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When We Wake by Karen Healey Book Review

My name is Tegan Oglietti, and on the last day of my first lifetime, I was so, so happy. Sixteen-year-old Tegan is just like every other girl living in 2027--she's happiest when playing the guitar, she's falling in love for the first time, and she's joining her friends to protest the wrongs of the world: environmental collapse, social discrimination, and political injustice.When We WakeBut on what should have been the best day of Tegan's life, she dies--and wakes up a hundred years in the future, locked in a government facility with no idea what happened.Tegan is the first government guinea pig to be cryonically frozen and successfully revived, which makes her an instant celebrity--even though all she wants to do is try to rebuild some semblance of a normal life. But the future isn't all she hoped it would be, and when appalling secrets come to light, Tegan must make a choice: Does she keep her head down and survive, or fight for a better future?

When We Wake had an extremely creepy premise. I'm not a huge fan of creepy stories, so I think that contributed to me not enjoying the book as much as I was hoping to. When We Wake showed just how scary both the government's power and science can be.

When We Wake starts off in 2027, present day for the main character- Tegan. After she dies, the next thing she knows, she ends up waking up 100 years in the future. She is (justifiably) very freaked out. I liked Tegan as a character, but the fact that she was frozen and revived grossed me out a lot.

She had to adjust to the new world, which I found very weird. Certain inventions and the way most people easily accepted Tegan surprised me. Tegan made two good friends there, but I didn't like either friend. Also, there was a guy character in the book whose background I found to be kind of weird, although his background started to make more sense the further I read.

However, the plot was interesting. I liked how the writing sucked you in and I ended up reading though it pretty quickly. At first, I thought the book was just going to be about how Tegan had to adjust to her new life in the future and different problems she encountered. It turned out to have a much bigger idea, regarding what the government's true purpose for her was. 

Despite the creepy plot and not liking certain characters, When We Wake had a really nice writing style and an interesting plot. Also, Tegan was a good main character. Overall, I'd give it 3 out of 5 flowers. I think people who like the sci-fi genre and the idea for this book might really enjoy it, but it just wasn't for me.


  1. I really enjoy creepy books, something about them is always so interesting, and it's different. This one sounds really great. I'm glad you enjoyed the plot and that it sucked you in. This book is definitely on my list to read!

    1. I hope you enjoy it once you read it! :)


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