Book Review – When We Wake by Karen Healey

When we wakeAuthor: Karen Healey

Pages: 296

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Summary: Sixteen-year-old Tegan is just like every other girl living in 2027—she’s happiest when playing the guitar, she’s falling in love for the first time, and she’s joining her friends to protest the wrongs of the world: environmental collapse, social discrimination, and political injustice.

But on what should have been the best day of Tegan’s life, she dies—and wakes up a hundred years later, locked in a government facility with no idea what happened.

The future isn’t all she had hoped it would be, and when appalling secrets come to light, Tegan must make a choice: Does she keep her head down and survive, or fight for a better world?

Award-winning author Karen Healey has created a haunting, cautionary tale of an inspiring protagonist living in a not-so-distant future that could easily be our own.

My Review:  The concept of being woken years, centuries even, after being cryogenically frozen is not a new one, (remember “I Was a Teenage Popsicle” by Bev Katz Rosenbaum?) but for some reason, Karen Healey’s story felt fresh and new. There’s a layer of sci-fi mixed with a dystopian future and a government conspiracy. I was immediately drawn into the story.

Tegan was believable as a heroine. One day she’s savoring her first I enjoyed the relationship, hanging out with her friends, and the next, she’s thrust into a future so unlike her present. Yet, she seems to handle everything thrown at her without losing her mind. Her love of the Beatles made me want to add more of them to my playlist.

The fact that the book is sent in Australia added a layer of mystery for me, perhaps because I am sorely uneducated about the country’s geography and politics.

I also enjoyed the budding romance between Tegan and Abdi. I can’t wait to read more.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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