Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky
Source: ARC provided by Amazon Vine
Maddie lives in a world where everything is done on the computer. Whether it’s to go to school or on a date, people don’t venture out of their home. There’s really no need. For the most part, Maddie’s okay with the solitary, digital life - until she meets Justin. Justin likes being with people. He enjoys the physical closeness of face-to-face interactions. People aren’t meant to be alone, he tells her.
Suddenly, Maddie feels something awakening inside her - a feeling that maybe there is a different, better way to live. But with society and her parents telling her otherwise, Maddie is going to have to learn to stand up for herself if she wants to change the path her life is taking.
In this not-so-brave new world, two young people struggle to carve out their own space.
This story really struck a chord with me, as I can easily see our society moving in this direction. So much is done online now that some prefer to live through their avatars rather than deal with people face to face. Life online is easier, and there's always the delete button!
Despite being raised immersed in the digital life, Maddie is still able to think for herself and has a rebellious, independent streak. While her father is a firm advocate of Life Is Better Online, Maddie isn't so sure. There's something to be said for human interaction, especially interaction with the cute and charismatic Justin! What Justin says makes sense, and the more Maddie learns, the more she's dissatisfied with her current life.
Really enjoyed this one, and it makes you think. Yes, life is easier online....you can present yourself however you like and avoid the awkwardness of small talk and having to talk to strangers. But we shouldn't give up on real life, no matter how tempting, because it's dangerous to lose touch with our fellow man. Sounds a little silly, but how else to explain flash mobs starting riots instead of pillow fights? It's too easy to disconnect when you're online all the time.
Don't mean to sound preachy, but this book does make you wonder. Katie is a very talented writer, and I really liked Maddie! Can't wait to see what Katie comes up with next!
This ARC was provided by the Amazon Vine program in exchange for an honest review.