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
I only found about this classic from "The Gilmore Girls" TV show because Rory was reading it and I was curious enough to Google it. I'm glad I did becI only found about this classic from "The Gilmore Girls" TV show because Rory was reading it and I was curious enough to Google it. I'm glad I did because I probably wouldn't have picked it up then.
A coming of age story about a woman who sheds the usual expectations of womanhood. She rejects having to marry and turns to her ambitious career. That is until she descends rapidly into severe depression. Her struggles are thought-provoking and intense. I loved that Esther felt out of place. Where one feels like they can't fit in, they always think there is something wrong with themselves. I couldn't help but relate to Esther in this way. I also love how she is independent and rejects men who seem like they're virgins and are good on paper when in truth they're not.
I would have loved to read this in high school but I'm glad I didn't get to miss out on this classic. ...more