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3.70  ·  Rating details ·  956 ratings  ·  221 reviews
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 dark horror that threatens the city’s utter destruction and the balance of civilization itself.

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Hardcover, 287 pages
Published June 26th 2018 by Harper Voyager
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Apr 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
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 defy logic but I could look past the imperfections a
Cody | codysbookshelf
Thanks to Harper Voyager for the review copy.

Let’s get this out of the way: I have a few biases when it comes to my reading. I am not a fan of collaboration novels. I have never read a novel that was written by two (or more) authors that I enjoyed. I also don’t like über basic thrillers.

Awakened is both — with one of the “authors” being a television star.

I went into this with an open mind, though. The book deserved that. I was sent this in exchange for an honest review, and I wanted to give the
Thanks to the publisher for reaching out to me to offer a physical ARC in exchange for an honest review.

I am shocked at how much I enjoyed this book! It was fast-paced. It was intense. It was chock full of action. It had at least moderately developed characters with some depth to them. The villains were both human... and mysterious other. (Can't say more, spoilers!)

The writers have created a really interesting world just like ours with a little twist. Okay, the twist is huge. It's like, EARTH hu
Heidi The Hippie Reader
A new subway line in New York City is being unveiled with fanfare, press coverage and even a visit from the President of the United States. When something goes terribly wrong, it becomes clear that an unspeakable evil has been released from the depths.

And they all said the devil didn't actually exist...

Plodding dialogue and clumsy character development clog what otherwise would have been an action-packed science fiction read. The set up was so classic. The line, "the dwarves delved too deep", ke
Mogsy (MMOGC)
3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Written by James S. Murray of Impractical Jokers fame with sci-fi author Darren Wearmouth, Awakened really couldn’t have come at a better time. Summer is here, and this impossibly fun and deliciously creepy horror-thriller would make for the perfect read by the beach, pool, or anywhere really—as long as it’s bright, sunny, above ground, and surrounded by people. Trust me on this, if you want to avoid nightmares.

Set in Ne
Jun 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book was sent to me by Haper Voyager in exchange for an honest review.

This book was entertaining, but sort of in the same way action movies with not a lot of substance are entertaining. Even though the marketing for this book says it's horror, I felt like it was more of a political thriller than a horror novel. Sure, there was gore and evil subterranean creatures, but I like my horror to be darker and a lot less political.

Some of the characters are likable, but I felt like most of them were
Abbie (boneseasonofglass)
I’ve not settled on a rating for this yet, I need some time to mull it over

Review to come soon
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 have read and promises to be a series that will k
May 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-own
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 pavilion, the passengers were gone. Instead, the inside o
Jun 20, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

"The power cut. Total darkness. Glass shattering. So many screams. So many..."

Holy fucking opening. It is described on the back of the book, but I still absolutely loved the subway leaving on its first journey & coming back empty & covered in blood. AMAZING & SO CREEPY.

Obviously I was hooked on the beginning of the book. The short chapters keep everything moving along quickly, and I was dying to know what happened.

In opposition to the ease of the short chapters, there were ent
Bob Milne
Jan 14, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
A good book that started out as a great book, before getting derailed about halfway through, Awakened was a fun popcorn read about subterranean monsters.

James S. Murray & Darren Wearmouth waste absolutely no time getting down to business. The first chapter features a harrowing accident, rescue, and ultimate disaster that got the adrenaline running. I expected the story to settle down after that, plod along for a big, and then circle back to the action, but this is not a patient read. The sec
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is insanely brilliant! Creepy and addictive from the first page. I can't wait for the next one
Jan 22, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: audio, horror, scrbd, dnf
time of death 95%. I just couldn't push through. This story had everything I looked for in a horror book. Monsters, blood, gore, lots of action, but despite that something was still off. I couldn't keep up with the characters. I couldn't remember who was who and I couldn't connect with any of them. Most of the time this audio book was just noise in the background for me. Every once in awhile a scene would catch my attention have me refocusing back to the story, but because I spaced out through t ...more
Apr 13, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy
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 tea. This was, however, a SLOW MOVING action film. I
The Tattooed Book Geek (Drew).
As always this review can also be found on my blog The Tattooed Book Geek: http://thetattooedbookgeek.wordpress...

