Review of Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky

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.


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Awaken is a very interesting idea, one that could very easily become true. The idea that humans could cut themselves off from the world completely isn't that difficult to fathom - after all, we've been doing it for years, slowly but surely. Madeline is a very interesting character, you see her rebellious side a lot but fear of her Father stops her from doing anything he might dislike - he doesn't trust her due to something she did in the past. Justin was my favourite character as his history was rather complex. Justin encourages Madeline to fend for herself and fight for what she believes in, so he's a crucial part of the book.
For me, I didn't like how it ended. I was expecting/hoping for an Uglies style cliff-hanger but what I got was a pretty ending tied up with a pretty pink bow. Otherwise, this book was perfect.

5/5

Received free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

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