Review: When We Wake By Karen Healey.

when we wake

Release date: January 27th 2013.
Publisher: Allen and Unwin.
Source: Purchased.

Synopsis from Goodreads:

The last thing Tegan remembers is the crack as the gun went off, intense pain, and everything fading to black. One hundred years later, she wakes up. A fast-paced near-future romance.

Sixteen-year-old Tegan is just like every other girl living in 2027 – she’s happiest when playing the guitar, she’s falling in love for the first time, and she’s joining her friends to protest the wrongs of the world: environmental collapse, social discrimination, and political injustice.

But on what should have been the best day of Tegan’s life, she dies – and wakes up a hundred years in the future, locked in a government facility with no idea what happened.

Tegan is the first person to be cryonically frozen and successfully revived, which makes her an instant celebrity – though all she wants is to rebuild some semblance of a normal life …
including spending as much time as possible with musically gifted Abdi, even if he does seem to hate the sight of her. But the future isn’t all she hoped it would be, and when appalling secrets come to light, Tegan must make a choice: Does she keep her head down and survive, or fight for a better future.

Award-winning author Karen Healey has created a gripping tale of an inspiring heroine living in a not-so-distant future that could easily be our own.

My Thoughts:

5 out of 5.

This books was unbelievable. So amazing. I loved it as much as I loved the Hunger Games or The Interrogation Of Ashala Wolf.

When We Wake is set in a futuristic Australia, and it was so realistic it chilled me to the bone. Seriously, how do people in the US read dystopian books without freaking out? This book freaked me out. I don’t usually like being freaked out but this book was so amazing I couldn’t help love it none the less.

One of the many things I loved about When We Wake is that you also got to see what was happening in other parts of the world, something you don’t usually get to see in other dystopian books. (We didn’t really get to see what was happening in America, maybe it closed itself off because it was filming children murdering each other?)

So Tegan has been asleep for one hundred years and been revived. She’s finding it hard to adjust and accept that everyone she knew before is dead. The government wants her to stay in their facility where she is safe and they can perform their tests. Tegan just wants to live again and convinces them to let her out of the facility and back into a real school.

The world is very different from the one she left behind. Australia has limited resources which resulted in a no migrant policy and has closed it’s borders. At first Tegan doesn’t think the future is too bad, but the government is hiding a huge secret. Together with her new friends, she uncovers this shocking secret, changing how she sees this new world. Now she must risk everything to expose the truth.

Tegan finds an unlikely ally in Abdi, a fellow student who is one of the rare migrants allowed into the country on a Talented Alien Visa. As they work together to bring the truth to the world, an attraction forms between them. Abdi was an outstanding character and I loved him, and I loved the romance between him and Tegan.

When We Wake was a heart-pumping sci-fi thriller with a sweet romance to top it off. I was pulled in quickly and held captivated until the last page. I’m so glad I had the sequel to jump straight into. I loved it and highly recommend it to all dystopian lovers.

You can add it to your Goodreads HERE.


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