Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (33)

Awaken - Katie Kacvinsky
*May 23rd, 2011 Houghton Mifflin

Maddie lives in a world where everything is done on the computer. Whether it’s to go to school or on a date, people don’t venture out of their home. There’s really no need. For the most part, Maddie’s okay with the solitary, digital life—until she meets Justin. Justin likes being with people. He enjoys the physical closeness of face-to-face interactions. People aren’t meant to be alone, he tells her.

Suddenly, Maddie feels something awakening inside her—a feeling that maybe there is a different, better way to live. But with society and her parents telling her otherwise, Maddie is going to have to learn to stand up for herself if she wants to change the path her life is taking.

In this not-so-brave new world, two young people struggle to carve out their own space.

I think this one sounds very interesting for a number of reasons. First off, considering the current state of our technology-obsessed culture, it's certainly very plausible to consider a potential future where lives are lived on a screen. Considering that things like online shopping, online dating, working remotely from home with computers, etc. have infiltrated and permeated our culture...

From the sounds of the synopsis, there's certainly a lot of potential here to explore the implications thereof, should our society continue down this path of technology-reliance. I guess we'll have to keep waiting to see how Kacvinsky explores the depths of humanity vs. technology here.

And what're you waiting on this Wednesday?

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5 comments:

Jules (The Great, The Good and The Bad) said...

Great pick!
I love the cover.

Jules
http://thegreatthegoodandthebad.blogspot.com/

chelleyreads said...

i've seen this book around and the plot sounds really interesting. hope you get it soon and enjoy! :)

Our WoW.

happy reading,
Michelle

TheBookHour said...

Interesting, of course with the rather depressing cover it could turn out to be more horror story than dystopian romance. I like happy endings, so I might wait to read a very reviews of this one before I jump to add it to my wishlist.

Great catch, thanks!

Have a wonderful week and enjoy your reading. :)

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Karis Jacobstein said...

I can't wait for this one!!

http://yalitwit.blogspot.com/2011/05/www-5-and-waiting-on-wednesday-may-17th.html

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