I received this book for free from requested from publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Series: Awaken #2
Published by Houghton Mifflin on November 20th, 2012
Genres: Dystopian, Love & Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Source: requested from publisher
For four weeks Maddie has been living in Los Angeles, trying to be good. But no matter how hard she tries, something inside her won't be sated. She can't live a life of half-truths and false pretenses. So one night, she says how she really feels.
That's all it takes. One night. One bad decision, and Maddie is thrown into a detention center where she's forced to undergo secretive treatment meant to squash her rebellious streak. The powers that be call it rehabilitation. Maddie calls it torture.
Alone, Maddie will not survive. But if she can find something to hold on to - an image of Justin, their love - maybe she can fight. And if she's really lucky, maybe she'll even win.
There’s something about Middle Ground’s world and society that makes you want to question how we use technology in our every day lives. This is why I found this book so realistic. Maddie does seem to make rash decisions in this one and I couldn’t help but shake my head when she did it. Even though the story continued on, I felt that the society and the plot that was in the first book, Awaken went on pause.
This might even be a filler book (as most second books are!), where the emphasis is on the characters and their development. But rest assured, I wasn’t bored at all. There was meaning behind everything that Maddie did. And the romance did get a little steamy at times, but it was appropriate for most readers.
Overall, I was satisfied with the continuation, but I was looking for so much more.