Awake: A Surprising And Chilling Thriller by Natasha PrestonAwake: A Surprising And Chilling Thriller by Natasha Preston

Awake: A Surprising And Chilling Thriller

byNatasha Preston

Paperback | August 4, 2015

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She's on the run from a past she can't remember in this thriller from Natasha Preston, the New York Times bestselling author of The Cellar and The Cabin! Scarlett Garner doesn't remember anything before the age of four-until a car accident changes everything. She starts to remember pieces of a past that frighten her. A past her parents hid from her? and a secret that could get her killed. Don't miss the next heart-pounding thriller from Natasha Preston, You Will Be Mine, coming February 2018! Also by Natasha Preston: The Cellar The CabinYou Will Be Mine
Natasha Preston is the New York Times bestselling author of The Cellar . A UK native, she discovered her love of writing when she shared a story online-and hasn't looked back. She enjoys writing romance, thrillers, gritty YA, and the occasional serial killer.
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Title:Awake: A Surprising And Chilling ThrillerFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:336 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.88 inShipping dimensions:8.25 × 5.5 × 0.88 inPublished:August 4, 2015Publisher:SourcebooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1492618527

ISBN - 13:9781492618522

Appropriate for ages: 14

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Lame ** spoiler alert ** Story was thrilling enough to keep me turning the pages, but the characters were a bit lame. The cult members didn't come off as brainwashed and controlled as I would have expected them to be.
Date published: 2018-04-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Nope Horrible book. Had really high expectations after the cellar. was disappointed. dont read this unless you don't read books often
Date published: 2017-03-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not fun I did not like this book at all. The characters were bad, the story was bad. I had really high expectations for this book after reading the cellar but i didn't enjoy this book one bit.
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cults are a tough subject When Scarlett thinks back to to her past, it starts at age 4 since she cant remember a thing before then, and her parents get weird when she starts asking about it. What are they hiding? And why does the new kid Noah take such a shine to her--- I mean, what's the harm, hes a mega hottie! or is there more than meets the eye here? When she goes on a trip, things get really scary, and the truth starts to come into focus. Scarlett has now got the fight of her life going on and Natasha's writing just keeps getting better and better, This was another unable to put down kind of book, and it's a tough subject (Cults) to breach but she did it in a tasteful and VERY realistic way so I am thoroughly impressed. Can't wait to see what she has in store for us next!
Date published: 2016-07-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Entertaining Can I add Noah to my list of book boyfriends? Please? Okay, okay...I'll get serious. This book started out a little slow for me. I was kind off put off by all the stalkeresque questions Noah was asking Scarlett and how quickly she became enamoured with him. I understand falling fast, it happened to me recently, but not so much when the object of one's affection is so "creepy", for want of a better word. I stuck with the book, however, because I was so intrigued by the premise of the book. Stories about cults just fascinate me. I'm glad I did because the 'action' picked up and I really got sucked in. I'm glad some of it was told from Noah's POV, it made him seem a lot more human. I think I might have hated him for a lot of the book without a look inside his mind. It also reinforced what the mentality of some cult members is like and that they wholeheartedly believe what they've been taught. I did take a little "issue" to how trusting Scarlett is of Noah and how quickly it happens as well as how all-consuming her feelings become. I realize that, as a teenager, it's easy to let a boy (or girl in non-Awake-related real-life situations) become a big factor in one's life. I'm sure I had times when I was positive that I was "in love" with someone and that they were the be all, end all of my life. It just felt a little weird that she so casually took such a long trip with him without letting anyone know. It also felt like she had just forsaken the rest of her life for him and, while I do realize it happens, it's one of my least favourite things in life. Scarlett's obsession with Noah made me like her a little less for a while. I struggled with the start being a little slow, Noah being creepy, and Scarlett being one of those girls that drifts from her friends because of a boy BUT once things started to get juicy, this book had its teeth firmly hooked into me. I don't want to give too much away (spoilers SUCK) but I found myself yelling "NOOOOO...WHAT THE HECK?!" numerous times in the last part of the book.
