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3.94  ·  Rating details ·  148 ratings  ·  68 reviews
A thrilling, futuristic sci-fi novel set in a unique and thought-provoking world, from author Shannon Duffy.

Desiree Six (because she was born on a Friday) believes in everything the Protectorate stands for. She likes the safety and security of having her entire life planned out—her career, her mate, even the date of her death. She doesn't even think to question when Darian
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published April 7th 2015 by Entangled Publishing
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Apr 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 - "Destiny waits." Stars!

It is inevitable, that there will be comparisons between Awakening and other popular dystopian series such as the Divergent and Hunger Games books. I would be lying if I didn’t say there are massive similarities between this book and those series. But, and it is a big but, as let’s face it who wants to read a rewrite of books they have already read before, for all the similarities, the author has managed to inject enough originality to the rest of the book as well as
**I received this book for free from Entangled:Teen in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!! This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

*Genre* Young Adult, Dystopian
*Rating* 3.5

*My Thoughts*

Awakening is a young adult dystopian novel set 38 years into the future. Duffy tells her story using first person narrative. Awakening's protagonist and storyteller is 16-year old Desiree Six Haven who by all indications, is a lemming who blindly follows the Protectorate's r
A finished copy was provided by the publisher for review.

Desiree 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 wer
Brenda Drake
Jan 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was so lucky to read this while Shannon was writing it. The story is gripping and will keep you turning the pages. I can't wait to read Desiree's and Darien's story again! ...more
Rachel Harris
Feb 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Honored to have read this while Shannon was writing it. Fell hard and fast for Darian, and was completely swept away by the vivid, imaginative world Shannon created. Loved it!!
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Although on one hand I'm really glad there are a lot of Dystopian novels these days, because I really like to read them, on the other hand this makes it extremely difficult to read an original Dystopian novel. However, the blurb promised 'a unique and thought-provoking world'. How could I not be interested in reading this?

Desiree Six (I'll come back to that) Haven has lived her life so far in the safe hand of the Protectorate, who decid
Teresa Mary Rose
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When I was offered this book for review, I jumped on it. I have been reading so much contemporary lately that I just needed something outside of that and Awakening sounded like just the right book. I needed something that was different from what I had been reading and Awakening delivered just that.

Dystopians can be very hit or miss with me, but I found myself enjoying Awakening. Desiree as a character was likable and she is a good perspective to re
Apr 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I read a lot of dystopian novels and a lot of them even though they are well written follow the same basic plot, was Awakening any different?

Yes and No, let's start with the No, it is a young adult dystopian and forbidden romance is a major part of the plot, there is a manipulative governing body trying to keep the populace in check and there are rebels trying to stop the government carry out their evil schemes.

However moving on to the Yes, there is a lot that is different, the world has been in
Apr 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Awakening really took me by surprise. It started out like every other YA Dystopian. But then I realized, at this point, it’s almost impossible to come up with an original Dystopian plot line, so I let it go and just tried to enjoy the book. Boy, was I wrong! While some parts were definitely cliche, the overall plot of Awakening was epic. It took awhile for the story and characters to grow on me, but once they did, I was hooked!

There wasn’t really anything special about Desiree, especially in the
I received an eARC of Awakening in exchange with my honest review during the Awakening Blog Tour hosted by YA Blog tours.

Shannon Duffy mixes several popular aspects from the YA culture, and adds her own touch of individuality when she speculates the concepts of sleep,dreams,and nightmares to come with such an entertaining novel to read.

In a world where the protectorate use Fate to decide everything for you, from how many years you live to who you marry ,the so called Utopian world becomes Dystop
Vi (like the letter)
Mar 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars, e-arcs
Awakening was exactly the kind of dystopian book that I can get into. It’s not too heavy on the frivolous details or info dumps, but filled with engaging characters and action scenes to keep the story flowing quickly and smoothly. Sure, I had some questions about the society as a whole and how it came to be, but I fully expect that to be answered as the series progresses. As a first book in a series, I think Duffy did a great job at giving readers a glimpse of this world, the meanies who run it, ...more
Mar 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
It's been awhile since I've read and enjoyed a YA dytopica as much as I did this one. Contemporary has taken over my TBR list lately and I've been craving something different. This landed in my inbox from Entangled Teen and I thought, why not. So glad I decided to read it.

