Watched Rowling's commencement speech and also flipped through this at the store. She is truly inspirational, witty, kind and generous. Her speech madWatched Rowling's commencement speech and also flipped through this at the store. She is truly inspirational, witty, kind and generous. Her speech made me cry for a while. What a wonderful gift her words bring. Love love loved it <3...more
Desiree Six lives in a society where the government dictates everything and anything their citizens do. She doesn't question anything because she doesDesiree Six lives in a society where the government dictates everything and anything their citizens do. She doesn't question anything because she doesn't know any better, until her old childhood friend Darian escapes jail and gives her proof that they are the enemy. Which will she choose? Her normal steady life or the one where she realizes the truth?
Awakening combines two of my favourite genres, dystopian and science fiction. And they were both met happily. I pretty much devoured this whole heartedly because I just wanted to know which side Desiree would choose. The progress isn't slow by any means, so I was constantly on the edge. I love when books are revealed slowly, but at the same time the plot is being investigated, questions are being answered, and characters change for the better. We get all of this in Awakening. The only thing I wasn't a fan of was the romance because at times I thought it was a bit too cheesy for my taste, but maybe it's just me being an adult reading a teen book. I know I would have loved it when I was younger though. Desiree is naive, compliant and innocent. Darian is cocky, aggressive and very protective. Combined they're a perfect match and even though there are many roadblocks, they worked out so well together. I wasn't a big fan of the mean girl Mallory, and I really liked Desiree's parents but I wanted to know more about them. The ending was pretty open but the story felt like it was still finished and I definitely got some closure.
A must-read for any dystopian fan at heart!
The Proctectorate chooses for us so that we don't have to worry about making mistakes. (11)
Remember, dream big or go home. (22)
I was never that girl—never one to cause trouble—and here I am now—my life consisting of nothing but trouble. (194)
It's always the unknown that's the scariest, but facing a nightmare seems like the only real solution. (195) ...more
Anna is a housewife, an American who married a Swiss man. Together they have three lovely children. Anna's days are spent wandering the streets of herAnna is a housewife, an American who married a Swiss man. Together they have three lovely children. Anna's days are spent wandering the streets of her town and having affairs with various men. Told in dual past and present views, we see one woman's journey into a marriage that will make or break her.
My new goal this year was to read more adult and this one just sounded like an interesting read. I'm not one for reading a literary book, but this one proved to be more heart wrenching than anything else. I wish I was warned as to how dark this was going to be.. I was not prepared for the things that Anna goes through.
Anna is one complex character. We see bits and pieces of her being slowly discovered. Her mental health is definitely unstable and the more I read, the more depressed I became. What I didn't understand really was the reasoning behind everything because she never took responsibility for any of her actions. Such terrible things she would do, I was astounded. I could understand, but at the same time I couldn't agree with her. This was one character you aren't able to relate to, but at the same time you felt every emotion she was experiencing.
The writing is excellent and shows a lot of prose, but it felt more like it was telling instead of showing a story. And the story was too predictable for me. At one point, I wanted to just stop reading, but I pushed on anyway and kept going. Closer to the end, things start to happen and I can't say I was too happy with it. I loved the setting because Switzerland sounds like a wonderful place to live. I liked reading about the places she would go and even learning some of the German words sprinkled throughout the book.
Read this for its beautiful prose, but I would like to warn you that this is a darker read and it won't be for everyone. I felt a lot of sadness throughout the entire read and I needed a happier book to read next.
A secret's safest hiding place is in the open. (90)
Where you were is never as relevant as where you are. (181)
I like it when I get to see a side of you you're trying to hide. (191)
What good is a useful object if it can't be used? (191)
It's a travesty when a woman wastes herself. (197)
Without God, what matters? (208)
The mistakes a person makes tell you everything you need to know. (217)
Where your family is. That's home. (260)
The strong ones stand out. The weak ones are all the same. (298)
Our lives are cause and effect. Even the smallest choices matter. (307) ...more