Thursday, 16 April 2015

BLOG TOUR - Awakening by Shannon Duffy **GIVEAWAY**


Welcome to my blog tour for Shannon Duffy's thrilling Dystopian/YA novel Awakening, read my review below and find out what I thought plus if you live in North America there is an awesome giveaway below for you!



Awakening
Release Date: 04/07/15
Entangled Teen

Summary from Goodreads:

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 Darien 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?





I read a lot of dystopian novels and a lot of them even though they are well written follow the same basic plot, was Awakening any different?

Yes and No, let's start with the No, it is a young adult dystopian and forbidden romance is a major part of the plot, there is a manipulative governing body trying to keep the populace in check and there are rebels trying to stop the government carry out their evil schemes.

However moving on to the Yes, there is a lot that is different, the world has been in a spin, people had been too reliant on technology, their lives chaotic, illness rife and the Protectorate came in a put a stop to that.

They made sure that the population was kept clean and healthy by installing air purifiers, machines in hospitals that detect bugs, making homes clean room clean and also helping the populace fall asleep with the aid of a machine called the Dreamscape.

Desiree Six is 16 and lives in this strange new world but to her it is perfectly normal, her road in life is chosen for her from birth, a chip is installed that syncs her with the Dreamscape and this enables her to have a peaceful nights sleep with nothing but the sweetest dreams, at the age of 5 her career path is chosen and at 16 she is matched with the boy she will spend her short life with.

Now why is her life short?, well Desiree is a 6, she was born on the 6th day and because of this she will live to the ripe old age of 50, hold on a minute 50 that's not old.....

The protectorate has made it that if you have been born on a certain day you will die on a certain day, people born on the 1st day live till they are 25 and then they are terminated and everyone else goes up in 5 year increments, the 2nd days live till they are 30 and so on, it seems cruel to us but to these blissfully happy people it is normal.

Desiree's life is about to turn upside down, her childhood friend Darian has been taken to the Terrorscape for murdering his parents, something she cannot believe but if the Protectorate say it is so then it must be true, at the start of the book he escapes from the Terrorscape and this is when Desiree starts to question all that she knows.

Her first shock is when she is matched with Asher her childhood bully who during their ceremony to bind them together spend his time eyeing up another girl, her second when Darian turns up in her bedroom in the middle of the night and tells her he is innocent and begs her to believe him. Plus her neighbours are taken to the Terrorscape for reasons unknown and their terror is shown Big Brother style on TV.

I'm not going to spoil the story for you but the rest of the book is thrilling, Desiree realises that the Protectorate are manipulating everyone but why? With Darian's help she tries to escape her old life and start a new life with the Awakened,a rebel group. Can they make it? Will they find out more about exactly what the Protectorate is up to?

The one thing I love about this book was the whole Dreamscape, as someone who can be found at midnight fiddling with a Kindle or iPhone and then struggling to get to sleep shortly after the idea of a machine to give me sweet dreams is tempting, the Dreamscape programs the dreams so that the dreamer has sweet innocent dreams about their future match. The Terrorscape is also intriguing what better way to deal with criminals than to put them in to their worst fears.

The idea that you need these machines to sleep is a clever one, these people have come to fear sleeping without the aid of a machine, they think without it they will be doomed.

The other thing I loved was the idea of everyone having an expiration date, not something I would like but it was sad during the book when you discover for example that Desiree's parents are due for termination in a matter of months, I don't think that is something you could prepare for no matter how loyal to the Protectorate you are.

So yes, Awakening is sufficiently fantastically different, I really enjoyed it and I read it in one sitting. I liked the main characters of Desiree and of course Darian was a nice bit of book eye candy, I know I mentioned above all of these books having the romance aspect but would it be the same without it?

Shannon has done a great job here and I really am looking forward to reading more from this series.

Thank you to YA Book tours for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review





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About the Author
Author of MG and YA books full of adventure. I grew up on the east coast of Canada in the province of Newfoundland and now live in Ontario. I love writing, reading, fashion, fitness, and traveling.

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