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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday: Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Release Date: May 23, 2011
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children
Pages: 352

Summary: In the year 2060, everything is done digitally. Kids no longer go to schools. They stay home and take classes online. Adults work from home, too. Even dating is no longer done in person. Why walk on a real beach when you can stroll down a digitally remastered one instead? No bad weather, no seagulls, nothing real to ruin a perfectly fine time. Though she's grown up in this digital world, something about being cut off from everyone doesn't sit right with seventeen-year-old Madeline. Her favorite activity--the only one she does off line--is soccer. She likes the physicality of it and the comradery with the other girls. Then she meets Justin. He, too, prefers life off line. It's all he talks about. He even takes her out to a real coffee shop and an underground club. Maybe it's his attentiveness, or the physical closeness of actually being with someone, or just that he's very good looking, Madie is definitely drawn to him. But there's also something very aloof about him, like perhaps he's hiding something. When Madie uncovers the truth, she's faced with the question: What's more important, fighting for what you believe in or love?

My Thoughts:
I LOVE books that take place in the future. They seem to bring a unique and refreshing outlook on how we perceive things. The whole sound of this book is thrilling and I am seriously itching for it. Also, the cover is pretty. I like how the flowers are held captive in a jar which gives a sense of a suffocating environment that Madie is possibly experiencing.

What are your thoughts on Awaken?

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AtenRa said...

Oooh sounds very interesting!And the cover is gorgeous!
I haven't read many futuristic books but from what I've read so far I haven't been disappointed!

cynthial11 said...

I love these type of books too, I hadn't heard of this one. I'll be adding it to my list!!! =)

Adriana said...

Wow, 2060! This whole digital world actually sounds like a possibility. That's pretty scary. Sounds good.

Nicole said...

Wow this sounds really interesting! I'll have to keep my eye out for it.

danya said...

This one sounds like it has potential - and the whole futuristic angle actually sounds plausible!

Elle of Wooksy said...

Great pick! I added it to my TBR list, sounds right up my alley!

Mrs. DeRaps said...

Thanks for the heads-up...This title is now on my wishlist.

Anonymous said...

I like that cover.

Alison said...

This sounds surprisingly interesting, considering I don't usually like dystopia-esque books.
Alison Can Read

Casey said...

great pick! this one sounds so good. can't wait to read it

Casey (The Bookish Type) said...

I love this cover! It seems so appropriate for the tone of the novel. I'm really getting into the futuristic thing - they're all so thought-provoking! Great pick!

Alyssa Kirk @ Teens Read and Write said...

An interesting take on how on-line is taking over peoples lives. Great cover!

Teens Read and Write

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