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Awaken

Kacvinsky, Katie (Book - 2011 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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In the year 2060, when people hardly ever leave the security of their houses and instead do everything online, Madeline Freeman, the seventeen-year-old daughter of the man who created the national digital school attended by all citizens, is wooed by a group of radicals who are trying to get people to "unplug."
Authors: Kacvinsky, Katie
Title: Awaken
Publisher: New York : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011.
Characteristics: 309 p. ;,22 cm.
Summary: In the year 2060, when people hardly ever leave the security of their houses and instead do everything online, Madeline Freeman, the seventeen-year-old daughter of the man who created the national digital school attended by all citizens, is wooed by a group of radicals who are trying to get people to "unplug."
ISBN: 0547371489
9780547371481
Statement of Responsibility: Katie Kacvinsky
Subject Headings: Science fiction. Government, Resistance to Fiction. Science fiction. Government, Resistance to Fiction.
Topical Term: Science fiction.
Government, Resistance to
Science fiction.
Government, Resistance to
LCCN: 2010007330
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Nov 11, 2013
  • MegN_H rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This was one of my favorite books. I can't wait to read the next book "Middle Ground"!

i didn't finish it yet but so far it's good

May 11, 2013
  • kesha1123 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Love the whole premise of this story. Maddie and Justin's unfolding love story is an engaging one. The themes addressed are fantastic for young adult readers.

Jul 22, 2012
  • Black_Panda_1 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

i liked the overall plot, but the ending seemed too abrupt and not quite satisfactory in the relationship between maddie and justin and maddie's future and her family..

Mar 18, 2012
  • renheart115 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I love the main message of the story, but I really wanted to read more about the new world. I felt like it was focused more on justin's and maddie's relationship (which i dont object to really but...) and not enough information on this "different" world that kacvinsky has created. I wanted to know what else they did in terms of technology and it didn't really show that. and some parts (like the flying car) was unrealistic, and felt like the author just randomly decided to stick it in the story because it's the future so why not? it doesn't fit with the theme though. other than that, it was still an okay read, and the maddie's voice was pretty refreshing and wasn't needy or whiny or anything.

Jun 20, 2011
  • purplegrenade_ rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I absolutely loved awaken..it was a story about how much technology really runs our lives..what also makes it better is that it's also a love story about a girl who is trapped in her technological life and the boy who helps bring her out of it and opens her eyes and heart to things she's never seen before.It was a very good read!

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Jun 13, 2011
  • SCCLD LIBRARIANS FOR TEENS rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Maddie lives in a virtual world in the year 2060 with nearly no physical contact. Her dad is the creator of Digital School, DS and ever since Maddie hacked into his computer and sent his files to the rebels 2 and a half years ago, she's been in total confinement. Lately though, she has been chatting with Justin, an online tutor and when he asks to meet her in a real life, physical study group she hesitantly agrees. The domino effect from that meeting is instant. She meets Justin and his friends, who strongly oppose DS and wants people to have a choice, real school or DS. Maddie feels torn, she cannot betray her family again, but she too longs for the physical connection that is missing with DS, but she can't shake the feeling that she is being used by Justin and his friends. Not to mention her intense attraction to Justin and the constant walls he puts up. Who will Maddie choose; her family that she betrayed once before, or Justin? The struggle is fierce, dynamic and ever changing. And what about Justin, the constant wonderer who never stays in one place, how can he turn away from the only person he has ever loved? How can he choose between his mission and Maddie?

Grades 9-12, 309 pages

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Nov 11, 2013
  • MegN_H rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: almost nothing, except ~2 kissing scenes.

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Aug 07, 2013
  • HLINGUM rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I shook my head. "I'm not that girl anymore. I've grown up and I learned from that experience."
... "You are that girl, Maddie. You're just getting it beat out of you."

Apr 28, 2012
  • renheart115 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

“People are becoming spectators of their own lives instead of living them. But the best part is getting in the game. That’s when it’s all worth it.”

Apr 28, 2012
  • renheart115 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

“I used to think talking was all about words. But you can say so much more with your eyes and your fingers and your touch. Words just make us one-dimensional.”

Apr 28, 2012
  • renheart115 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

“This is the real world, right now happening in front of us, and everybody’s missing it.”

Apr 28, 2012
  • renheart115 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

“It’s not convenience that bothers me, it’s people’s obsession with saving time. Everything’s a race. I just don’t get who or what we’re constantly racing against.”

Apr 28, 2012
  • renheart115 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

“Life should be a risk. It’s more than a straight line that you can see clearly from one point to the other. It dips and curves and you never know what’s around the bend sometimes until you get there. That scares a lot of people. But that’s the beauty of it.”

Apr 28, 2012
  • renheart115 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

"Your movements become rigid and unsure because behind all the fancy gadgets and all that digital armor, you realize you're just flesh and bones.”

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