I have two different teaser descriptions of Awakenings, one here and one at Muse-Success. I figured I'd ask folks to see which they found more compelling (I haven't gotten reviews at either venue either way, but I thought I'd ask).
On the campus of a small Michigan university, a small knot of survivors struggles to survive the end of the world. When everything they have ever known is spiraling out of control, these few survivors begin to awaken to supernatural gifts they were born with, gifts and sensitivities many of them were not aware of before the end of everything. Now, their newfound senses may mean the difference between survival and death in a new world struggling to be born and forever changed.
As technology dies, the things that modern society has taught us not to see become seen again, become more potent and more dangerous than ever before. A few of these survivors already know that. In the birthing pains of a new world, a new humanity, many more will become painfully aware that the things that go bump in the night have teeth and a toehold in our world as well.
Denial is not an option. Acceptance of inborn gifts, of mystical abilities and energies, is a key to survival in the days and years after the end of everything.
Marin Astoris saw the world ending a few years ago, but she thought it was going to die in a nuclear war. She was mercifully wrong, but now she and her friends have been left on the shattered campus of her Michigan university alone to face the birth of a new world. Many of them slowly awaken to inborn metaphysical abilities that may mean the difference between life and death for these survivors of the world's end as they struggle to survive the death of the modern world.
Thom Ambrose's relationship with Marin has been on the rocks for the better part of a year. He sees what she sees, but he can't allow himself to believe in the visions he has. If he dares to believe, he's going to lose the one thing in the world he loves the most: her.
It's thirty-some college students and one professor trying to survive the end of the world they knew and the birth of a new reality. If they can survive the first year, they just might have a shot.