Series: Awaken #1
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on May 23rd, 2011
Genres: Dystopian, Love & Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Source: bought online
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.
It’s the year 2060, and everything is done on the computer. Digital School is the new norm. People don’t interact face-to-face anymore. Maddie is a teenager who starts to question why the world has turned out the way it is. And when her new friend Justin wants to meet her in person, her life starts to change as he teaches her new ways to live.
The way they talk about each other and how they feel is so sweet and romantic. Their relationship grows and not because they’re physically attracted to each other (though that helps) but because Maddie and Justin challenge each other. There’s a push and pull between the two which I find is in most YA books but this one was different. Just because Justin is so determined to change the course of society and Maddie is too scared to change it even though she has the power to do so. I also found Maddie’s relationship with her parents and comparing it with Justin and his parents. Both are so different.
Wow. This book has incredible themes and thoughts that I couldn’t help but want to quote all the good dialogues in my review. There’s this realism that I couldn’t help but compare to our society now. It’s fact that we interact through screens whether it be our phones, tablets or computers.
Good characters with a good supporting cast as well.
Length was a bit too long, but the pacing was fine.
Definitely fits with the theme of the novel, but a little bland.
Great world building plot!
Overall, story is a must-read for any dystopian favourites!