This world that Desiree (Rae) lives in is our world. It's been manipulated by people who claim to want to keep us safe. They are protecting us from our nightmares. With the invention of the dreamscape, people are regularly bra
Sandra "Jeanz"
Feb 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopian
I have actually read another book by this author and loved it so I have high expectations for this book. I do like the level of description and writing style of this author. Then the blurb certainly piques my interest.

I received a free ecopy of this book from the publishers Entangled Teen in exchange for my honest review. The cover is quite attention grabbing due to the bright orange colour used on it. There are two figures holding hands, they are silhouetted against a b
Apr 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
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I loved Awakening. It's a young adult dystopian. I don't read too many dystopians anymore, and I am pretty picky when it comes to choosing which ones to read. I heard that Darian was going to be a swoon worthy guy, and I liked the technology aspect of Awakening, so I decided to give it a try. And I am very glad that I did. This was a dystopian that worked really well for me. I loved the romance in it and I thought th
Zoey Talbon
Mar 30, 2015 rated it it was ok
I usually loved Entangled Teen titles. They're easy, fast-paced and exciting with plenty of romance with funny characters you can't help but root for. Unfortunately, Awakening and I just weren't meant to be.

Awakening certainly lives up to the "fast-paced" title - and takes it light years ahead. This speed leaves behind a very noncohesive feel to the novel, where events simply don't connect together because the author didn't take the time to explore the mysteries of the world and the actions her
Sierra the Nerdgirl
I received an unsolicited ARC of Awakening from Entangled Teen. Going into the book, I knew little about it except it was a dystopian novel and there was a thing called The Terrorscape. Once I started reading the book, I got absorbed by the world Shannon Duffy created.

The concept behind this dystopian is very interesting. Basically in this new world, the leaders believe the root to the old world's problem, known as the Maniac Age, was happiness due to the instability of the future, jobs, love,
Apr 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
***I received a free e-copy of this book from the publishers of Entangled Teen in exchange for my honest review. Originally posted at***

So you have the hot bad boy and the goody good girl but the girl is matched with another guy and then there's a corrupted government. Sound familiar? Yeah, I thought so too. I must admit that I worried when I read the synopsis because the premise reminded me of another story but I decided to give it a try anyway (what's that saying: "Ai
Sasha Hibbs
Apr 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
* ARC sent by publisher in exchange for an honest review *

I snatch up every Entangled Teen book that comes my way, but I knew when the publisher reached out personally and sent this ARC my way, it was going to be good, real good.

This is the first Shannon Duffy novel I've read and what a thrilling read. There was no disappointment here.

The Dystopian world the author created was unique, dark, suspenseful and had me on the edge of my seat, staying up late into the night needing to know what happe
Nichole Elizabeth
3.5 Stars

“This was Darian One Sterling. A murderer. And my childhood friend.”

So I know I should not make this connection at all because they are two completely different books, but this book started out with a very Matched feeling to me. And I really disliked that book, however, the writing in this book was much better. I really enjoyed the way the world was laid out and the story that was being told. Desiree conflicting feelings were wonderfully explored.

My big issue with this book was the
May 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
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YA Dystopian, Awakening brings a world where everyone is required to use a dreaming machine (called Dreamscape) to sleep. Now, many of us take sleep for granted. Many of us don't have insomnias, parasomnias, hypersomnias, and everything in between. But I find Duffy's approach greatly interesting. I'd seen hunger, water, and shelter being toyed with by Dystopian governments, but this is the first time I'd seen sleep manipulated on a wide scale.

Desiree Six is a perfect citizen of the Protect
Eileen (BookCatPin)
Apr 23, 2015 rated it liked it
The story in Awakening had both unique and familiar elements to dystopian novels. I found myself really enjoying the world but at the same time feeling conflicted with the story. It was predictable. My mind kept wandering off in directions the story could have taken to make it different and stand out more.

All her life, Desiree has always followed the rules set out by the governing body known as The Protectorate. Their motto has always been in keeping its people safe and worry-free so she's never
Apr 04, 2015 rated it it was ok
I think with so many dystopian books out there, specially when some of them have become really well known, it's hard to find a book that really stands for itself and that doesn't have the reader dwelling in comparing them.

