Expected Publication: April 7th, 2015 by Entangled Teen
Source: eARC (won from twitter)
*I received an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
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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 Desiree and Darian be able to escape the Protectorate before it's too late?
I usually loved Entangled Teen titles. They're easy, fast-paced and exciting with plenty of romance you can't help but root for. Unfortunately, Awakening and I just weren't meant to be.
Awakening certainly lives up to the "fast-paced" title - and takes it light years ahead. This speed leaves behind a very noncohesive feel to the novel, where events simply don't connect together because the author didn't take the time to explore the mysteries of the world and the actions her characters take. Everything is essentially served to Desiree on a platter - whether through Darian, her neighbor Coral, etc. All the information she needs is handed right to her. (
Overall: For me, this entire book felt very forced and disconnected. Everything moved far too quickly, with no details interwoven to allow the reader to guess or interpret or to relate or to feel. I'm having an incredibly hard time understanding how people like this considering how often I fought with myself to mark it as a dnf. Awakening just wasn't for me. 2 stars.