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Middle Ground (Awaken #2)

4.19  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,839 Ratings  ·  351 Reviews
For four weeks Maddie has been living in Los Angeles, trying to be good. But no matter how hard she tries, something inside her won't be sated. She can't live a life of half-truths and false pretenses. So one night, she says how she really feels.

That's all it takes. One night. One bad decision, and Maddie is thrown into a detention center where she's forced to undergo secr
Hardcover, 321 pages
Published November 20th 2012 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (first published January 1st 2012)
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Letting go is easy. Anyone can do that. Love is fighting for someone to stay. That's what takes work.

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Mar 30, 2013 Megan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya The best and worst thing about this series is that it doesn't seem far-fetched. I don't generally get into futuristic stuff but this is a world that, sadly, I can imagine becoming reality.

When Maddie is hauled off to a detention center, it's obviously not going to be a walk in the park. The truth behind the gates is actually quite terrifying. Jaw-droppingly scary. And once again, it's not difficult to imagine something like this happening which makes me so sad. Maddie's fight to kee
Chelsea Groves
Oct 21, 2013 Chelsea Groves rated it it was amazing
This was an exciting sequel to the first book "Awaken"! I couldn't put it down and once I was finished I wanted to read it over again! It's a wonderful story about the life of a young girl striving for the freedom to experience her life without being controlled by technology! It's a scary look into a possible realistic future and it leaves you contemplating your own life and how you are really "living" it! Fantastic read! Cannot wait for the next book!
Leesya Nazman
Oct 08, 2015 Leesya Nazman rated it it was amazing
4.6 stars

I have mixed feelings toward this book. It was very good, and I enjoyed it...
But I feel like it was lacking of emotions? Or it's just me? Like probably I was in bad mood during these days or something. I felt empty, and nothing, to be honest.

Why did I rate it pretty high?
Katie's writing/quotes are so beautiful and inspiring honestly. Or shall I say, Justin Solvi's quotes? Or Maddie's lil diary? The quotes in this book are beyond beautiful and very meaningful. This story has taught me a
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Wendy Hines
Oct 20, 2012 Wendy Hines rated it it was amazing
In this anticipated sequel to Awaken, Middle Ground picks up with Maddie living with her brother in Los Angeles. The year is 2060. She's supposed to be in a detention facility, but her father has used his powers to do some fancy paperwork to make it look like she is. While Maddie is happy in LA, she misses her boyfriend Justin, who is working at intercepting other kids on their way to the detention facilities and inviting them to join their cause. It's their biggest goal to get rid of DS, digita ...more
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INTEREST IN BOOK: If you’ve been paying attention, you know that Awaken was a book that spoke loudly to me. I was very wrapped up in the possibility of the scenario. I was also very affected by experiencing Maddie’s awakening, when Justin assists her in “unplugging.” It was beautiful to watch her reconnecting with her senses and experiencing emotions she never knew existed. Being that I’m a social worker, I understand how very important socialization and social supp
s e n t i m e n t a l i t i e s olittlebear
I really feel like nothing happened to significantly further the storyline. She goes into the DC. She gets out. Books over. And so what they rescued one place. Now all the people in every other one can't even leave when their time is up. How are they celebrating? They seem no closer to ending DS. I liked Gabe but he didn't seem to join their fight on getting out. Or even hooking up with Claire. It was never solidly decided who the rat was. And poor Pat is just made such a creep throughout this b ...more
Anne Bücherwelt
Das Titelbild des zweiten Bandes ist wie der erste Band aufgebaut. Diesmal sind die Farben blau und weiß. In der Mitte ist das Gesicht von Maddie zu sehen. Trotzdem ist es ansprechend. Leider kann es nach einer Weile sehr eintönig wirken. Gesamt ist das Cover gut gelungen.

Meine Meinung:
Trotz spannenden ersten Band ist dies ein Level oben drüber. Ein wahrhafter, spannender, kleiner Thiller!

Die Handlung:
Die Geschichte beginnt erst sehr schleppend. Erst als Maddie in die Haftanstalt kommt, wi
OH MY GOD. She gets in a detention center?! THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT I FUCKING WANTED. Yes, yes yes yes yes motherfucking YES. Dammit, I hope I love this book. And I hope Justin is never in it, ahahahaha! Damn yes. Hell yes.

I think there was something else I was going to say but I read the summary and I forgot it.

I hope she writes more entries in her journal. LOTS of entries. <3333

Oh, I really love the title of this one. <333
Jan 23, 2014 Brandy rated it it was amazing
“I realized how hard it that must have been, how much hurt when you know the only way to help someone is to give him distance. So I let him go.”