Awakening certainly has an interesting promise as you can read on the blurb, there were things I like but I think my biggest problem was that I couldn't connect with the characters, but since that's on a personal level, I'm sure for other people it will be different and they'd
Apr 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Review: 4 out of 5 stars

Awakening was kindly provided to me by Entangled Teen in exchange for my honest review.

Our MC is Desiree Six – The six being the sixth day of the week and the number that determines the age when someone will die. She has always believed in the Protectorate and the laws that had been made but she begins to question them when her loyal, childhood friend Darian One is charged with the murder – a crime punishable by life in the Terrorscape, he escapes jail and tries to convin
Mar 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received an advance copy of this book from Entangled after entering a contest.

This is the first book I have read by Shannon Duffy, something I plan to remedy in the future now that I have read Awakening. From the first page the story of Desiree Six, her family and life pulls you in with the news that her childhood friend, Darian One has escaped from the Terrorscape - the prison where the citizens of Tower are taken once they become criminals, or noncompliant. Desiree's world is one of complia
This is supposedly aimed at teens but, although I left my teens more years ago than I care to remember, I was totally enthralled by this novel - and the ending has me hoping to read the sequel asap! In this dystopian world everyone has an implant which helps ensure they all have a lovely night’s sleep courtesy of the Protectorate and their dreamscape . . . . but is that all it is for? The Protectorate even choose everyone’s life partner, their jobs and control all aspect of people’s lives to ful ...more
K.M. Robinson
Mar 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I adored Awakening! I was fortunate enough to receive an ARC ebook of Awakening and I finished it in a day. I couldn't put it down and now I'm dying for the sequel. Shannon Duffy's world of Tower is brought to life through the eyes of Desiree, a rule-following daughter and friend who soon learns her world is not what it seems. Her childhood friend, Damian has recently escaped from the prison he was being held in for murdering his parents. When he shows up in her room one night, everything change ...more
Mar 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.

What if your life was already completely figured out for you, right down to when you'll actually die? Desiree Six Haven thought her life was perfect. The Protectorate decided what each child would be when they grew up and their education was geared towards that goal, he chose who they would marry, when they would die, and most of all their dreams. They were all unable to sleep unless they used the Dreamscape.

Desiree was fine
Mar 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Thank you so much Entangled Teen for sending me a finished copy of Awakening by Shannon Duffy for review. This in no way effects my opinion or changes my review.

Desiree lives in a society of structure and order. No longer do nightmares or crime of any kind plague their world. Once they reach a certain age they are introduced to who their bound partner will be through the dreamscape every night for a year. She has been dreaming of this day until she realizes the boy she has been bound to is the b
Katrina Marie
Apr 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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 I finished this book within 24 hours.  I didn't want to put it down.  Duffy drew me into this world from page 1. 
Desiree is a great character.  She may seem complacent, but she begins questioning everything.  She doesn't know what to believe, and whom she should trust.  Darian is totally swoonworthy, but also a strong character.  He does everything in his power to tell Desiree the truth but also keep her safe.  This is definitely a hard task at times. 
This world is one
Kimber Wheaton
Apr 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review

Awakening was a fast-paced, intriguing story about a supposedly utopian society that really wasn't as wonderful as advertised. I loved the Dreamscape/Terrorscape aspect of the plot. The Terrorscape sounded truly terrifying!

Darien was a great character. After what he endured at the hands of this perfect society, it was amazing he wasn't completely damaged beyond repair. In fact I really liked all of the characters. I was prepare
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“Darian murdered them in cold blood. That’s a crime punishable with life in the Terrorscape, where you experience the worst nightmares imaginable.” 3 likes
“Without the Dreamscape, we can’t sleep.
My parents remind me all the time about stories their parents told them, of how things were in the Manic Age. The time before our bodies were upgraded to sync with the amazing invention called the Dreamscape. Thirty-eight years ago, people actually had to fall asleep on their own and, sometimes, they would toss and turn for hours. My grandparents said when sleep, in its mercy, did come, it often brought with it horrible images I’ve heard people used to call nightmares.”
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