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Book Review: Awaken (Awaken #1) by Katie Kacvinsky

Updated on May 6, 2016

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General Information:

Author: Katie Kacvinsky
Pages: 309 for Hardcover
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children
Main Characters: Madeline Freeman, Justin Solvi


The book is about a girl named Madeline Freeman. She is the daughter of the man who created online schooling and “living” online. It was a new way of living; a way where no one had to be hurt. But is that really living, to make people less social and live life with limitations?

Not only that, but trees no longer exist, either. Now they have fake trees.

Madeline, on the otherhand, disagrees with her father's different lifestyle. Instead, she wants to live in a place where technology doesn’t revolve around their life. She likes technology, but she doesn’t want it to control her. But her and father have different views, and that is when their opinions start to clash.

Madeline comes across an unexpected turn of events. There's a boy in the picture and he wants to meet her. And she agrees to meet this boy named Justin just after a tutoring session. But he wants to meet her. Why?

Personal Thoughts:

The book starts off with Madeline writing a journal entry and her talking about trees. Her mom just gave her a journal, so now she wants to start writing.

This book is good. It’s not a personal favorite, but it is worth reading. There are some parts where it’s cliché, but other than that it’s fine. It’s a dystopian, futuristic novel where everything is done online which I thought was an interesting concept. And I thought it was interesting how Madeline’s mother and father are polar opposites. They have different views on whether they should live their lives online. She likes technology but she thinks there should be a limit. She still keeps a journal and writes in longhand. She is one my favorite characters, because she doesn't pressure her daughter to live her life the way her father tells her to. She has her own opinion, which I admire from her character.

Technology is very centered in this novel. Everyone in their society uses it. It is part of everyday life. People in this society tend to be more conservative. They do not like to have fun like go to clubs and such.

It went by a bit slow at the beginning and then all of a sudden “BAM!” and it went back to being slow. I would say this book is geared towards younger teenagers instead of the older demographic. The cover is beautiful, but it is kind of confusing. But once you read the book, you’ll see why it is the way it is. It’s an easy read, too. There were some some parts that are still questionable. And, hopefully, those questions get answered later in the series.

The next book is called Middle Ground and it's already released, ever since November 20th, 2012. And the 3rd book is supposed to be released next year (2014).

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      Gabriela 22 months ago from USA

      Thank you for your comment! :)

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      Tolovaj 4 years ago

      I think more and more books will focus on alienation coming with technological advances in our society. What I found particularly interesting in your review is a plan about publishing whole series of books despite the fact you (and probably other readers) have a bit mixed feelings about the first one. Thank you!