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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Awakening by Shannon Duffy (Review)

Title: Awakening
Series: Standalone
Author: Shannon Duffy
Published: April 7, 2015 Entangled Teen
Format: E-arc
Pages: 352 per Goodreads

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 from the Terrorscape—a nightmare machine used to punish all Noncompliants—and 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?

This is my first read by author Shannon Duffy, and I have to say - I am impressed.  I absolutely love unique reads like this.  If you into post apocalyptic and tech, then I think you will love this.  Now this book is more on the YA side, but a mature YA.

Picture a world where everything has been "destroyed".  That's what the government wants you to believe.  Is it true, or is it not?  No one knows.  But now you live in communities where EVERYTHING is governed by the government - right down to your job, your future spouse - and get this, even your dreams when you sleep. There were so many interesting and unique aspects to this book.  I really have to give the author credit, because she made everything seem entirely plausible and real.

This story is mostly about Desiree.  She's on the cusp of turning from a teen to what this new world considers an adult.  Her future is mapped out, she doesn't want for much.  So she should be happy, right?  Her friends and family are happy... aren't they?  I really liked Desiree because she had an inquistive mind.  She begins this story as one of the many sheep in the story, too much kool-aid for her.  But by the end she has evolved into something else entirely.  She grew in so many ways, I couldn't help but love her.

The catalyst to that change is a friend named Darian.  Well, he was a childhood friend but he's been in prison.  The news is saying he's escaped, and he has come to look up Desiree. He makes her heart beat wildly and makes her question everything.  I loved so much about Darian.  He was smart and intuitive, generous and even has the makings of an Alpha man in him.

A lot happens in this book.  It was really very exciting the entire way through.  Shannon Duffy created a new world that is so unlike anything I've ever read, I really couldn't get enough.  While I don't normally read YA, and I am seriously hoping this book is turned into a series.  I absolutely need to know what happens after this story ends.  The technology, the betrayals, the uprising of a few individuals... this is one of those books that could be made into a movie and be a hit. Can't say it enough - I loved it!

Author of MG and YA books full of adventure. I grew up on the east coast of Canada in the province of Newfoundland and now live in Ontario. I love writing, reading, fashion, fitness, and traveling.

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