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As I Wake by Elizabeth Scott

October 23rd, 2011 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Purchased myself

Publication date: September 15, 2011

Publisher: Dutton Juvenile

I give this book 2.5 out of 5 stars

Summary from Ava is welcomed home from the hospital by a doting mother, lively friends, and a crush finally beginning to show interest. There’s only one problem: Ava can’t remember any of them – and can’t shake the eerie feeling that she’s not who they say she is.

Ava struggles to break through her amnesiac haze as she goes through the motions of high-school life, but the memories that surface take place in a very different world, where Ava and familiar-faced friends are under constant scrutiny and no one can be trusted. Ava doesn’t know what to make of these visions, or of the boy who is at the center of them all, until he reappears in her life and offers answers . . . but only in exchange for her trust.

The premise to this book sounded amazing and I’ve been eagerly anticipating its release.  Unfortunately it did not quite meet my expectations and honestly just left me confused for the most part.  It’s possibly just the style in which the book was written that bothered me.  It’s very choppy as we follow Ava wake up and fall asleep and hop from memories to the present.  Nothing is ever really fully explained and the things that were seemed contradictory to what happens later in the book.  I wish there had been a little more world building like Ava talks about coming from the creche and obviously it’s a bad thing but it’s never really explained why and how does one make it out of there.  Then we find out she lived in a world where every is monitored to see if they are a threat to the people but unless I missed it there’s no explanation of why society is the way it is.  Was there some civil war or something that made everyone suspect of one another?

I also felt like most of the characters weren’t very well developed.  I never really got into the romance aspect and honestly am struggling to remember the guy’s name, Morgan, maybe?  We only see bits and pieces of him and honestly I don’t see what drew the two together and what make the two of them risk their lives for each other.

The worst part was the ending. The resolution made no sense to me and I’m still not sure how it came about.  Again maybe this style of writing just isn’t for me.  Admittedly I don’t have the best attention span and eye for details so maybe I was just missing a lot but this definitely wasn’t what I was expecting from the book.

Posted in 2 Star Books, Books, Dystopia, Young Adult

3 Responses

  1. Kailana

    I feel from reading your blog that there have been a lot of books lately you were excited about and wound up being disappointed in. That’s really too bad!

  2. Melissa V.

    I enjoy her books, and looking forward to reading this one. I hope I’m not disappointed either.

  3. Debbie's World of Books

    Kailana-I know! I wonder if I’m going in with too high of expectations or just having a bad run. Thank goodness Fateful was in there to break the rut :)

    Melissa-I hope you enjoy it more so. Elizabeth Scott definitely seems to have a distinct writing style that just might not be my thing.

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