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Those That Wake by Jesse Karp
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Sep 22, 11

bookshelves: sf, ya, library, ebooks
Read from September 19 to 22, 2011

In a distopian future New York, living in the aftermath of a disaster that eclipsed 9/11, four people have run into... they're not sure what.

Mal's brother Tommy has vanished after leaving a panicked message that he's in trouble.

After a really bad morning, Laura discovers that her parents, and everyone else, has forgotten her.

Mike is a teacher without hope who finds a strange door in the basement of the school.

Remak is an agent of a mysterious organization that tracks bizarre trends, trying to figure out why there's been an upsurge of violent and self-destructive behaviour among people in a certain area, even just passing through.

Coming together, they need to figure out what is behind this, and why is there a building in the middle of the city that no one seems to notice.

The story had a lot of potential, but I'm not entirely sure that it lived up to it. The concept of what is going on was not very believable, and the climax was a little simplistic, although the final section implies that maybe it was all for nought. And while Mal and Laura were well-rounded characters, Remak is a paper cut-out, and I never really got a handle of why Mike behaved the way he did, or why he acted the way he did at the end.

Still, it was an iteresting read, and it leaves things open for a possible sequel. If so, I would probably end up reading it. But it does stand well on its own.
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