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Awakening

(Dead Forever #1)

3.14  ·  Rating details ·  113 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Imagine a world where death is merely an inconvenience. A new body awaits and we resume living, fully aware of the past, but at a price -- eternal life as slaves to masters who forbid individuality. For rebels who refuse to conform, the final solution is perpetual amnesia, removing all knowledge of past lives. One victim of the memory-wipe struggles to decipher his dreams ...more
Kindle Edition, 269 pages
Published January 14th 2010 by Glyd-Evans Press (first published January 1st 2010)
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Kevis Hendrickson
Aug 03, 2011 rated it it was ok
This book frustrated me to no end. It had the potential to be a really good read. The concept is intriguing and the writing solid. When it's dealing with the core subject matter of the war against the Association, it's enjoyable. Unfortunately, 2/3 of this book is wasted wandering in and out of stream of consciousness dreams and describing ad nauseum the protagonist's tiresome escapades into meaningless activities like club-hopping, drinking beers at the beach, grooming, shopping for clothes, et ...more
Peter
Feb 22, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Dead Forever: Awakening (Book 1 of a trilogy) by William Campbell brings us into a world of human beings who have cultivated reincarnation into a procedure conceptually as simple as an appendix removal. You die and you get a brand new adult body, complete with all the emotional and experiential memories you possessed at death for an eternity of cycles. Sounds pretty good. Sign me up for bungee jumping, parachuting, etc.

But not so fast. In this world, your replenished self faces a life of monoto
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Grace Krispy
Nov 07, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Strange dreams of fire and loss, visions of familiar specters appearing from nowhere, blinding headaches that come to cover confusing bits of memory... This is Carl's reality, as he plugs forward in his bland, monotonous life. Until now. With an unexpected event, his life is turned upside down. He's not who he thought he was, and his current life is nothing more than a farce created by a society determined to erase all individuality. As Carl struggles to figure out what is going on, he begins to ...more
Charline Ratcliff
Apr 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I came across a book title that immediately caught my eye: “Dead Forever: Awakening.” Interesting... This of course prompted me to visit Amazon’s website in order to find out a little more about the book. The words “Imagine a world where death is merely an inconvenience” jumped off the proverbial page at me and I found myself immediately intrigued by the concept. Who wouldn't want to live forever? Even if “living forever” ultimately meant living a full life, experiencing a real death and then fi ...more
Mel B.
Sep 23, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It is relatively rare that I stop reading a book. I usually persist out of sheer obstinateness. I couldn't be bothered here.[return][return]It took way too long to begin to figure out what was happening with the protagonist -- it was beginning to be evident that people were reincarnated... [return][return]I got maybe a quarter of the way through and gave up. Too much thriller, too much coyness in drawing out the awakening, I suppose. Maybe I was expecting more sci-fi. Maybe I just hadn't gotten ...more
Kristen N.
Jun 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Awakening is the first book in William Campbell's Dead Forever series. The book is written in first-person, present tense, which may take some readers a bit of adjustment. William Campbell, has an easy to follow writing style. Each character in Awakening has a unique personality and Campbell does a great job of bringing them to life, his words flow well. William Campbell is very descriptive in his telling of Awakening, but not so much as to make it boring. There were times when Awakening would t ...more
Wendy
Oct 25, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good setup for a series - posing some typical themes (Heaven and Hell, Does God Exist, Reincarnation) with a Matrix-like feel at times. While parts are certainly borrowed from other works (what isn't anymore anyway), the author does have his own unique twist. I'm looking forward to book #2 to see where it is going. Hopefully won't be a disappointment.

Good action, some characters definitely more complete than others. Decent writing.
Zaanodes
Jul 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned-kindle
One of the few unknown-author Kindle freebies that I like. Don't be fooled by the low rating. I admit it is not everyone's 'cup of tea'. If you like metaphysical/beyond the mind/mind over matter...well...Even in my 'total escapism' mood, this book is resonating.

Think The Celestine Prophecy in space.
...more
Gary O'Brien
Feb 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anybody and Everybody
The first book in the Dead Forever series.

This is a great story. The plot is unique and the story is well written.

It seems strange for people on another planet, and presumably in the future, to have a society that is so much like part of our planet (Earth).

That said, it held my attention and was very interesting.

I recommend this book to everyone.
Teresa
Jun 08, 2010 rated it it was ok
Perpetual reincarnation with the ability to recall all your past lives is what led me to read this free science fiction story for the Kindle. However with the awkward, clunky writing, underdeveloped characters, and The Matrix wannabe sub-characters, it was not an enjoyable read. I won't be picking up the sequel due out this summer.
Jolie
Jun 20, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the book but (and itsn't there always a but) I felt that it started in the middle of a story. A prequel would have been nice or even a hint about Carl/Adam and his friends would have been nice.
Greg
Jun 19, 2011 rated it liked it
This was a different and interesting book. It was a little hard for me to get started and I'm not sure I really "liked" it, but the plot was very unique and in the end the story held my interest throughout.
Clayton
Mar 13, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I would peg this one at about a 2.5. The story really moved along but I am inclined to toward only two stars because the tone of the book was far too cartoonish and non-serious for me to like it very much, or be the least bit interested in the sequel.
Melissa
Jun 30, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
read first three chapters and could not get into it. maybe it just wasnt my type of book.
Dana
Apr 09, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindled, read-in-2012
Interesting concept, but the story was not engaging enough to want to read the other 2 books in the trilogy. It read more like a rough draft than a finished story
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