Monday, August 17, 2015

Awake by Natasha Preston

I received a copy of Awake from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I requested Awake because I was intrigued by the idea of a young girl who has lost all memory of her early years and a fanatical cult who tries to get her back at any cost. To be honest, if I had read this book from the viewpoint of an adult I probably would not like it, but as this is a YA novel I tried to read it from the viewpoint of a young adult. As such, I enjoyed it. It was a light thriller with the typical love interest. It didn't have enough character development for me to like Scarlett but the author did a good job imagining how a young girl would feel and react if faced with the reality that her family is not what they seem and she is the "chosen" one for a fanatical cult. The same can be said for her love interest. It is hard to like Noah but you are able to understand his dilemma as to what is the right thing to do and how can he resolve knowing that all you have been brought up to believe is wrong? I also feel a bit unsettled not knowing what really happened to Scarlett's sister but then that may be what the author intended. All in all, Awake was an enjoyable read and I would recommend it to young people who enjoy psychological thrillers.

Three out of Five stars

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