Mini-Review: Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky


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. (via Goodreads)

My Initial Review:

This is just going to be a quick shot of some of my initial thoughts of the book, because it won’t be released until May 2011. I was planning on writing a full review and just not posting it for a few months…but this isn’t the kind of book you can read and just set aside. At least – it wasn’t for me! So, I won’t be going into any details about the plot…I just want to rave about it and convince you all to pick it up as soon as you can! You better believe I’ll be buying a copy as soon as it is released!

I opened this book on my computer via NetGalley (so if you don’t want to wait until May 2011, go sign up!)expecting a pretty quick read. I haven’t read any dystopian fiction for several weeks, and was looking forward to giving this a shot. Fast forward about three and a half hours…and I’m finished with the book and left crazy for more. Seriously, I would probably promise Katie Kacvinsky my firstborn for a look at the next book (assuming she is writing one, please-oh-please tell me she is).

It is beautifully written, the chemistry between the characters gave me chills, and I was crazy impressed with her dystopian world-building skills.

Engaging plot, dynamic characters, and a future that manages to be both compelling and believable enough to make you wonder. You don’t want to pass this one by – books like this are the reason we all love to read.

{ 6 comments… add one }
  • Jessica Armenta November 23, 2010, 3:47 pm

    I got this one from Netgalley too. I want to read it so bad but I'm trying to be a good girl and wait until after the 1st of the year so it'll count towards my 2011 debut authors list.
    The cover is so cool and I LOVE dystopian stories. Come on New Years! haha

  • Natalie (Mindful Musings) November 23, 2010, 5:32 pm

    This is the first review I've read of this book, but I'm glad you enjoyed it so much! I feel like I've been so swamped with school reading. It will be nice to get around to reading some "fun" books again. Maybe I'll have a chance to squeeze this one in, if I get it off NetGalley. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  • Mrs. DeRaps November 24, 2010, 12:35 am

    Ooo! I can't wait. This title is on my wishlist. I am always so afraid that I'm going to wait for a book to be released and then hate it. Thanks for reassuring me otherwise!

  • Betty: Reflections with Coffee November 27, 2010, 6:19 pm

    what a great review!

  • Sarah December 2, 2010, 12:26 am

    I just read this today.. and oh my GOD. I loved it. I reminded me of Feed by M.T. Anderson.. but I enjoyed it more 🙂 I can't wait until it comes out so I can buy myself a copy 🙂

  • ComaCalm December 8, 2010, 6:18 pm

    It's nice to see someone else who loved this book too!


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