Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky

Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky: Book Cover
(overview provided by Barnes and Noble)
Maddie lives in a world where everything is done on the computer. Work, school, even dating can be done from home, and people do not venture out. Maddie plays soccer, and likes the physicallity and comaraderie of team sports, but for the most part, she's okay with the solitary, digital life—until she meets Justin.
Justin likes being with people. He enjoys the physical closeness of face-to-face interactions. People aren't meant to be alone, he tells her.
Suddenly, Maddie feels something awakening inside her—a feeling that maybe there is a different, better way to live. And maybe it's his attentiveness, or the physical closeness of actually being with someone, or just that he's very good looking, but Madie is definitely drawn to Justin.
Then Madie uncovers the truth. Justin belongs to a group that wants to change the world, starting with destroying Digital School. Madeline's father created DS, and they know she doesn't fully support her dad's work. Plus, she can hack into his computer.
Madie feels used. Is Justin only with her because of who her father is? Or does he really have feelings for her as well?

I feel like such a hypocrite while I read this book.

I sit here and type on my computer using wi-fi, I own a smart phone in which I check my email, FB, blogs, kid's hockey schedules, and I text more than I make phone calls.  I'm even reading this book on my Nook.

I am loving it though - I love books that are both entertaining and make me think about my own life.    

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