Before I go into a rant (of sorts), I would like to start by announcing that I loved the book. I didn't want to put it down.

Okay, the ending of this book was extremely frustrating...a cliffhanger...I knew there was going to be a cliffhanger, which is why I attempted to read the book slow (as if the difference between one or two days would matter...I. THI
Sep 28, 2014 Kate rated it did not like it
I didn't really have expectations going into this book so I said I would give it a chance, but it did not prove worth it. On the contrary this book made me wish I hadn't wasted my time!

This will contain spoilers so bear with me.

So the book begins and Maddie is living with her brother and is using DS again and not really caring about what she was apparently disgusted with previous book. Well ok then. Then she goes to a club and decides to hate technology again cause you know she's consistent like
Charlene Pimentel
Mar 25, 2014 Charlene Pimentel rated it it was amazing
Okay let me start off by saying this book seemed so real to me. I can't help mentally responding to Pat's ignorance and closed-mindedness of Maddie's dad. Although they're not exactly on the same side, both of them can't fathom why Justin and Maddie won't give up.

"Life is what it is," he said.
"Life is what you make it." I argued.

I want to talk about each detail of this book. It's so perfect, it would be a pleasure to write it on 10 paged paper. Or maybe i just think too much i need that much of
Amara at Mine for the Reading
In less words: Feeling very much like Maddie during a scene in which she has to define herself in a 29-question questionnaire, I abhor the idea of trying to manipulate your interest in reading this book by using a mere paragraph. Blech. Because you must be manipulated, cajoled, tricked, beaten into reading MIDDLE GROUND by Katie Kacvinsky. It may have just bumped itself up to my number one slot on my list of favorite books of the year. My wariness toward this sequel was utterly unfounded, and, h ...more
Sep 05, 2013 Amy rated it really liked it
I was worried that this book wouldn't be as good as the first, but I actually think I liked it even more! I think the concept of this book is just brilliant, and I think a lot of people would probably benefit from reading this and realizing that, even now, we spend too much time on computers/phones/tablets/what have you. Not even that, but I really enjoyed at the end of the book when Maddie's father was talking about how life has always been miserable (even without technology taking over) becaus ...more
I finished this book in an hour and fifty minutes flat.
Maddie has now been sent to a correctional facility by her BROTHER, Joe,the ass (see update on my profile), where they try to break into her mind and restore her to being some kind of digital freak.

Seriously. Said book is eye-opening. Kacvinsky's writing style is something to be admired. It makes you actually believe in what she writes, which is not something very many authors can pull off.
Okay. So first, the book
Jun 07, 2013 Berna rated it it was amazing
I'm loving this saga!! The world in here is fascinating!

So, this book starts with Maddie in L.A., trying to stay out of trouble, until one night she can't help herself and shuts down an online club. That gets her into a detention center. We get to see what happen inside of them, and it's inhuman. They drugged them, implant nightmares and sensations such as fear, to isolate them, so then they would only want a virtual, secure life.
Justin and their friends, with the help of Gabe, (we could say he
Apr 06, 2013 Goddess rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Die Covergestaltung ist nicht wirklich aufwendig, einfach das selbe Cover vom ersten Teil, nur eben in blau statt rosa. Trotzdem gefällt es mir und es sieht im Bücherregal auch ziemlich schön aus.

Ich lasse den Inhalt mal als spoiler aus, da es ja ein zweiter Teil ist, also einfach draufklicken:
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Giselle (Book Nerd Canada)
There's something about Middle Ground's world and society that makes you want to question how we use technology in our every day lives. This is why I found this book so realistic. Maddie does seem to make rash decisions in this one and I couldn't help but shake my head when she did it. Even though the story continued on, I felt that the society and the plot that was in the first book, Awaken went on pause.

This might even be a filler book (as most second books are!), where the emphasis is on the
Apr 27, 2012 Apol rated it liked it
Won an ARC from her "get unplugged" contest.

I honestly have to say I was a bit disappointed with this one. Too much inner monologue and preaching, it got boring after a while. A lot of readers pointed out that this was one of Justin's flaws in Awaken (I didn't mind so much, because I really liked Awaken), so I would have thought the author already fixed her tendencies to over-ruminate.

