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Awakenings by Erin M. Klitzke

a post apocalyptic serial 

Marin Astoris had a vision a few years ago, of a mushroom cloud rising beyond the university’s iconic clocktower. A voice whispered in her ear, take a breath and wait to die. That vision never came to pass. Something else happened instead: an asteroid, a botched attempt to stop it from hitting earth, and a resulting cataclysm that left only small pockets of humans left alive, scattered and isolated in a rapidly changing landscape.

Thom Ambrose’s relationship with Marin has been on the rocks for the better part of a year. He’s had visions, too, ones he’s too afraid to believe are true, because if he dares to believe them, he’ll lose the one thing he loves the most: her.

It’s thirty-some college students struggling to survive the end of everything they’ve ever known. All they’ve got are each other and gifts they’re just realizing they have, abilities they’re struggling to understand. If they can make it through that first year, they might just have a chance.

Note: Awakenings contains some graphic sexual content, graphic violence, and harsh language.


A serialized novel, updating Monday, Wednesday, and Friday

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Listed: May 19, 2011

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Awakenings never sleeps

By Fiona Gregory, editor

Jan 3, 2013: Kudos to Klitzke! 2.7 years of three well written updates a week, without a break as far as I can tell. This is a serial writer who is in it for the long haul and won’t let her readers down. And rather than going stale, Awakenings gets more interesting with time. Creatures from Welsh, Scandinavian, and classical mythology have shown up to harass our heroes (as if the grey gremlins from the ravine weren’t enough!), along with more prophecies and premonitions than you can shake a magic sword at. In addition, at least three babies are expected in 2013 at the haunted homestead.

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(Gradual) Awakenings

By Chris George, author of Murkland

Aug 18, 2011: Awakenings is a work of post-apocalyptic fiction set in a small Michigan university campus. It deals with survival and the relationships and tensions between the survivors, but with an added supernatural twist – the survivors may have all survived for a reason, one some among them have felt for some time and others are just beginning to become aware of.

It’s primarily a character story – largely focussed on dialogue scenes and internal monolgues and it’s pretty slow to build and dip into its more fantastical elements. This is both a strength and a weakness. Many characters are introduced very early on, but you quickly get to know them thanks to this way of telling the story, however it can be frustrating that you aren’t getting to see some of the concepts that many of them are talking about right from the start. This could have been a technique used to build tension – are these things real, or are they delusional? – but the main characters think and feel their way around these concepts with such confidence that the reader is never left in doubt, even if some of the other leads are.

The characters are generally well-written and likable and if you stick with the story in spite of some occasionally frustrating use of language you’ll grow quite fond of them and be interested in their plight, but be prepared to take it for the long haul – this is not a story for those seeking instant gratification. If you can cope with that then you may find it to be a rewarding read in the long term.

You’ll like it if you like relationship-heavy, soft fantasy.

You won’t if you like ‘perfect’ prose and plenty of action.

Worth a look.

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