Those That Wake

Those That Wake

eBook - 2011
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"This dystopian mind bender is quite complex, and the steadily building plot takes several mysterious twists. The book begins in a very realistic manner, introducing the teen protagonists as well-developed and likeable characters while systematically adding layers and new characters to their story. As the book nears its conclusion, that sense of reality shifts considerably and sometimes throws the reader off kilter. The story is quick moving and full of action, both physical and intellectual. While reluctant or struggling readers may find this book difficult to follow, it is highly recommended for teen and adult readers who are willing to take on a challenging read for the payoff of a well-written, intricately plotted story." -- VOYA "This first novel is an ambitious, cautionary -- and even paranoiac -- story of the soul-destroying power of a consumer society run amok and the near-cosmic forces it unleashes. It's a fascinating premise, and though the page-turning action slows a bit in the second half to explore some of the more abstruse causes behind the mind-bending effects, that doesn't detract from the great many intriguing, original, and thought provoking ideas at play here.." -- Booklist
New York City's spirit has been crushed. People walk the streets with their heads down, withdrawing from one another and into the cold comfort of technology. Teenagers Mal and Laura have grown up in this reality. They've never met. Seemingly, they never will. But on the same day Mal learns his brother has disappeared, Laura discovers her parents have forgotten her. Both begin a search for their families that leads them to the same truth: someone or something has wiped the teens from the memories of every person they have ever known. Thrown together, Mal and Laura must find common ground as they attempt to reclaim their pasts.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011
ISBN: 9780547550794
0547550790
Characteristics: data file
1 online resource (336 pages)
Call Number: eBook

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katiebug92
Aug 06, 2016

This book sounded interesting on the flap, it started out really slow, the middle was good and the ending was a bit confusing....

readingfreak9 Jul 02, 2012

This was just a random book I picked up and almost put down after the first few chapters, but it did get better. It was full of intresting and complicated concepts to a breaking point, and that is basically what happened.
Everything comes raining down in mass confusion at the end of the book. So many concepts and ideas are going around by the end that, while some of the problems come to thought-provoking conculsions, others leave you wanting to scream at the author for leaving you so lost. If you look very hard at the overlapping storylines of the last few chapters, some conculsions can be drawn. But not quite enough for me to be pleased with the book. If you are really into psycologically intense books I suggest you take a crack at it especially since there are some aspects of true psycology study within the book, but if not, you should probably stay away.

Exo Nov 20, 2011

Disappointing, I expected much more. It felt like the author just fizzled out. I would not recommend this book to anyone, other than as an example of how not to write a book, or how to make a plot so confusing that your readers just give up on understanding it.
I did however complete this, so it wasn't the worst book ever. But it came pretty close.

starlet587 Oct 03, 2011

This book is trash! I only gave it 2 stars instead of 1 because it wasn't so bad that i stopped reading. The ending was unresolved of the main conflict and plot, I found myself just getting through this book. It was like watching a bad movie.

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ceilidhfoster
Aug 18, 2011

this book made me emotional. lol , i loved it.

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White_Crocodile_4
Jun 06, 2011

When I read the front flap of the book, i was excited to be reading such an interesting book. Unfortunately I was disappointed. The book was confusing, the plot uninteresting, and frankly this is one of the worst books I have read this year.

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