The Violet Hour: May 29, 2011

Monday, May 30, 2011

Review – Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky

Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky

Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: May 23rd 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children (first published April 26th 2011)
ISBN 0547371489 (ISBN13: 9780547371481)
Primary language English
Original title Awaken
Purchase from Amazon
Source – Around the World ARC Tours

GoodReads: "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." 

Within the first few pages of Awaken, I felt very uncomfortable at how much our world resembles Maddie's. Things like people hiding behind screens and online profiles and all kinds, and how attached/dependent we are to/on our cell phones and laptops.

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