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ISBN13: 9780547371481
ISBN10: 0547371489
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In the year 2060, everything is done digitally. Kids no longer go to schools. They stay home and take classes online. Adults work from home, too. Even dating is no longer done in person. Why walk on a real beach when you can stroll down a digitally remastered one instead? No bad weather, no seagulls, nothing real to ruin a perfectly fine time.
 
Though she's grown up in this digital world, something about being cut off from everyone doesn't sit right with seventeen-year-old Madeline. Her favorite activity--the only one she does off line--is soccer. She likes the physicality of it and the comradery with the other girls.
 
Then she meets Justin. He, too, prefers life off line. It's all he talks about. He even takes her out to a real coffee shop and an underground club. Maybe it's his attentiveness, or the physical closeness of actually being with someone, or just that he's very good looking, Madie is definitely drawn to him. But there's also something very aloof about him, like perhaps he's hiding something.
 
When Madie uncovers the truth, she's faced with the question: What's more important, fighting for what you believe in or love?

Synopsis:

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.

About the Author

Katie Kacvinsky worked in the entertainment industry and as a high school English teacher before deciding to write full time. She currently lives in Corvallis, Oregon.

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moiraethefatesbookreview, May 8, 2011 (view all comments by moiraethefatesbookreview)
Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky
Reviewed by Moirae the fates book reviews.

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. (Synopsis provided by goodread.com)
I want to fist begin by saying that this is a debut novel. I enjoy reading debut novels. This book is very “Big Brother”. I like the idea of dystopian novels, the YA market is flooded with these types of novels right now and I think that is great.
The writing was great. Kacvinsky wove a beautiful story with elegant wording. There were moments when this book sounded preachy to me. Mainly with the main characters love interest Justin. I had a hard time rooting for him and wanting him to succeed. I didn’t want Maddie to like him. I didn’t think that the relationship felt real. It almost felt forced. That could be my own bias against Justin coming out, I don’t know. I felt that we were told repeatedly about Justin’s views on computers to the point of over-kill.
Aside from my complaints about Justin, the book was good. I enjoyed reading it and I enjoyed the story line. I would like to see what happens next in this book and this is an author I will be looking for more titles from in the future.
Over all rating:
***3 out of 5 stars
Cover Art:
The cover art is simple and I really liked it.
Obtained:
I obtained an ARC from the publisher via Netgalley. Thank you!

This book will be released May 23 2011
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780547371481
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH)
Subject:
General Juvenile Fiction
Author:
Kacvinsky, Katie
Subject:
Family - General
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Love & Romance
Subject:
Science fiction
Subject:
Government, resistance to
Subject:
Action & Adventure - General
Subject:
Social Issues - Dating & Sex
Subject:
General-General
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20110531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 12

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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.
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