Thursday, March 14, 2013

When We Wake

When We Wake
by Karen Healey
New York : Little, Brown, 2013
296 pages. YA science fiction

Tegen is ecstatic, the boy she has loved forever is finally her official boyfriend. To celebrate their first day together they go to a political rally in their home city of Melbourne, Australia. Unfortunately, Tegen is in the wrong place at the wrong time and takes a sniper bullet meant for the Prime Minister. Fast forward a hundred years: Tegen wakes up in a new century with a whole lot of attitude, but without a clue as to what has happened. The world is not quite what she thought it would be and her presence has awakened a lot of anger in various political and religious factions. With the help of assorted friends she decides to show everyone she is the boss of her own body - not the government that revived her, not the Inheritors who think she is devil spawn and not the journalists that just want a hot story!
This book is a little disjointed and has too many political agendas for my taste. An interesting idea though, I just think it could have been better executed. I didn't love or sympathize with Tegan, yet I had just a little sympathy for Abdi.

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