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Reviewed by Katelyn Hensel for Readers' Favorite
What happens after we die? For most of us, that question is still a big blank, but for Tegan the answer is a whole new life. Tegan is ripped from her world during what should have been the shining moment of her young life. The next thing she knows, she's cold, groggy, and waking up on a gurney. She can't find her parents, her friends aren't visiting, and it doesn't take Tegan long to figure out why. Everyone she knows has already lived their lives and died. This new future world isn't what Tegan hoped for. It's dangerous, and some seriously evil secrets come out that force Tegan to decide if she's willing to fight for a better world than the one in which she just woke up.
When We Wake is probably my favorite book that I've "read" this year! The narrator's accent worked beautifully with the piece. She had a strange accent that was clear, yet different, and really fit with the idea that in 100 years, accents probably will change and blend together.
Karen Healey has crafted a seriously eerie, but cool world. It has a dystopian take of a Hunger Games-esque story, but definitely has its own unique crafting and world building. My favorite thing about the story was how true and realistic the characters were. Tegan fights, she's strong, and she is really smart. The secondary characters are also great. Too often do the best friends and sidekicks turn into cardboard cutout characters that we've all seen before. Tegan's circle of friends were unique, fun, and had their own motives and agendas, adding an extra layer of strength to the story.
When We Wake is excellent. Karen Healey has created a wonderful and terrifying vision of the future that all sci-fi and dystopian fans will love!