Awakened by James S. Murray


"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.***The star of truTV’s hit show Impractical Jokers—alongside veteran sci-fi and horror writer Darren Wearmouth—delivers a chilling and wickedly fun supernatural novel in the vein of The Strain, in which a beautiful new subway line in New York City unearths an ancient da...

Details Awakened

Release DateJun 26th, 2018
PublisherHarper Voyager
GenreHorror, Science Fiction, Adult

Reviews Awakened

  • Erin
    I received this book through Goodreads First Reads.I was pleasantly surprised with this one. I honestly went into it not expecting to enjoy it as much as I did. Winning a book, that sounds interesting, can always be hit or miss but this one definitely hit the mark in terms of an interesting plot. Was it perfect? No, some of the dialogue seemed to get a bit repetitive and explaining some of the situations, that happened along the way, seemed to de...
  • Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
    I don't always love sci fi reads for some reason but every now and then I come across I just can't say no to. Chalk it up to curiosity or a great synopsis, either way I feel like I need to read them. Awakened was truly a different kind of read. Part dystopian, part sci fi and part thriller, it kept me interested and turning the pages more often than not. With a conspiracy theory twist I didn't see coming, this truly stood out compared to others I...
  • Josen
    When I was offered this ARC by the publisher, I read the synopsis and thought heck yeah I’ll read it!..... and I wasn’t disappointed. A new subway line is being christened in New York City with all the fanfare and hoopla which included not only the city’s mayor, but the President of the United States as well. The opening of the celebration was to have the first train come in with a load of it’s first passengers, but when it rolls into the...
  • Stefan Yates
    Awakened is a fast-paced exciting thriller along the lines of James Patterson or Dan Brown. The characters are well crafted which to me is one of the keys to a successful thriller as the more vested my interest in the people, the better the thriller grips me and keeps me turning pages to find out what happens next. From about the midpoint of the novel on, I was pretty sure that the novel was laid out to be the first in a series and while I was co...
  • Sheri
    I absolutely love getting ARC from publishers. And I really, truly hate when I have to give them a 1 star review (because I have had publishers stop sending me stuff, even though they claim that they want honest reviews). But, alas integrity is important to me.In all fairness, the concept of the book itself is more that of an action movie and so even if it was well executed would probably only rate at 3 stars simply because it is not my cup of te...
  • Amy S
    I received this ARC in the mail last weekend. I'm not a huge horror fan, but figured what the heck, and went into it with low expectations. Thankfully it was a weekend, as I had difficulty putting the book down and read well into the night. Many scenes are quite intense, and right when you think you have figured it all out another twist is thrown in. People are not who they appear to be. I really did feel on the edge of my seat often.I'm rating t...
  • Geneva
    Full disclosure: I was sent a free advance copy of this in exchange for reviewing it here (even fuller disclosure: part of my soul was all "THEY'RE SENDING ME FREE BOOKS NOW! I'VE MADE IT BIG"). I think, though, that the only way this is going to influence my review is by making me go into a bit more detail than I would have otherwise.This book is okay. I'm going to get the caveat out of the way ahead of time: I don't read a lot of modern horror,...
  • Steven
    So Intense!!! This was an extremely hard to put down, non stop thriller/horror, with something new to cause nightmares! Fans of James Rollins, Jeremy Robinson, Warren Fahy, and Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child will love this book. I highly recommend this title.
  • Johanna Plaisance
    Wow! This book arrived at a good time as I was confined to a sick bed. I thought I'd just read a chapter or two but I could not put it down once I started! It moved along quite quickly with good character development and scenes described so well I could picture them in my mind.If you are a fan of Stephen King or Dean Koontz you will like this book. I hope James S Murray continues to write such engaging novels and I will be looking up Darren Wearm...
  • Em
    Yikes. More sci-fi thriller than horror novel, this book is a whole mess of cliches and one-dimensional characters and flat dialogue. The great concept earns it an extra star from me, but the book doesn’t even remotely deliver.
  • FanFiAddict
    Awakened is a non-stop, pulse-pounding thriller that takes you on the subway to hell. You may need to leave the lights for this one!First off, I want to thank Harper Voyager, Edelweiss, and the authors for an eARC of Awakened in exchange for an honest review. Receiving an eARC does not sway my opinion on the novel and the thoughts below are mine alone.When I first heard that James “Murr” Murray, aka James the Ferret, aka the losingest member ...
  • Julie
    I was given this ARC from the publisher, who asked for a review on GoodReads.Unfortunately, they'll probably regret this decision.This book is lousy.Advice given to all writers is "show, don't tell." This book is all show. I couldn't get past page 70 (out of 280) and the only reason I slogged on that far was out of a sense of duty. The plot is silly, the dialogue is ridiculous, and the characters aren't even sketches of characters, just doodles. ...
  • Naomi Downing
    After years of waiting the Z Train subway, connecting New York city with communities across the Hudson River, is finally up and ready for passengers. The inaugural run is a big event, even the President of the United States and Mayor are there. But when the shiny new train slowly comes out of the tunnel the party goes from excitement to chaos quickly. The train that was full moments before is now empty and blood covers everything inside of the tr...
  • Frank
    I received this ARC copy direct from the publisher as part of a Goodreads giveaway. The publisher encouraged me to share my review of the book so here goes.Basically, the novel was a blend of science fiction, horror, and conspiracy theories. It was about a new subway system being built under the Hudson River connecting New Jersey with New York City. The system has a state of the art pavilion located underneath the river and this is where most of ...
  • Joe Cochran
    Full Disclosure: I received this book as an ARC for an honest review. So hopefully I wont give to much away here. First off this was a very good action packed story and actually kept me engrossed in it causing the pages to quickly turn. I was going to give the book 4 stars but hesitated due to conflicting situations in the book, so it only received 3. The story started out with a bang and sucked me in right away but it kind of went off the rails ...
  • Jody
    I received an advance reader's copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.This book starts out with intense action and it never lets up. It is page after page of something exciting happening refusing to let you rest for even a moment. There is a lot going on in different locations and each chapter deals with something different but it doesn't jump around so much as to leave the reader confused. I like more character development in the book...
  • Joe Crowe
    When a new subway opens in New York and the cars arrive from their first trip drenched in blood, it leads to a very fun, thrilling horror and sci-fi story. Well, it's not fun for the people that were in the cars. But hey, they're fictional. James S. Murray, Murr from the TV show "Impractical Jokers," is one of the writers, along with horror author Darren Wearmouth. The goofy humor from that show is very welcome in a horror story.So I'm going to n...
  • Sarah Canfield
    It has been a while since I picked up a horror novel. This one did not disappoint. Vast conspiracies, scary creatures, difficult escape scenarios - all were well done and flowed together. I was engrossed in the store from beginning to end. A delicious treat for summer reading.
  • M.
    I enjoyed this read.