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April 8, 2015

Shelley Liked It: Awakening by Shannon Duffy

Series:  Unknown
Format: E-Book, 352 Pages
Release Date: April 7, 2015
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Source: Entangled: Teen
Genre: YA Dystopian
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?


AWAKENING is a young adult dystopian novel set 38 years into the future. Duffy tells her story using first person narrative. AWAKENING's protagonist and storyteller is 16-year old Desiree Six Haven who by all indications, is a lemming who blindly follows the Protectorate's rules and has no problems with the career she's been chosen to work, or accepting that her best friend is a murderer.

It isn't until she's chosen to marry someone (Asher) who teased her relentlessly as a child, that things just don't seem add up. Awakened to the full truth about the Protectorate by Darian, Desiree finds herself looking closely at everything she's been told. Desiree, as I said, is one who believed in the Protectorate, until she realizes that there are way too many things that just don't add up. While Desiree slowly comes to life and faces her own horrors and brutal truths about her parents, her neighbors, and her own memories, Darian stands out.

Darian is a rebel with a major cause having long ago discovered the truth about the Protectorate which nearly cost him everything. Searching for like minded people, Darian opens Desiree's eyes to a whole new world that there's not turning back from. I will say that while I did hate Asher for his past behavior, I came to realize that nobody should judge him. There is always room for growth and forgiveness if you are willing to travel down that road. I also give him credit for actually having an apparently heart, and not being a zombie. 

Whereas books like the Hunger Games had a war, or major event that changed the world's landscape, Duffy's world has been fundamentally changed by the Protectorate. The use of Dreamscape to control the populations sleep patterns; binding ceremony's at 16 to control who they marry; forcing people into working jobs they don't necessarily agree with; and punishing the non-conforming via a horrific tool called the Terrorscape is how a society falls in line.  

I would love to know if this is a standalone novel or part of a series. One could presume AWAKENING is part of a series since there is a stunning cliffhanger ending. However, I can't find anything on the author's web page indicating one way or the other which is a real downer. It would be rather silly to stop here without allowing for more discoveries or what happens next for Desiree, Darian and the Unwanted.




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23 comments:

  1. I hope that you'll have a sequel if you have a cliffy because otherwise that's so not cool... It's the first time I hear about this one and I think that if the end is like that I'll wait to see if we have a sequel or not.

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    1. Hi, Mel! I hope so too. I can't imagine that Shannon would write only one book and leave things hanging in the air.

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  2. That is a lot to happen in 36 years

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    1. Yep! I imagine it's not like when I was a kid in the 80's and didn't have all the wonderful technology we have today.

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  3. This sounds interesting. Seems like a lot going on. Hope there is a sequel then.

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

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  4. Lately I'm not into YA dystopian and with that end, not knowing if there are more books, I think this book is a no, thank you for me.

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  5. I would hope it's a series because I would be pissed for it to end on a cliffhanger otherwise.

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    1. Hi, Jennifer. Yep, seems like this happens on a regular basis lately. I just finished another series that NEEDS another book but the publisher hasn't committed to it.

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  6. Intriguing, to say the least. I've noticed a strong tendency from Entangled to offer books that seem to only get better - am I alone in observing this? Excellent review.

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    1. Thank you, Ramona! I am hoping your observation is correct if an when another book is released in this series.

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  7. Well I hope it continues if it left you with such a big cliffhanger ending!

    Karen @For What It's Worth

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  8. That looks interesting - Dreamscape makes me think of that old movie with Dennis Quaid :)

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    1. LOL! You and I must be around the same age then, because that is exactly what I thought as well!

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  9. Sounds pretty good Shelley. I hope it is a series so things can be explored more. :)

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  10. I hope this is a series. It sounds like something that I would definitely like to read. Also for it to end on a cliffhanger and not continue would be mind boggling. Great review.

    Grace

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  11. I hope this is a series. It sounds like something that I would definitely like to read. Also for it to end on a cliffhanger and not continue would be mind boggling. Great review.

    Grace

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  12. It always bugs me when I read a book and there are unresolved things and I don't know if there is going to be a sequel or not. I hate that!

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  13. I like this scenario in other books of a person figuring out they're a cog in a system and its a horrifying system under the surface.

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  14. Oh this has so many tropes I like and all set in a dystopian novel..win. Hopefully there is a second book and you get all the answers resolved. Great review Shelley

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