I received a free copy of this book courtesy of the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Awakened came to my attention and piqued my interest after I saw that it was written by James S. Murray, better known to many as ‘Murr‘ from the Impractical Jokers TV show. I’m a big fan of the Impractical Jokers series, it’s good harmless fun and can always manage to make me chuckle at th
Jun 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very entertaining, frightening and gory look at what lurks below the subway tunnels of New York City. I love monster horror and this did the trick. Review to follow shortly on For Winter Nights.
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
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, so I'm not that familiar with the genre. I do, ho
Jun 30, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
What was once underground is now coming to the surface. - Gavin Bryars

I wanted to like this horror book more than I did. I grew up watching "Creature Features" and loving monster books and movies.

This book, written by a writing team, lacked a spark for me. Parts of it were good but more parts were repetitive and lacking depth.

There's a brand new subway opening in New York City, connecting parts of the city with New Jersey. There is also an underwater pavilion built to commemorate the vast ventur
Alex findingmontauk1
Jun 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned, night-worms
Awakened, written by James S. Murray and Darren Wearmouth, is a story that involves a big fear of mine: underground subways. It may be the claustrophobia talking, but there is something I just can’t handle when it comes to dark tunnels full of nothingness, bugs, and more that could just come collapsing down at any moment. I mean what if the train stalled and there’s nothing around?! I am not getting out and walking in that… bye. I’ve seen movies like Cloverfield where that TERRIFIES me.

Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book starts out relatively good and creepy and then gradually devolves into something genuinely terrible. The overall feel of the book is a SciFi Channel original movie (and not one of the good one). The characters are cliché and the story is not particularly original. It doesn’t even work as a “so bad it is great” type book. The beginning is fun and somewhat promising, by the middle it is bad to the point of being awesome, and then the end is just weak and boring. If you want secret organi ...more
Stefan Yates
May 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: general-fiction
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 correct I appreciate that the immediate events in th
Originally posted on Creature From the Book Lagoon blog.

"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 dark horror that threatens the city’s utter destruction and the balance of civilization itself.After years of waiting, New York’s newest subway line is finally ready, an expres
Apr 18, 2018 marked it as to-read
I was sent a copy of this book for review by the publisher. I am looking forward to it. It sounds like it has potential to be a good creepy read.
Apr 14, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 tell. 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. They are the sort of thing I imagine novelists jot
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Aug 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, audiobook
Awakened was a random library pick that I ended up being pleasantly surprised with. The book opens with a the launch of New York's latest subway line. It's supposed to be an express to from New York to New Jersey under the Hudson river. Reporters, The President of the US and the mayor of New York are on the New Jersey platform waiting for the train to arrive. When it does, everyone on the train is gone and only bloody hand prints remain.

I thought this book was a fun sci-fi horror adventure. The
Amy S
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 this five stars not for extraordinary writing, but
Nov 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Let's face it. I was drawn to this book because it was written by Murr from Impractical Jokers. I love that show. I went to see their tour last year. I am a big fan. I don't know how much was written by Murr and how much by his co-author. I like to think Murr contributed an equal amount to this.

The story reminded me of two of my favorite horror books, The Hatching by Ezekiel Boone and The Descent by Jeff Long. In all of these books, humanity is threatened by a heretofore unknown species living u
Gayle Noble
At the opening of a new subway line in New York the first train rolls through, but when it arrives all the passengers are missing and the inside is covered in blood. Then the rest of the guests, including POTUS, are attacked. Is it terrorists or another new threat?

The book is a sci-fi/horror/thriller and I thought it was a very entertaining read. Kind of implausible, but entertaining. I could actually see this being a TV film. There were plenty of characters to become invested in, one or two sur
Jan 26, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, scfi
This, for the most part, was a fun old-fashioned story with monsters. It was a tense story and the reader worries about the people trapped in the subway tunnels being picked off by said monsters. The entire Foundation subplot was boring and the Nazi tie-in was trite. I don't know if I will read the others in the series because of this. I would be more interested in continuing if it was just the few survivors going after the monsters but alas that isn't so. I don't care about the nazis/foundation ...more
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James S. Murray is a writer, executive producer, and actor, best known as “Murr” on the hit television show Impractical Jokers on truTV and for his comedy troupe, the Tenderloins. He also served as the senior vice president of development for NorthSouth Productions for over a decade and is owner of Impractical Productions, Inc. Originally from Staten Island, he now lives in Manhattan. Awakened is ...more

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