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Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky
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Mar 01, 11

Read from November 14 to 19, 2010

When I first opened this book, I immediately liked the concept. A world of fake trees, computers everywhere, and books are rare. Yikes! Maddie has been paying for past consequences by being locked up in her house and constantly watched. In a world where everything is digital, going outside is uncommon and having social get-togethers are strange. But Justin gets her to hang out with him in the real world and tries to show her the beauty of living life outside a computer and your own home.

In the beginning I found the pacing a little slow and Justin a little too condescending. Maddie starts to fall for Justin but I felt like this chemistry was one sided. The second half of the book things started to pick up as Maddie has to make a choice of what kind of life she wants and whether she wants to be part of a rebellion to end the restrictions of a digital world. Justin also starts opening up and you can feel the affection building between the two. I enjoyed the risky and romantic parts of this story but at times it got a little tedious as the characters over-talked about the need for people to get unplugged and the perils of digital life. Either way, it was a thought-provoking book.
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