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Tuesday, August 16, 2011 | By: Traci

Review: Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky

Rating: 4 out of 5

AwakenSummary: In the year 2060, the world is a different place. People do most of their daily dealings with other people online, including school. The world relies heavily on technology. Maddie's father helped invent what is known as Digital School, an online schooling system where teens don't have to leave their house to get an education. And according to her father, it works. However, her father doesn't trust her, it may have something to do with her hacking his computer when she was 15 and giving out personal files to Digital School Protesters. When an online friend invites her to a tutoring session, she's reluctant to go, after all, it's a real life in person session, and she'd prefer to meet with others online. She goes and meets Justin, a guy with a lot of things to hide. When Maddie finds out Justin is actually part of a group working to take down Digital School, Maddie has to make a choice, defy her father once again and find out what life is like outside of technology, or continue living under his strict orders.

My thoughts: At first, I really liked the concept of this book, after all, we're slowly working towards being an all digital, all the time society. After all, you can attend college mostly online, so a complete education online isn't that far off. Many people meet their friends or partner's online. We're really relying on the net so much anymore, it's not funny. Heck, I'll be the first to admit I'm a little too addicted to my computer. I can see it being a possibility.

However, I expected more. I guess I wanted this group to do more than just protest online schooling. Sure, Justin really pushes for Maddie to ween herself from technology and actually live out in the real world, it's just, instead of pushing to really change how we use technology and how we rely on it, we just hear how they're trying to take down the world of digital school, as if school is the only place people meet each other and socialize.

However, I did like this book. It's one of those, I can see it becoming a possibility in the future reads that's kind of startling. 


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