Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Awakening by Shannon Duffy- Book Review

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? 

My Review:
***I received a free e-copy of this book from the publishers of Entangled Teen in exchange for my honest review***

So you have the hot bad boy and the goody good girl but the girl is matched with another guy and then there's a corrupted government. Sound familiar? Yeah, I thought so too. I must admit that I worried when I read the synopsis because the premise reminded me of another story but I decided to give it a try anyway (what's that saying: "Ain't nothing new under the sun."). Well anyway, I'm glad I tried it because I loved it.

Desiree Six Haven is one of those law-abiding, never breaks the rules because is afraid of punishment kind of girl. A "sheep", as Darian called her. She believes that the government has all the citizens best interest at heart. That the rules are present to "Keep You Safe" (yeah, even I'm beginning to hate those words after finishing this book). So she follows the rules to a T...until she reunites with Darian One Sterling. Then everything she thought she knew gets blown to bits and her life gets thrown to hell and back. 

But despite all the gloom and doom that fell on Desiree, she didn't let it keep her down. I really liked the character development Duffy did for her. It's like seeing a catepillar become a butterfly...a car-jacking, taser-zapping butterfly. Over the course of the book, you can see her really coming into herself and having a mind of her own instead of following what everyone else expects.

Then you have Darian. He's ...wait a minute...*sighs Darian*...okay, I'm back. Darian is this hot, law-breaking Noncompliant criminal who just screams bad boy material. And yet he really isn't. Sure he's considered a murderer and sure he kicked his fair share of butts and sure he's a escapee on the run but if you look past all that -like Desiree had to -you find that he's this sweet, caring guy who's always putting Desiree before himself. I love the chemistry between the two. It practically leaps off the pages and I found myself awwing at all their little cutesy moments.

There were some characters in the book I initially disliked *cough Asher and Mallory* but they eventually come around as okay peeps (shocking, I know!!) And then there were a few characters that I liked in the beginning but hated at the end. It has nothing to do with Duffy's writing or anything but the fact that the character itself (their actions and words and personalities). Then there were many moments where I cried from the emotions presented. It felt so real and I found myself rooting for Darian and Desiree and booing the Protectorate as I gave them and those characters I grew to dislike the stink eye. The fact that Duffy could elicit such responses from me shows how well written the book was (I rarely give the stink eye to anyone...seriously! I'm a pacifist *meow*).

With a mixture of romance and some action, this was one of those books that I couldn't put down until I realized I was pouting at the end from the lack of more pages. I give this book five stars, encourage people to read it and commend Shannon Duffy on a job well done and can't wait for the sequel. Like seriously can't wait. Need now, please!

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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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