Author: Karen Healey
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Shelves: Young Adult, Dystopia, Science Fiction
Recommended for Fans Of: Amy Tintera, Beth Revis
Synopsis: On the last day of her first lifetime, Tegan was like any other girl. Happy, in love, and content. And then the her world shatters. And she wakes up 100 years later to find a whole new world. On that day, Tegan died, and her body was donated to science. Now she must assimilate into "modern society" and figure out the right from the wrong- even with all the lies people are telling her, and the truths her heart refuses to believe.
Review: Photo creds to me hehehe. Anyways, When We Wake was really weird. As in, BLURRED LINES weird.
Characters: I feel like Tegan's character was just really confusing. When We Wake had a lot of LGBT backgrounds, and I wasn't sure if Tegan actually fit into this "category." Basically, I wondered if she was straight. Not only did she say "I love you" to Maria, who was more of a friendly figure than a maternal figure, but she also was questioned heavily but her lesbian friend, Bethari. I wish Karen Healey could have made it more clear whether or not Tegan was bisexual, just so the reader has an idea when writing the review. And when she reads the romance scenes between Tegan and a guy and becomes extremely confused.
Storyline/Plot: Not original. Sorry. People have been donating their bodies to science since before I was born, and although When We Wake is set in the future, there's really no difference. Like most dystopian novels, it failed to impress me. And like many other dystopian novels, it also failed to keep my interest and attention. One thing I have to say is that I started off liking this book, and it did have a huge potential at the beginning. And then at the very end, I closed When We Wake not liking it very much at all.
Writing: I felt like I was reading a dystopian version of a holy textbook. If Karen Healey was the ruler in year 2127, then this would be her Bible. I appreciate any stand against racism or other controversial subjects in YA literature, but not to the extent where it ruins a book. Just too many controversial topics makes me really uncomfortable. We have (1) racism, (2) science and society (3) science and ethics (4) LGBT and (5) religion. It wasn't really written well at all and just served to bother me. A lot.