21 May 2012

As I Wake

Author: Elizabeth Scott
Series: Stand Alone
Genres: Dystopia, Science Fiction, Romance, Young Adult
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Released: 15 September 2011
Summary: via goodreads.com 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.
My Review: As I Wake is one of those novels that you either love or you hate. Unfortunately, although I am a huge Elizabeth Scott fan, I had an incredibly hard time with this one.
Scott relies so much on the idea of parallel universes without really explaining hers. In every novel I feel that if the author is going to introduce a new, or at least new to the novel concept they should at lease try to explain it. However, reading As I Wake is like walking into the mid season finale of a show that you’ve never seen and trying to catch yourself up on the past three seasons. I kept waiting for a big reveal scene that never came.
As I Wake is definitely more of a science fiction novel than anything else. And it left me wondering why Scott had left behind her Sarah Dessen-like characters for something like this. It was hard to understand and when a book comes in a not even three hundred pages it makes you wonder, if Scott had time to explain things why didn’t she? Why didn’t an editor tell her to?
Honestly, I picked this book up because I liked Scott’s past work, and because the cover was really gorgeous, but after reading it I felt confused. I would definitely pass.

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