Book Name:
Awaken
Author/s: Katie Kacvinsky
Language English
Publisher, year: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 2011
Page total: 352
Date Read: December 5-8 2010
Genre/s: YA, Dystopia, Future, Fiction
Synopsis/Description: Maddie lives in a world where everything is done on the computer. Whether it’s to go to school or on a date, people don’t venture out of their home. There’s really no need. For the most part, Maddie’s okay with the solitary, digital life—until she meets Justin. Justin likes being with people. He enjoys the physical closeness of face-to-face interactions. People aren’t meant to be alone, he tells her.

Suddenly, Maddie feels something awakening inside her—a feeling that maybe there is a different, better way to live. But with society and her parents telling her otherwise, Maddie is going to have to learn to stand up for herself if she wants to change the path her life is taking.

In this not-so-brave new world, two young people struggle to carve out their own space.
First line of Book:My mom gave me an old leather-bound journal for my seventeenth birthday.

Review: The moment I heard of this book, I knew I had to have it. The concept is amazing: in the future everything will be lived through the computer. It’s at the same time scary and strangely not that hard to see, considering our growing dependence of computers and technology. So I was really curious of how it would be like to live in a place like this. And I have to say I really enjoyed this book.
The main character, Maddie, is sweet and likable and as independent as the can be (which is not that much in the beginning, but that changes throughout the story).
Justin is quite likable too, but sometimes I was confused of his feelings, but then it all got cleared up really nicely ad his dorky side is so. Cute. (It wouldn’t hurt if we got a more detailed description of how he is either ;)
I really liked Kacvinsky’s writing, the plot is not entirely unpredictable, but it flows really well and makes sense; The ending, though, killed me. I can’t think of another way to end that book, but it really killed me. Overall, I’d recommend Awaken, and though it’s obviously about the people’s constant and growing need of technology, and it gets a little preachy about that, it’s really good.
Rating: 4/5
Quotes from book:
"Intuition works closely alongside fate, like they're business partners working together to alter the course of your life."

"I used to think talking was all about words. But you can say so much more with your eyes and your fingers and your touch. Words just make us one dimentional."

"It's like our bodies. We're a chain of veins and organs and they're all interconnected. If something isn't going right in one area, the whole system can get out of whack. Tha's the way I see the world. We're all connected. I don't see myself as this separate entity. i see things in a much larger scale. Everything I do directly affects another person, all the way down the chain. Every person I help can help another; we're all connected. Change happens one person at a time. And i want to commit my life to seeing that through."

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7 Responses
  1. I did like this book (as you already know :D) and I did feel that Justin was really preachy. I still think the last half of the book was so much better than the first, though. It made me like the book that much more. And the ending, it kind of upset me. Not in that, OMG, the author is evil, but more like...uhhh, why'd she have to say what she did. I wonder if there will be another in the series. Great review Stray!

    Jen
    In the Closet With a Bibliophile


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