Thursday, December 16, 2010

Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky Early Review

Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky
Reviewed by Moirae the fates book reviews.

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.                                     (Synopsis provided by
I want to fist begin by saying that this is a debut novel. I enjoy reading debut novels. This book is very “Big Brother”. I like the idea of dystopian novels, the YA market is flooded with these types of novels right now and I think that is great.
The writing was great. Kacvinsky wove a beautiful story with elegant wording. There were moments when this book sounded preachy to me. Mainly with the main characters love interest Justin. I had a hard time rooting for him and wanting him to succeed. I didn’t want Maddie to like him. I didn’t think that the relationship felt real. It almost felt forced. That could be my own bias against Justin coming out, I don’t know. I felt that we were told repeatedly about Justin’s views on computers to the point of over-kill.
Aside from my complaints about Justin, the book was good. I enjoyed reading it and I enjoyed the story line. I would like to see what happens next in this book and this is an author I will be looking for more titles from in the future.
Over all rating:
***3 out of 5 stars
Cover Art:
The cover art is simple and I really liked it.
I obtained an ARC from the publisher via Netgalley. Thank you!

This book will be released May 23 2011

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