May 15, 2011

Review - Those That Wake (Jesse Karp)

Presenting itself in a mix of dystopia and science-fiction Those That Wake by Jesse Karp could probably be best described as a combination of Invasion Of The Bodysnatchers and The Matrix.
On the search for his lost brother, Mal finds himself in a strange building, and Laura is at the same time suddenly confronted with her parents who don't remember her. The teenagers are not the only ones who share the fate of having been forgotten. In a small group they set out on a mind-bending journey trying to solve the mystery of what and why something in their over-technologized world made them “disappear”.
Apart from the truly intriguing premise, I loved how the characters and the world surrounding them are steadily and intricately built. Characters come to live immediately, after only a few pages they seem absolutely real. And needless to say that world-building is pretty much awesome too. Starting out in a realistic manner, the story slowly transforms itself into an almost paranoid venture to find answers. And all of this comes together in a writing style that captivated me from beginning to end. Admittedly I found the conclusion of the book a bit too simply construed, but this has been a great book nonetheless.
While being a YA novel, I'd personally recommend it to adults and more sophisticated teenagers only.
In short: An engrossing read for everyone who loves dystopia and science-fiction!

4/5 stars

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the NetGalley.com book review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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