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The Gathering Paperback – April 10, 2012
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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 began with the New York Times bestselling Sea of Shadows and continues with Empire of Night.
Armstrong's first works for teens were the New York Times bestselling Darkest Powers and Darkness Rising trilogies. She lives in rural Ontario with her husband, three children, and far too many pets.
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When my daughter picked up The Gathering immediately afterward, I didn't jump into the simultaneous reading right away (I was reading something else). Then she came to me and said "This book is more grown up mom. There's making out, and the girl had her drink drugged." Needless to say, I grabbed my own copy immediately so I could see what was up.
Again, Armstrong takes teen issues head on, portraying realistic social interactions, both good and bad, responsible and irresponsible. The main character has a good head on her shoulders, and departing from stereotypical YA formula, she has a good relationship with her parents. Who are both alive. And pretty awesome. She is open in talking (even joking) with them about dating and sex, and it's clear she's educated comprehensively about sex.
The teens in this book do normal teen things -- make out, sometimes without all clothes on. There are illusions to making out and having sex in back seats of cars. Some of them drink beer, some of them don't. They all make wise and unwise choices, can be kind and unkind to each other, can be both responsible and irresponsible. My daughter and I had lots of great open conversations about how she'll have similar choices in the future, what our values are, what's safe and not safe. We talked about the actual risk of having a drink drugged, why that would happen, and how to potentially prevent it.
So much YA lit avoids these complications, instead glossing over actual teen sexual and drinking behavior. Armstrong portrays it in the book as the realistic situation it is. So refreshing.
Characters are well-developed with flaws and strengths. Relationships are also well-developed and stay in line with character growth. It's definitely a first book - many mysteries are left open-ended, leaving you wanting more. Both my daughter and I enjoyed the book immensely. Would I recommend it for any 11yo? Depends on the kid, and you know your kid better than anyone else. You might want to give it a read yourself first, if your kid is 13 or under.
Pros to this book are endless. There is no insta love. The romance is realistic for their age group.
Rounded out characters: everyone has a personality and aren't just one dimensional.
The plot is intriguing, the writing detailed in a way that easily builds the picture of every scene yet, doesn't make you feel like you're reading a text book. The plot isn't typical or overly done and I'm loving the Navajo legend interwoven in there while also incorporating a more scientific spin. It's interesting and engaging. I was never once bored while reading this and that's saying something.
I'm sensing some tension between Daniel and maya that she's either too oblivious to notice, or I'm just so used to annoying love triangles in Ya that I'm creating it in my head.(I'm all for a little addition and subtraction between a couple but throw in geometry and the romance tends to just irritate me) can't wait to read next in series. Which will be in three...two...one. Amazon one click?. Click
Overall an intriguing story, I thought it was a bit slow at times and wanted to see more progress in the story than at the end. Has a bit of a cliffhanger type ending but you do feel like you get a complete story. I liked all the characters in the story didn't have much of a romance more of just a young adult paranromal/fantasy story. Will check out the next book.