Friday, January 28, 2011

Book Review: Those That Wake by Jesse Karp

Those That Wake by Jesse Karp
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt , 3/21/11
E-ARC, 340 pages
Recieved for review via NetGalley
Challenge: Dystopia Challenge

New York City's spirit has been crushed. People walk the streets with their heads down, withdrawing from each other and into the cold comfort of technology.

  Teenagers Mal and Laura have grown up in this reality. They've never met. 


But on the same day Mal learns his brother has disappeared, Laura discovers her parents have forgotten her. Both begin a search for their families that leads them to the same truth: someone or something has wiped the teens from the memories of every person they have ever known. Thrown together, Mal and Laura must find common ground as they attempt to reclaim their pasts.

I was pretty excited about this book because it takes place in my city and I will read just about anything set in NY (even if it's dystopian, futuristic NY). The premise reeled me in and I excitedly downloaded the Adobe reader thing, even though E-reading is not necessarily my fav.

My major issue with this book was that the first part was a bit jumbled, introducting character after character. It got to a point where I didn't remember who the people were that I was supposed to pay attention to. Another issue I had was that he went on and on with the internal dialouge each character had. The story was so good that I wanted to skim over the inner dialogue so I could get to the amazing plot.

Beside those couple things, the read was pretty okay. It's the most Sci-fi sort of thing I've read yet! Which is really awesome because I was wondering if I could get through something that was a little on the sci-fi side. Also, I couldn't help but compare this novel to Stephen King's TV movie The Langoliers (you'll know what I mean if you read it).

This book definitely gets 2.5 out of 4 stars, it wasn't terrible but it wasn't mind-blowing. I'm not suggesting you run out and buy it when it comes out by any means. Also, it was a little confusing at times [and I'm pretty much a genius, so you've gotta work hard to confuse me! ;) ]. So, I sort of recommend this book to people who are curious about soft sci-fi and enjoy post-apocalyptic reads.

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