When We Wake by Karen Healey
Release Date: March 5, 2013
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Genre: YA Sci-Fi
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Oglietti's life in 2027 was great before she died. It was her first
official date with her long time friend Dalmar when she was shot and
killed. Then she woke up in 2128 and couldn't believe she had been
frozen. She had checked the box on her driver's license to donate her
body to science but she had meant donate organs to help people, not be
frozen! After a bit of a freak out she decides it is better to be alive
than dead so she will try to make the most of it.
At first the
future looks great. Technology has improved and new environmental
protections have been added. Then she realizes that all this had been
done because the earth is in major trouble and global warming. Oceans
are rising, land is disappearing, and they are not letting any immigrants into
Australia. Tegan has to re-adjust to culture and it is a bit of a shock.
There are some humorous scenes of the doctor who took her in trying to teach her slang which isn't even hip anymore in 2128. Tegan is seen by some as a miracle and by religious fanatics as something
evil. One group of religious fanatics even tell her that she should
kill herself and go back to god. This was one scary and sad group. It did feel realistic though. I could definitely see some people not agreeing with a procedure to freeze and bring people back to life.
Tegan meets Abdi by mistaking
him for Dalmar. It is hard for her to get over Dalmar even though he
died 46 years ago. To her it feels like she was just in love. It was sad
because he seemed like a great guy we barely got to know. She finds
some friendship with Abdi even though he is an immigrant and trying to
stay out of the spotlight. There is a small romance but not till the
end. I liked this because there was so much going on and she was still
mourning her old life.
There is a mystery surrounding the
freezing experiment. The government claims it is a way to bring back
soldiers but it seems suspicious why they want to study Tegan so bad?
She is the only one that has been brought back but why? Tegan and her
new friends decide to hunt down the truth and I had a good idea to
what it was from the beginning, based on the name of the project that Tegan overheard. The journey was still exciting and a few
twists and turns along the way. Loved the details of the future and the
science fiction elements.
The writing style was a bit different
and interesting. Tegan was a huge Beattles fan so each chapter is titled
after one of their songs and she often mentions them as she is a music
major. This is Tegan's story broadcast on a You Tube like channel. There
are breaks in her story where she talks about the present while she is
telling her story that give us peaks into where she ends up. I would
have liked a epilogue or something extra at the end. It was a bit of an
up to your imagination ending. But other than that I really enjoyed this book. I love looking into what the future could someday be like.
"Of course I didn't believe her. Would you? Think about waking up to a complete stranger saying,
Hey, surprise! It's the future!"
"There were people judging my fashion sense, rating my hotness level, and wondering if dating me would be necrophilia."
"Bethari's computer was asking permission to break into government archives.
What kind of apps did she have on there?"
"No mater how much money he'd been offered or how many glittering stars had requested duets, he hadn't sung for them.
But he'd sung for me."