When We Wake by Karen HealeyWhen We Wake by Karen Healey

When We Wake

byKaren Healey

Paperback | March 18, 2014

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My name is Tegan Oglietti, and on the last day of my first lifetime, I was so, so happy.
Sixteen-year-old Tegan is just like every other girl living in 2027--she's happiest when playing the guitar, she's falling in love for the first time, and she's joining her friends to protest the wrongs of the world: environmental collapse, social discrimination, and political injustice.
But on what should have been the best day of Tegan's life, she dies--and wakes up a hundred years in the future, locked in a government facility with no idea what happened.
Tegan is the first government guinea pig to be cryonically frozen and successfully revived, which makes her an instant celebrity--even though all she wants to do is try to rebuild some semblance of a normal life. But the future isn't all she hoped it would be, and when appalling secrets come to light, Tegan must make a choice: Does she keep her head down and survive, or fight for a better future?
Award-winning author Karen Healey has created a haunting, cautionary tale of an inspiring protagonist living in a not-so-distant future that could easily be our own.
Karen Healey is the author of the Aurealis winner and William C. Morris Debut Award finalistGuardian of the Dead,The Shattering, andWhen We Wake. She technically lives in New Zealand, but actually lives on the internet. You can find her at www.karenhealey.com.
Title:When We WakeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 5.5 × 8.25 × 0.75 inPublished:March 18, 2014Publisher:Little, Brown Books for Young ReadersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0316200778

ISBN - 13:9780316200776


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Tegan has the perfect life until one day her whole life changes. She wakes up and one hundred years has past. Finding the whole world in a different state from when you left it can be life changing and Tegan struggles to assimilate to present society. I enjoyed Tegan's story and her life so much. What I wanted more was the world building. I wanted more details of how the world came to be. What I loved were all the several themes that were included in this brilliant story. Religion, environmentalism, racism, politics and so much more. I enjoyed reading about it all that I thought it was done extremely well. Not a lot of YA books touch these topics. It was executed well, but like I said, I wanted more from this book. When We Wake is a brilliant plot that is realistic in nature that will have you wanting more. Cannot wait to pick up the sequel because like I said, I want to know where the author is going to take the series.
Date published: 2015-02-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great teen read really enjoyed this book, very interesting story idea and the characters were very relatable. I could easily see this as a movie or TV show.
Date published: 2013-06-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Realistic idea of the future When We Wake was a book I was excited for. I mean cryogenetics? Waking up 100 years in the future? A secret government conspiracy? What’s not to like? What I didn’t expect was that it would an incredibly thought provoking and fascinating read that I am still thinking about days later. The most striking thing about When We Wake is that is holds a pretty realistic vision of the future. This isn’t a dystopian novel where everything seems to have fallen apart. Instead you are presented with all the ways society has improved – our computers are better, Islamaphobia and homophobia have turned into relics of the past, meat is no longer consumed at the same ridiculous rate, we’ve taken steps, like humanure, to improve the environment. Like Tegan I was pretty excited to see that so many things had changed for the better. And Karen Healey backs up this vision of the future by surrounding Tegan with a cast of racially and sexually diverse characters. However, the future is no utopia either. Over population is still a concern. There is some pretty extreme discrimination against third world countries and refugees are shoved into camps with horrible conditions at the Australian border. The future it seems is just as disappointing as it is miraculous. Which is kind of what it’s like today. We presently make great advances in science, technology and policy, but there are always negatives as well – school shootings, terrorist attacks etc. There’s this really moving moment in When We Wake where Tegan says “”I wanted you to be better. You should be better.” And it’s true. 100 years from now we should be better. But I liked that Karen Healey provided us with the same sort of “give and take” society as we have now – just amped up a couple notches. Because in all honestly that’s the most likely scenario. I also really liked the way Karen Healey made use of the group the “Inheritors of the Earth.” A group with religious origins they argue for a return to the traditional ways. I liked that she used this group as a representation of the ways religion can get a little…extreme. But she also didn’t present them as evil per say, and took the time to note that groups like this have often twisted the original teachings of the faith they originated from. They shouldn’t be seen as universal representatives. (For example when people think creationists = all Christians. So annoying). It helps of course that at the heart of this story was an extremely likable narrator. Tegan is interesting, she’s independent, she loves the Beatles and she’s a fish out of water. She’s as new to this future as you are as the reader. Which means you can learn along with her, rather than having to read long explanations to set the scene. And I loved the breaks in the main narrative where Tegan is talking directly to you – her reader/viewer. It made When We Wake a much more personal read giving it a stronger impact. This is the beginning of a series and I am excited to see what’s next for Tegan. But I also kind of liked the ending the way it is. It’s so open ended and allows for so much discussion about many important issues. Recommendation: When We Wake is a really smart book. It addresses so many interesting issues like the ethics of cryogenics, responsibility to other nations, expectations on our government to tell us the truth and so many more. It’s exciting and interesting and filled with Beatles references. Highly recommended for science fiction fans and those who love to discuss the books they read. This and other reviews at More Than Just Magic (http://morethanjustmagic.org)
Date published: 2013-04-22