Monday, 20 April 2015

Review: Awakening (Children of the After #1) by Jeremy Laszlo

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19216865-awakening?from_search=trueGoodreads Synopsis:
It has been six months since their father locked them in the security vault with a promise to return. But he never came back. With supplies running out and vital life support systems failing, Jack, Samantha, and Will have no choice but to ignore their father’s warnings and leave the vault. With no knowledge of what befell the world outside, or what they might expect once the door is opened, they find themselves in a world they do not recognize. 

Thrust into the remains of the world they remember, how will they survive on their own, not knowing what or who else remains amongst the ruins?


Review:
***I received the ebook free as a review copy from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review***

For such a short book, Awakening dragged like no-one’s business. There was so much repetition in not just the writing but the plot; for a story of survival there was plenty of actual existing and not much fear that something might disrupt it. The only horror aspect was disregarded so quickly, until we get a glimpse of something else at the end – and I just don’t know if it’s enough to peak my interest for obtaining next instalments.

This is definitely one for younger audiences (which feels weird to say since it’s labelled as horror) but following the journey of 3 kids there was definitely a juvenile theme running through. The characters themselves were incredibly well developed, and had adapted to the circumstances. You see them move on from blindly following their parents’ wishes, to making their own choices.

I did love seeing the relationships between the three because it captures how tragedy can bring people together so well, and was enjoyable to see (if a bit predictable with regards to their roles as a unit).

To be honest, this wasn’t the book for me because there wasn’t enough substance. Too many questions went unanswered – and they mainly came from the characters themselves who were fixated and had to prove it by repeating them again… and again… and again…
Favourite Quotes:
“It was odd how the world could change you just by changing around you.”

“It was those small moments of playfulness that still made them feel like family. Like kids. Those moments were the speck of light in an otherwise vacant world of darkness and uncertainty. She could only hope that after today. There would be more reason for such moments.”

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