Date published: 2015-10-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An entertaining read with a gripping subject Scarlett is a normal 16-year-old girl living in England and going to high school. Except she can’t remember the first four years of her life. All she knows is that there was a fire, and it seems to have erased all her memories of her early years. Now there’s a new boy in her class. His name is Noah, and he is gorgeous. He is immediately interested in Scarlett, and they start going out. But Noah has chosen Scarlett for a reason, and he has a mission to fulfil for Eternal Light, the sect he belongs to. In fact, Scarlett is the Light, the key to eternal life, and Noah needs to bring her back to the commune for the sacrifice. Awake is a young adult fiction for readers 16 years and older. The story is alternatively told from Scarlett and Noah’s points of view. This allows the reader to enter Noah’s conflicted mind and see the reasoning behind his actions. I have always been interested in how intelligent people could end up in a sect and believe their guru without questions, so I thought this novel was fascinating. However, the whole premise of the book was a bit shaky. Most people usually don’t remember the first 4 years of their lives. I certainly don’t. Maybe it would have been better that Scarlett be older when the fire happened, say 8 years old for example. I also thought that it was odd that Scarlett confided in Noah from day one and told him about her loss of memory. On the whole though, it was an entertaining read with a gripping subject. Awake was sent to me for free in exchange for an honest review. Please go to my blog, Cecile Sune - Bookobsessed, if you would like to read more reviews or discover fun facts about books and authors.
Date published: 2015-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting Premise I absolutely loved this! The whole premise is really interesting, and I think the way the story developed was excellent! Scarlett is a girl who doesn't remember the first 4 years of her life, which I don't really see why she would remember them anyway, but she begins regaining some of her memories through flashes, and they aren't really making sense with what her parents told her, so Scarlett sets out to find out what is up with these weird memories. Around the same time Scarlett meets Noah, and begins to fall deeply for him, and I think they are so adorable together, and have really sweet moments together. It turns out that a cult, which is mentioned in the blurb for the book, so it's not a spoiler, is after her, and wants her back, so they can sacrifice her because they feel that is what needs to happen in order for them to achieve some type of eternal life. This story is really great because I loved the mystery, and I couldn't stop reading until the book was finished! I was enthralled until the very end! I did want more of an ending; I hate how books don't usually have more than one chapter of what happens after things are figured out, and I found it weird how Scarlett's age kept jumping around, first she's 16, then she's 15, then she back to 16, it was so weird; maybe I just didn't read it carefully enough, I would've liked it if she were closer to 18 for this story, and I would of liked to get to the action a bit faster, but I still loved it. The way this book ended it seems there may be a next book, and I really hope there is because I would love more story with Scarlett and Noah, so I will be looking out for that, and I really liked Natasha Preston's writing, so I will look into more books from her! This book was truly wonderful!
Date published: 2015-08-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Better Summary Than Execution Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I really wanted to like this book. It had a good description and I was so looking forward to how it would play out. But then it started with insta-love and ended with Noah and Scarlett literally saying they would die for one another and it made me want to kill them both. Literally everything written in the first half of the novel made me want to stop reading it. I can totally understand why people stopped reading at about 20% because there was nothing that was leading to the idea of the cult or Scarlett getting her memories back. I am not going to talk about the slut-shaming and insta-love because it was the reason I did not enjoy this book at all. Everything else was shallow. There didn't seem to be much depth to the other characters or the entire cult. It didn't make sense why Donald and Fiona became the leaders of this cult so easily or what their actual beliefs really were. There was not much of an explanation to either of those. I also thought that there should have been more of Fiona being like "This is a hard decision, but it is one I know is necessary to make" instead of her basically being a cold hearted bitch. I thought the last 10% was a little ridiculous and too convenient the way everything worked out. I wanted more suspense and thrills while reading this and it just did not deliver. The memory thing - I don't understand why it was a thing. Even if Scarlet had remembered her life before she was four, her parents could have played it up to just being a child and imagining things rather than not mentioning it to her at all. And if her life was in that much danger, her parents should have told her the truth. No ifs ands or buts. I feel like so much emphasis was put on a lot of random things in the front half that had no bearing on the second. It was just messy and sloppy and I was very disappointed. Overall: 1.5/5 stars for this one. I thought it had a better summary than execution. I wanted to like this one, I just couldn't.
Date published: 2015-08-16