When We Wake
by Karen Healey
Series: When We Wake #1
Published: March 5th 2013
Publisher: Little Brown
ISBN: 031620076X (ISBN13: 9780316200769)
Source: Library book!
Reading Level: 15 and up
Shelf Award: Quick Read!
Rating: 3 Stars
Sixteen-year-old Tegan is just like every other girl living in 2027—she’s happiest when playing the guitar, she’s falling in love for the first time, and she’s joining her friends to protest the wrongs of the world: environmental collapse, social discrimination, and political injustice.
But on what should have been the best day of Tegan’s life, she dies—and wakes up a hundred years later, locked in a government facility with no idea what happened.
The future isn’t all she had hoped it would be, and when appalling secrets come to light, Tegan must make a choice: Does she keep her head down and survive, or fight for a better world?
Award-winning author Karen Healey has created a haunting, cautionary tale of an inspiring protagonist living in a not-so-distant future that could easily be our own.
I traveled while reading this book! Set in Australia, our main character, Teagan Oglietti, lives a normal life and is in love for the first time. And at that point in the book her love is requited. There is some sort of weird love triangle that isn’t really a love triangle. Mostly it’s the main character, still in love with the boyfriend from her first lifetime but that doesn’t keep her from falling in love quickly enough in her second lifetime. Anyways… Romance wise, I didn’t feel much chemistry with said love interest (which I will not mention). What I felt Teagan was TRULY passionately in love with was music. Mainly The Beatles. Healey (the author) made it easy to be transported by The Beatles’ music. I even went on YouTube and listened to them as I read the book. Reading this book was very ambient.
Teagan is our narrator and her voice stands out. Along with the “music” of the book, it was Teagan’s voice which I liked most while reading the book. She really is a strong heroine, she doesn’t dwell and dawdle and waste too much time mourning her past life. She is strong, decisive and obstinate!Oh and she is also a free-runner! Dayum, that is so cool! She was reminiscent of Divergent’s Tris without being copy pasted. Really just reminiscent.
World building was one of the book’s downfall… It was generic and plain for the most part. The author gave us enough details to imagine the general view of the world in the 22nd century. The world is polluted and nearly everyone is a vegetarian… Yeah, why? I am still not sure about that. We are also presented too many “political” and religious groups, government conspiracies (of course, what’s a dystopia without government conspiracies) and lot’s of journalism. Yup, That. There is also an elite school Teagan attends that offers it’s students, well, majors. They specialize in a certain fields. I’m sure you can guess which is Teagan’s. (Guess away in the comments! I’d like to see who’s right)
Second downfall was that the book felt preachy… At some point I felt like I was reading long pamphlets about pollution, global warming, immigration, racism, discrimination, LGBT rights (there’s a big-ish twist concerning that one. I WAS surprised),and even eating meat. Ugh.
Teagan’s friends (aka secondary characters) were very interesting and very involved in the story. There were lots of twists, including them that I never saw coming.
Readers who like a strong heroine and dystopian novels.