Jan 17, 2012

Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky

Title: Awaken
Author: Katie Kacvinsky
Pages: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children
Date Published: May 23rd 2011
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopia, Science Fiction
My Rating: 


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.

My Review

When I first read the summary for this book I was ecstatic to read it because since I love technology I really wanted to go into a world where everything was based off of that. Once I began reading I started realizing it was going in a different direction than what I expected. Don’t get me wrong though, the idea was there, the story was quite interesting, there was just things missing in my opinion. The characters were great and it was good imagination I will give it that. I’ll be honest and say that it might be a great book for someone other than me, in which case I encourage anyone to give it a try.


  1. Aw I'm sorry this book wasn't what you expected! I bought it at a Borders close out sale so I have it on my shelf. I love that's it's about technology too, but I might wait a pick to pick it up since you didn't completely love it. Thanks for the honest review Steph! :)

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  4. Initially, I thought this book sounded pretty great too, but others like you, have said it was def. different than expected. I'm still hoping to give it a try sometime, though!

    Great review! :)


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