by Katie Kacvinsky
Publication Date: May 23rd 2011
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Books
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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. -Goodreads
Seventeen year old Madeline lives in a digital world. She goes to school, meets new friends, and does her shopping all without ever having to leave her home. Why leave your home, when everything is right at your fingertips? Introduce hunky boy Justin, who shows her what life is like outside her digital world, and Maddie feels her life will never be quite the same again.
I picked up Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky from Netgalley. I didn't really know what to expect, but I picked it up because it had a different feel than most of the books I've been reading lately. I have to say, it was a great read! The plot was great, and really sucked me into the book. It was fasted paced, and I was finished before I knew it.
I liked the main character, Maddie. I liked seeing her 'awaken', to a life she didn't even know about it. You could tell there was a rebel hidden in there, and she was very likable. Justin was another good character. I felt bad for him. He really wants to care about Maddie, but feels that he has to take care of everyone else as well. I didn't like that he played with her emotions so much, but that's a guy for you. ;)
I really enjoyed the book! The ending left me wanting MORE. I'm hoping it was left that way for a reason, and that there will be another book(s) in the series.
Thank you to Houghton Mifflin Books and Netgalley for letting me read and review this book!