Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children; First Edition edition (May 23, 2011)
Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.7 x 1.1 inches
Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
Maddie lives in a world where everyone is on the computer. Everyone's life is spent on the computer. If it's school, socializing, or playing sports it's all on the computer. Maddie's mom is the only one she knows that still writes long hand and Maddie doesn't understand the use of it or books, especially when her mother gives her a blank book where she is suppose to write all her thoughts down. When Maddie meets up with a boy she has been tutoring on the computer, she meets a whole group of people she didn't know existed. As Maddie is on probation for selling her father's information to people who believe digital school (DS) should be illegal her father has trust issues and sends people to follow her with Justin.
My mind has been slightly blown from the future that can be just a decade or two away for us. Maddie is an easy character to relate with in my opinion. She is insecure and watching her discover the past-our present- is just amazing. I find myself at awe at what we have on a daily basis that might get lost in the future. While I went along with Maddie's point of view I got so absorbed at the world they live in. Trains are the basic ways to get around and cars can not be seen for weeks. Justin-a little older than Maddie- takes all of our present day luxuries we don't find necessary and thrust them at us like a bone to a dog. Coming up short, this novel can be read in a few hours if I really wanted to, but instead I cut myself off after a few hours a day to keep a steady pace.
All in all I would recommend someone this book. I tip my hat off to you and see you next Tuesday.