Saturday, April 18, 2015

Awakening By Shannon Duffy Review

Title: Awakening

Author: Shannon Duffy

Genre: Science Fiction/ Dystopian

Age Group: Young Adult

My Rating: 4 / 5

Goodreads Summary:

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, her childhood friend and neighbor, is convicted of murdering his parents. They had seemed like such a loving family. But if he was convicted, then he must have done it.

Then Darian shows up in her room late one night. He has escaped from the Terrorscape—a nightmare machine used to punish all Noncompliants—and needs Desiree's help. What he tells her rocks her world to its core and makes her doubt everything she's ever been told. With this new information, will D

My Thoughts:
***An ARC of this book was provided from YA Bound Book Tours in exchange for my honest review.***
Awakening was a pretty interesting book with a very unique and creative plot.  It hooked me in from the moment I started reading.  The nice blend of mystery, thriller, and romance, really made this book very enjoyable.  Plus the main plot which revolved around dreams and the government controlling them as well as your sleep was very creative and unique.  I loved the overall storyline, pacing, and the writing.

Aside from the entire story, it was fun reading about Desiree, and watching her grow.  I loved seeing how she went from the girl that believed in the Protectorate, to the one who actually questioned things about them and if what they were doing were actually right or not.  Of course, a main reason for that is Darian.  He was the sweet, caring, humorous, and strong rebel.  Despite going through terrifying ordeals, he was very strong and never gave up.  I enjoyed reading about his and Desiree's relationship.  It was nicely developed from them being friends to eventually becoming a couple.  The romance aspect of this story was light, but at the same time it was also very sweet and heartwarming.  My favorite part about this book though, is probably the whole conflict surrounding the government and how it not only controls everyone's lives, but also their dreams, and sleep.

Overall, this was a great story.  It had the perfect balance of mystery, thriller, action, and romance to keep me hooked until the end.  Plus, it's not like any other science fiction novels I have read.  This is definitely one unique book, and if you are into science fiction and dystopian reads, I recommend checking this book out!

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