Katie Kacvinsky really needs to understand more the writing concept of showing, not telling. On a more positiv
Apr 07, 2016 Sekya rated it it was amazing
This is one of the truest books ever written. It conveys the path that society is taking. That we are becoming so engrossed in our techy lives and the next fad, that we forget that the fundamental structure upon which humanity has thrived is human interaction. Socializing. Technology has its place but we are humans capable of awesomeness and wonders. This book series so beautifully grasps what we are heading towards unless we learn how do moderate out addiction to technology and life it builds. ...more
Sep 23, 2014 Jilly rated it liked it
Shelves: dystopia
I read the first book ages ago and finally got around to this one (I'm on a quest to read books that have been on my "to read" shelf forever). After all the wait..... meh...

The first book was much better. However, I do love the main character, with her spunky ways - she is fun to read. I especially loved the scene when they were in the nightclub and how she dressed her avatar in sweatpants and slippers. ;)

I also wish they had wrapped it up with this book because I'm not really interested in read
Frida - Photos and Books
Jan 23, 2013 Frida - Photos and Books rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2013
Jag hade på ett eller annat sätt räknat med att den här boken inte kunde vara lika bra som första, för den första blew my mind! Men ändå var Middle Ground häftig och underbar på sitt sätt. Den fick mig att rysa tusen gånger om och jag imponerad ändå att det blev så bra som det blev. Men den kan tyvärr inte slå första boken.

Det enda som är lite difust för mig är att jag har ingen aning om vad kommer att hända i nästa bok. Varför kan inte problemet få ligga lite i luften för att peppa upp en för
Mar 09, 2016 Melie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 19, 2015 Valarauco rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Selbst als Maddie bei ihrem Bruder in Los Angeles lebt, kämpft sie immer noch weiter. Nach dem Sie in einem Club negativ aufgefallen ist, flieht sie zusammen mit Justin vor der Polizei.

Bei ihrem Bruder wird Maddie später von Damon und seinem Sohn Paul abgeholt, um in ein Umerziehungscenter gebracht zu werden. Ihr Bruder Joe hat sie mehr oder weniger verraten.

Im Umerziehungscenter wird mehr als nur einmal versucht Maddies Geist zu brechen. Zusammen mit Gabe, einem jungen Mann, der im Center arbei
Cora Lein
May 19, 2014 Cora Lein rated it liked it
Nach “Der Rebellion der Maddie Freemann” geht der Widerstand gegen die Digital School in diesem Buch weiter. Maddie kann es einfach nicht lassen und stiftet auch in LA wieder Unruhe. Sie wird geschnappt und landet im Umerziehungscenter …

Leider ist Ausdruck sowie Logik immer noch zu oberflächlich und teilweise nur für Kinder geeignet. Wer beim Lesen denkt, wird sich schnell langweilen bzw. den Kopf schütteln. Dennoch ist die Geschichte interessant und zeigt wunderbar die Gefahr
Sep 07, 2015 Nicole rated it really liked it
Thankfully Middle Ground did not suffer from what I call the dreaded second book syndrome. While a bit slower then Awaken I was still unable to put down Middle Ground and I am eager to start Still Point the final book in the Awaken series.

Maddie continues to amaze me as she learns about a world unplugged. Having hidden behind digital screens for most of her life Maddie finds excitement and happiness in everything around her that is not digital. In that way she reminds me of a child but her attit
Apr 08, 2015 JustOneMoreChapter rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars for Katies second book in this dystopian series...

The Sequel toAwakenis another delightful instalment to the trilogy... Katie Kacvinsky's writing just gets better throughout the series,it's action packed and angst filled and a thrill to read... I couldn't get through it fast enough...

Maddie goes through one hell of a magic carpet ride when she gets sent to the Detention Centre (or D.C. as they refer to it) no thanks to her brother Joe... the storyline here is an original one for me and
May 10, 2016 Dee rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone & Everyone
Love Love Love this book! Like the first book in the series (Awaken), I was drawn towards this book wanting and savouring every second.
All the characters were growing up and Kate really made me witness it. I felt like I was there watching and listening to everything as it happened and that made me really connect!
Justin and Maddie were even better, both of them making sacrifices for each other; showing me again and again how realistic and angelic their love is. Reading about them gave me tingle
Mar 06, 2014 Queenielyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(Actual) Rating: 4 of 5 stars

The protagonist of Middle Ground is astonishingly compelling that I could literally visualize her views, actions and perception into something corporeal. Readers may have felt that enclosed space and mainly focus on the book in its beautifully well-written descriptive writing.

Trapped are the brainwashed people by the corrupted government and DS (digital school) centers, the human society did not have the ability to control with better options in order to achieve a re
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