Title: The Calling
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Publication Year: 2012
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy
Source: E-book version borrowed from the public library
From the cover:
A powerful secret. A desperate race for survival.
Maya and her friends are on the run. Having escaped a deliberately set forest fire and a fake rescue team with dark intentions, they were just beginning to feel safe again. Then their helicopter crashes near the Vancouver Island wilderness, and Maya and her friends realize they’re about as far from safe as they can get.
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 her mysterious paw-print birthmark. Yet as Maya and her friends face unforeseen dangers, it becomes clear she’s not the only one in their close-knit group who has something to hide. And if they’re going to survive, they’ll need all their extraordinary abilities to help them get back home.
After the exposition of the last novel, The Calling is a great “middle book” in the trilogy. It gives the reader a more nuanced perspective on each character, and allows their relationships and identities to grow and change.
While the chase and hiding scenes are a bit predictable, what makes them fun is watching the different characters figure out how to use their strengths to support the group. It’s also great as a book that shows how independent teenagers can be with the right motivation. Not that I think all teenagers should be hunted down by giant corporations or anything, but there’s something about “teens against The Man” that really calls out to a lot of YA readers.