Saturday, 4 July 2015

Review: Awoken (The Lucidites #1) by Sarah Noffke Synopsis:
Around the world humans are hallucinating after sleepless nights. 

In a sterile, underground institute the forecasters keep reporting the same events.

And in the backwoods of Texas, a sixteen-year-old girl is about to be caught up in a fierce, ethereal battle.

Meet Roya Stark. She drowns every night in her dreams, spends her hours reading classic literature to avoid her family’s ridicule, and is prone to premonitions—which are becoming more frequent. And now her dreams are filled with strangers offering to reveal what she has always wanted to know: Who is she? That’s the question that haunts her, and she's about to find out. But will Roya live to regret learning the truth?

***I received the eBook free as a review copy from the author in exchange for an honest review***

Right from the start this book is action-packed. What surprised me (and for which I’m grateful) is the way it was so effectively driven by character development. There was no doubt in my mind that everything had a purpose and reasoning behind it, so Sarah Noffke wasn’t just including fighting scenes etc for the hell of it.

This worked perfectly with the plot and kept me invested. I'll admit the concept took me a while to wrap my head around, because people whose conscious can travel through time in dreams is unlike anything I’ve come across before. Sarah did an excellent job of building the complex world, though it can still be overwhelming at first.

That was undeniably the case for main protagonist Roya also, and meant you understood where her emotions/actions were coming from immediately. Better yet, you could connect with her. She, along with the other characters, have so much personality that they come alive off the page.

There is a romance aspect (after all most YA books wouldn’t be complete without at least one boy who has a bad attitude, beautiful eyes and/or swoonworthy accent – in Awoken we get 3!) but I enjoyed how it didn’t take center stage and other parts, including plot, were more emphasised.

Now, even though the main fight at the end was a little anticlimactic, I am not ready for this story to be over and hope to continue with the sequel soon (which has been described as “more action packed than its predecessor” and there’s nothing bad about that!) I’d recommend this book to fantasy and sci-fi readers who are looking for something different.
Favourite Quotes:
“Everyone treats you extra nice when they think you’re about to die.”

“The world is dictated by our desires rather than our thoughts. The prior puts the latter in motion.”

“Intentions are flimsy in the face of opposing danger. Determination, on the other hand, is resilient to challenge. It’s the antidote.”

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