When We Wake by Karen Healey

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Somewhat intriguing story but at times it felt more like a lecture than a novel. I’m not a huge dystopian fan, and this title is a little too dystopian-esque for me. Future society, the world is in peril, teen girl who just wants to live a normal life but has to save the world from some evil adults, etc. etc. The book is littered with cliches and cardboard characters, and despite the cliffhanger ending to tempt you into grabbing the sequel, While We RunWhile We Run by Karen Healey, I’m not inspired to read more.

After I draft a review, I often then go and read other reviews of a book, mostly for curiosity’s sake (do others agree with my take on the book?). I always feel a little bit of “yes! It wasn’t just me!” when something that’s bugged me about a book turns up frequently in other reviews. In this case, what I referred to as a “lecture” others rightly noted is a preachy take on politics and religion. It didn’t bother me as much as it did some others, but it was annoyingly heavy-handed, even when I was agreeing with her about parts of it.

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Publisher’s Description:
My name is Tegan Oglietti, and on the last day of my first lifetime, I was so, so happy.

Sixteen-year-old Tegan is just like every other girl living in 2027–she’s happiest when playing the guitar, she’s falling in love for the first time, and she’s joining her friends to protest the wrongs of the world: environmental collapse, social discrimination, and political injustice.

But on what should have been the best day of Tegan’s life, she dies–and wakes up a hundred years in the future, locked in a government facility with no idea what happened.

Tegan is the first government guinea pig to be cryonically frozen and successfully revived, which makes her an instant celebrity–even though all she wants to do is try to rebuild some semblance of a normal life. But the future isn’t all she hoped it would be, and when appalling secrets come to light, Tegan must make a choice: Does she keep her head down and survive, or fight for a better future?

Award-winning author Karen Healey has created a haunting, cautionary tale of an inspiring protagonist living in a not-so-distant future that could easily be our own.

Book Details

Title: When We WakeWhen We Wake by Karen Healey
Author: Karen Healey
Category: Young Adult Science Fiction
My Rating: 2.5 Stars

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  1. Too bad! The description sounds interesting.

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