Review: ‘Middle Ground’ by Katie Kacvinsky

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.

Review: ‘Middle Ground’ by Katie KacvinskyMiddle Ground by Katie Kacvinsky
Series: Awaken #2
Published by Houghton Mifflin on November 20th, 2012
Genres: Dystopian, Love & Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 321
Format: Hardcover
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.

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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.


But isn’t what we do, not what we own, that makes a difference? Isn’t how we treat people, not how we appear, that makes us attractive? (4)
You could sit around and wait for life to happen or you could get busy and make it happen yourself. (87)
People don’t appreciate each other when they’re alive. Why would they go out of their way for someone who’s dead? (191)
I was beginning to believe friends could replace family. When it comes down to it, you want to be around people who appreciate you. (196)
It’s easy to forget other people are suffering when your own life is secure and comfortable and perfect. (248)
Letting go is easy. Anyone can do that. Love is fighting for someone to stay. (320)





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  2. unknown

    October 24, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    “Letting go is easy. Anyone can do that. Love is fighting for someone to stay”
    Love this quote <3 We always fight to our deep heart for someone. If heart say "yes" to him or her, so our brain will say "yes" too :')

  3. Jaime Lynn

    September 27, 2013 at 9:25 PM

    I have heard of this series, and heard some very mixed reactions to it. It sounds good, but I am not sure if I would enjoy it. Maybe I will wait and see what the final book in the series does for people.

  4. asdewi

    September 22, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    I was “lol” when you said that most second books are filler books. Just realize how true that is

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