This is the first in Kelley Armstrong’s young adult Darkness Rising trilogy. It’s a compelling story about a teenager who seems to be developing some special abilities.
Maya lives in Salmon Creek. The town was built by a medical research facility to house the employees and their families. There are less than 70 students in her entire school.
For her sixteenth birthday, her parents agree to let Maya get her paw-shaped birthmark inked in as a tattoo. Instead of being a happy occasion, Maya has a strange encounter with an old woman at the tattoo parlor who calls her a witch.
With the exception of the tragic swimming accident that killed her best friend, growing up in the small community has been pretty normal for Maya. All that is about to change — and I don’t want to give too much of the plot away.
As Maya searches for answers about what the old woman said she experiences a stronger than normal connection to animals: dreaming about running with cougars, feeling the memories of a wounded animal she’s nursing back to health, experiencing heightened senses. Her friend Rafe offers her an answer that seems too impossible to believe. But when she sees the impossible with her own eyes, how can she doubt the truth?
The Gathering has a very exciting ending that leaves you breathless for the next story – The Calling
I listened to this on audiobook and enjoyed the reading by Jennifer Ikeda. Her voice fit perfectly with what I thought Maya would sound like. And that’s what I liked most about the book — Maya. She is smart and likeable. Her relationships seem like real relationships — from her overprotective best friend to the girl she doesn’t get along with so well. This is definitely a book setting up a paranormal situation, but none of the characters’ decisions or plot twists made me roll my eyes in disbelief. I’m looking forward to seeing how this develops through the next two books.
Check the WRL catalog for the audiobook of The Gathering
Check the WRL catalog for The Gathering