ARC Review: Awakening

4.06.2015
Awakening by Shannon Duffy
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.  
//Goodreads//The Book Depository//Indiebound//Amazon//

A thrilling, futuristic sci-fi novel set in a unique and thought-provoking world, from author Shannon Duffy.
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. (You can view this review on Goodreads to see elaborations on this - they're under spoiler tags for a reason. Read at your own risk!)

Our narrator, Desiree, was a . . . difficult read for me, to say the least. She made me cringe several times. She rarely seems to think before she acts, and she's certainly not resistant enough to anything Darian is telling her in the beginning. Desiree has grown up in a world where The Protectorate allows her to dream, to be matched with a boy she'll supposedly love - something she's seen work perfectly with her parents - and to work a fulfilling job. Of course, The Protectorate isn't what it seems (when are they ever?) but in the beginning, Desiree fully believes in their work. It takes one scene with Darian, a little bit of internal monologue, and suddenly she's hardcore doubting everything. I don't know about you guys, but it takes a long time for me to give up on everything that's been ingrained in me since birth.

There was essentially no characterization in Awakening. They jut all felt very bland. We're given some brief information about Darian and Desiree's pasts, but it never felt authentic. Their personalities just didn't come through in the writing at all. The romance was shoddy at best, happening entirely too quickly with no chemistry. And at one point, Desiree literally says "I can’t help but think his whole body is like the sculpted god Thor." Cue vomiting

In addition to the weak characterization, the writing didn't bring forth any emotions from me. This is supposed to be a thrilling novel, where you get thrown into your worst nightmare for being found noncompliant - disobeying the Protectorate. But I never felt that danger. When tragedy strikes, I felt no emotions. (Neither did Desiree, really.) 

In terms of originality? The idea of the Dreamscape and Terrorscape were cool but horribly executed. There could have been so much more detail, so much more importance put on it. Oh, and look, televised torture? A select few who are immune to the control of the Protectorate? Where have I seen these before?

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.
Plenty of people who aren't me have enjoyed Awakening, though, so be sure to check out YA Bound tours and other participating blogs for a giveaway!


5 comments on "ARC Review: Awakening"
  1. There's much to be said for spontaneity rather than impulsive action. I think I will have a hard time empathizing with the character either.

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    1. Yeah, I'm all for some spontaneity to keep it realistic. But we all think about our actions at least some of the time.

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  2. Aw I'm sorry you didn't enjoy this book well. I usually like some Entangled Teen novels as well, lol. I understand though why this didn't work well. I'd hate it too if the story is too disconnected, and you have a hard time liking the story and the characters much. That'd be very frustrating :( Hope you read a better book than this!

    Jillian @ Jillian's Books

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    1. Yeah, but I seem to be an outsider with this novel, haha so if you like Entangled Teen, chances are you'll like this one! But I definitely just felt the disconnect the entire time. And thank you, I hope so too!

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  3. I'm sorry this book didn't wow you! I have been quite intrigued by it, I tend to love Entangled titles but I think the points you mentioned you didn't like would grate on my nerves as well.

    A lovely, honest review! Sharon – Obsession with Books

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4.06.2015

ARC Review: Awakening

Awakening by Shannon Duffy
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.  
//Goodreads//The Book Depository//Indiebound//Amazon//

A thrilling, futuristic sci-fi novel set in a unique and thought-provoking world, from author Shannon Duffy.
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. (You can view this review on Goodreads to see elaborations on this - they're under spoiler tags for a reason. Read at your own risk!)

Our narrator, Desiree, was a . . . difficult read for me, to say the least. She made me cringe several times. She rarely seems to think before she acts, and she's certainly not resistant enough to anything Darian is telling her in the beginning. Desiree has grown up in a world where The Protectorate allows her to dream, to be matched with a boy she'll supposedly love - something she's seen work perfectly with her parents - and to work a fulfilling job. Of course, The Protectorate isn't what it seems (when are they ever?) but in the beginning, Desiree fully believes in their work. It takes one scene with Darian, a little bit of internal monologue, and suddenly she's hardcore doubting everything. I don't know about you guys, but it takes a long time for me to give up on everything that's been ingrained in me since birth.

There was essentially no characterization in Awakening. They jut all felt very bland. We're given some brief information about Darian and Desiree's pasts, but it never felt authentic. Their personalities just didn't come through in the writing at all. The romance was shoddy at best, happening entirely too quickly with no chemistry. And at one point, Desiree literally says "I can’t help but think his whole body is like the sculpted god Thor." Cue vomiting

In addition to the weak characterization, the writing didn't bring forth any emotions from me. This is supposed to be a thrilling novel, where you get thrown into your worst nightmare for being found noncompliant - disobeying the Protectorate. But I never felt that danger. When tragedy strikes, I felt no emotions. (Neither did Desiree, really.) 

In terms of originality? The idea of the Dreamscape and Terrorscape were cool but horribly executed. There could have been so much more detail, so much more importance put on it. Oh, and look, televised torture? A select few who are immune to the control of the Protectorate? Where have I seen these before?

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.
Plenty of people who aren't me have enjoyed Awakening, though, so be sure to check out YA Bound tours and other participating blogs for a giveaway!


5 comments:

  1. There's much to be said for spontaneity rather than impulsive action. I think I will have a hard time empathizing with the character either.

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    1. Yeah, I'm all for some spontaneity to keep it realistic. But we all think about our actions at least some of the time.

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  2. Aw I'm sorry you didn't enjoy this book well. I usually like some Entangled Teen novels as well, lol. I understand though why this didn't work well. I'd hate it too if the story is too disconnected, and you have a hard time liking the story and the characters much. That'd be very frustrating :( Hope you read a better book than this!

    Jillian @ Jillian's Books

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    1. Yeah, but I seem to be an outsider with this novel, haha so if you like Entangled Teen, chances are you'll like this one! But I definitely just felt the disconnect the entire time. And thank you, I hope so too!

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  3. I'm sorry this book didn't wow you! I have been quite intrigued by it, I tend to love Entangled titles but I think the points you mentioned you didn't like would grate on my nerves as well.

    A lovely, honest review! Sharon – Obsession with Books

    ReplyDelete