Maya and her friends have been forced to flee from their homes during a forest fire they suspect was deliberately set. Then they're kidnapped, and after a chilling helicopter crash, they find themselves lost in the Vancouver Island wilderness. But Maya has a secret. She can run faster, climb higher, and see better than nearly anyone else. It's part of who she really is - and it has something to do with the mysterious paw print birthmark on her hip. Yet as Maya and her friends face unforeseen dangers, it becomes clear that she's not the only one in their close-knit group with something to hide. If they're going to survive, they'll need all their extraordinary abilities to help get them back home.
Publication date: April 10th 2012 by HarperCollins
The Elliott Review:
This book picks up directly where The Gathering left off, and at first it was a bit disorienting since it's been a day or two since I read the first book. As the group tries to survive the helicopter crash in the wilderness, I became reoriented and invested in what would happen to Maya and company. At the beginning of the book something happens to Rafe that devastates Maya due to their previous relationship. This was a great cause of concern for me, and I kept thinking about it, hoping for the best.
It's clear that there really isn't anyone that the group can trust in their attempt to survive and to reunite with their families. They have losses, kidnappings, and other creepy people to deal with. Maya, Daniel, and the others have to accept just what their abilities are in order to be able to use them. But how did they get these abilities in the first place?
I think this book ties in nicely, finally giving that satisfying connection to the Darkest Powers trilogy that I was oh so waiting for from the moment I saw the St. Clouds mentioned. Some of my favorite characters from that trilogy are mentioned, and I can't wait to see what the connection is in the next installment of this series.
Young Adult Notes:
Very mild - mild language, mild sensual scenes, mild violence.