads of State.
Even with all that – the creep factor, the action and the quality of the writing were more than enough – I really enjoyed the story and I burned through it. I don’t know that I’d pick a subsequent entry – I suspect that my quibbles would probably kill it for me. This one worked, though – well enough so that it’ll be in the back of my head the next time I hop onto a subway.
Truthfully, I originally bought the book because it was written by Murr. I love IJ! Although there were numerous contests held about whether you received a poster, bookmark, an autographed book, first edition, phone call, FaceTime, lunch or dinner with Murr, I was one of the first people who ordered the minute it was announced and received a poster. Kinda wished I waited a bit longer to order and took advantage of some of the other offers (contests).
Sci-Fi & horror are not normally on my list of books to read, but I found that Murr i(& Darren) are quite the authors. I was impressed! I was, although, unhappy about one of the outcomes in Chapter 39 and actually cried for the character. This explains how riveted you become during this page turner. Murr, Darren, I loved the book.
It's been a long time in the making. A new expansion of the Z train, connecting not only the boroughs of NYC but also Jersey for an easy commute. The shining jewel of this state-of-the-art line is a breathtaking visitors’ pavilion beneath the river. This is a monumental event for the city bringing in the city's Mayor and the President of the United States Major dignitaries for the opening of the subway extension. What no one knows is that deep below the streets of NYC a creature has been awakened by the construction of the subway. That is, until the train comes into the station and all the passengers are missing and in their place, blood. Will anyone come out of this alive?
In Awakened, Murray's first novel, he teamed up with Wearmouth to write this fast-paced, can't put down, horror thriller. As someone who's lived in New York City all my life, I enjoyed reading about the places I know and visit quite frequently. The imagery is real if you know what it's really like to be taking a New York City subway. There's blood. There's gore. And most importantly, and what I enjoyed the most, the parts of the book that took you to an unexpected turn. Just when I thought one thing was about to be solved, I was left with my jaw dropped to find out there was a twist in the story.
Murray and Wearmouth's writing really brings not only the setting to life, but the characters as well. As I read along, I felt that I knew them as real people and not characters in a novel. Times when you would be upset of a death of a character were balanced off when certain characters you weren't sad to see them get what they deserved.
Since reading this book, I will admit, when I'm on the New York City subway and I hear a mysterious noise from outside in the tunnel, I almost expect to see a creature come breaking in through the windows. Though, that definitely would add to the excitement of always getting stuck on the train while there's a "delay."
This is the first book of a trilogy that Murray and Wearmouth are working on and I can't wait for the next two books to be written and hopefully it'll continue after that some more. It's rare I'm upset when I finish a book because I don't want to see it end and that's what happened with this book. I was sad when I came to the last page and anxiously wait for the next book.
I would recommend this book for anyone who loves Horror and Science Fiction. And for anyone who lives in New York City and knows the MTA system and how it's usually run, this is a book you would definitely enjoy.
I received an galley edition of this book from the publisher through a contest they ran on Facebook. The actual book will be released on June 26, 2018. This is one you don't want to miss out on!