Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky

ISBN: 9780547371481
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Pages: 309

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.

I really enjoyed reading Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky! I loved reading about the digital, “safe” life that Katie Kacvinsky created in this book, as well as it’s consequences! For me Awaken was a cross between The Academie by Amy Joy and Delirium by Lauren Oliver. Even though at times she was a bit too needy and “plugged-in”, my favourite character was Maddie, because of her rebelliousness and stubborn nature. I love the cover of Awaken, it combines both the natural and digital aspects from within the story and depicts them beautifully! I really like how the pixelated effect is coupled with the simple, yellow flower trapped in the jar, much like the how some of the characters are trapped in their digital worlds!

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