Book Review: Awakening by Shannon Duffy

April 3, 2015 Young Adult Book Reviews 2 ★★★★

Book Review: Awakening by Shannon DuffyTitle: Awakening by Shannon Duffy
Published by: Entangled Teen on April 7, 2015
Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Source: The Publisher
Format: eARC
Pages: 352
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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 received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

One Line: A dystopian that didn’t bore me? That’s a winner right there!

In My Opinion: Add to cart!

Awakening was exactly the kind of dystopian book that I can get into. It’s not too heavy on the frivolous details or info dumps, but filled with engaging characters and action scenes to keep the story flowing quickly and smoothly. Sure, I had some questions about the society as a whole and how it came to be, but I fully expect that to be answered as the series progresses. As a first book in a series, I think Duffy did a great job at giving readers a glimpse of this world, the meanies who run it, and the heroes destined to bring them down.

Desiree is your average “sheep” girl. Following all the rules and never questioning the Protectorate, the government of this society. The society and her parents have basically ingrained their beliefs into her, so what else is she supposed to believe? But, when it comes time for her binding ceremony, the process that is supposed to set her up with her future husband, things just don’t sit right with her and she begins to question the Protectorate and if what they’re doing is really for the good of the people. Her world gets shaken when she runs into Darian, a childhood friend but now a supposed criminal, again and he drops a bomb on her regarding her family. Things get pretty crazy after that, and quickly, and I found it hard to turn away from this book.

Some cool things about this society was how they implanted chips in each individual’s wrist that basically serves as their IDs. It’s been done before, yes, but I always get a kick out of that detail for some reason. Also, the really unique aspect of Awakening was that the Protectorate also made it so people need a system they created called the Dreamscape in order to sleep. Without this device, anytime they try to sleep their body basically gets zapped back awake. Duffy explains more about this and it’s workings in the book and I really liked learning about it.

Darian was a pretty decent male lead. He’s been through a lot at the hands of the Protectorate and I really enjoyed his scenes. His character and personality didn’t stand out as all that unique to me and I can’t place any certain quality that I loved, but I did like him overall. He’s protective of Desiree and I appreciated how much he valued their friendship. He definitely has the potential to become swoon-worthy, but for now, he just came off as sweet and sincere.

For someone like me whose attention span is running close to zilch, dystopians hardly hold any appeal. They’re usually just too slow for me. But, like I said, Awakening isn’t like that at all. I suppose true fans of the genre might find it lacking in that aspect, but this kind of book was right up my alley. The ending is kind of a cliffhanger, but it also sets the scene for even bigger drama than the characters even suspected. I’m looking forward to seeing where Duffy goes with this series.

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2 Responses to “Book Review: Awakening by Shannon Duffy”

    • Vi

      I can’t wait to hear your thoughts about this book. I’m hoping you like it as much as I do. Dystopians are so hard for me, so the fact that I liked this book is saying something.

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