Published by EntangledTeen, Macmillan on April 7th 2015
Genres: dystopia, Dystopian, post apocalyptic, romance, science fiction, young adult
Source: Author, Won
Desiree Six (because she was born on a Friday) believes in everything the Protectorate stands for. She likes the safety and security of having her entire life planned out--her career, her mate, even the date of her death. She doesn't even think to question when Darian, her childhood friend and neighbor, is convicted of murdering his parents. They had seemed like such a loving family. But if he was convicted, then he must have done it. Then Darian shows up in her room late one night. He has escaped the Terrorscape--a nightmare machine used to punish all Noncompliants--and he needs Desiree's help. What he tells her rocks her world to its core and makes her doubt everything she's ever been told. With this new information, will Desiree and Darian be able to escape the Protectorate before it's too late?
I received this book for free from Author, Won in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Awakening had all the makings of something to be excellent but it fell a little short for me in the end. I gave it an average rating, because that’s all it was to me. Average. Not something I want to go shouting from the rooftops, but it was definitely a readable, entertaining book that had me decide I would most likely read a lot more work from this author in the future.
What set it apart is the world-building. I really liked how this world had been crafted and most often felt like I was reading pieces of the Uglies series or the influences of Delirium. There was a large chunk where that’s all I seemed to feel–obvious influences from various Dystopias/Post-apocalyptic books I’ve read and enjoyed in the past. The world of Awakening didn’t seem too logical at times, and I kept having questions pop up in my head because I wanted more.
When it came down to the characters and their actions, I wanted more from them also. A little more emotion or background even. But they were memorable in their own ways. I loved that from the very beginning we get a glimpse of Desiree’s already subconscious rebellious side with just the mention of her artwork. Hell, I can’t help it–artsy characters have a soft spot for me in general anyway. 🙂
So, would I recommend Awakening? Sure! It might not have been mind-blowing for me as a story, but it wasn’t bad at all and I really do look forward to picking up more future work from Duffy. With solid writing, an interesting world, and an interesting cast of characters, this was a fun, entertaining weekend read!