Synopses & Reviews
Karas afraid to go to sleepuntil the nightmares come when shes awake . . . .
Sixteen-year-old Kara Foster is an outsider in Japan, but is doing her best to fit at the private school where her father is teaching English for the year. Fortunately shes befriended by Sakura, a fellow outsider struggling to make sense of her sisters unsolved murder some months ago. No one seems to care about the beautiful girl who was so brutally murdered, and the other students go on as if nothing has happened. Unfortunately, the calm doesnt last for long. Kara begins to have nightmares, and soon other students in the school turn up dead, viciously attacked by someone . . . or something. Is Sakura getting back at those she thinks are responsible for her sisters death? Or has her dead sister come back to take revenge for herself?
This first book in a frightening new trilogy will have teens glued the page and scared to go to sleep.
"Two years after her mother dies in a car wreck, 16-year-old Kara Harper and her father move from America to Japan because of a love of the country and to start a new life. But death is all around them at Kara's new school: a student named Akane was murdered there several months earlier, and as Kara befriends Akane's sister, Sakura, other students begin dying under mysterious circumstances. Sakura is sure that Akane has risen from the grave to avenge herself, while Kara and their friend Miho guess that a demonic entity from Japanese legend is responsible. Randall fills the story, first in the Waking series, with details about Japanese culture and evocative descriptions ('Miyazu Bay reflected back the blue sky with a purity that made her breath catch.... leaving an American suburb behind for natural beauty such as this was like waking up in some magical kingdom'), while slowly building tension and winding the plot ever tighter, weaving together current threats and age-old mysteries. Regardless of readers' level of familiarity with Japan, the horror-tinged story should fascinate and thrill. Ages 12 up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
About the Author
THOMAS RANDALL is a pseudonym for Christopher Golden, a bestselling author of over fifty novels for adults and teens. His work has been translated into fourteen languages all over the world, with almost eight million copies of his books in print. He lives with his family in Massachusetts. www.christophergolden.com www.gaijingirl.net