Thursday, October 13, 2011

Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky

Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky
Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky is set in a futuristic America where everything is done on computers. The universe has gone digital walks along the beach, hiking, dates, tutoring, and most importantly school. The outside world is unknown and scary to most...why would you want to be unplugged? Rebellious Madeline's father is the creator of DS, the digital school that provides safety and equality to all through education. This is Madeline's life, but when she meets face to face with a boy she met on the internet he introduces her to the life that she has been missing. Maybe this new technlogically enhanced world isn't keeping everyone safe, but slowly taking everything away that makes us human.

I really enjoyed Awaken and it really hit home. Madeline was easy to relate to despite living in such a different place. With the technological advancements of today this type of future isn't that hard to imagine. We shop online, date online, go to school online, use video games as exercise aids. There seems to be little difference.This book makes you think of all that would be missed and the little things that we take for granted: cars, trees, sports, books, grass, fire, sunsets, salty beach air, being face to face with friends, and the touch of another human. This book was amazing and all who are growing up in this digital age should read it.

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