Saturday, March 5, 2011

Those That Wake by Jesse Karp

Those That Wake by Jesse Karp
Release Date: March 21st, 2011
Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books

New York City’s spirit has been crushed. People walk the streets with their heads down, withdrawing from one another and into the cold comfort of technology. Teenagers Mal and Laura have grown up in this reality. They’ve never met. Seemingly, they never will.  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. - Goodreads.com

Debut Author!  This was one of those books that I wasn't certain I would like.  Even for a dystopian, I thought it might be a little too sci-fi for me.  I'm glad I stuck with it though, as I was pleasantly surprised. 

The book actually sucked me right in and didn't let go.  It was suspensful, had adventure, and even a slightly erie quality to it.  But not one that was overwhelming.  Just enough of one to make the hairs stand up on my arms every now and then, but in a good way!

I actually really loved the characters, especially Mal.  He was the most interesting because I think he had farther to go in the course of character journey, but he had already come so far...and all on his own.  I love how the author was able to work in a romance here, even though it clearly wasn't the main focus of the story.

The only complaint I have isn't really a complaint.  More of an observation.  But there was one scene where I had a little bit of trouble following the author's explanation for what was going on.  However, that  might have had more to do with the fact that I had stayed up super late to finish the book and was very tired.  So it might have been all my fault.

This doesn't appear to be a series book, as the author seems to have wrapped everything up very neatly at the end.  Although one aspect of the ending made me feel kind of sad, most of it was perfect.  The perfect parts outweighed that little sad part.

I think this author has a great future in writing.  This was an intelligent first book that really grabbed me and kept me engaged.  I look forward to seeing what comes in the future for Jesse Karp!

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