Friday, February 22, 2013

When We Wake

WHEN WE WAKE by Karen Healey. Little Brown, March 2013.

Teegan has been in love for exactly one day before she dies. Teeg and her friends headed off to a political rally never believing that violence might erupt. The last thing Teeg recalls is the sniper shot. Then darkness. Now, she is slowly regaining consciousness. Her eyes are not quite focusing yet, but she knows someone is in her room; it must b a hospital room. As Teeg slowly regains her sight, she knows things have changed. However, she is ill-prepared for the truth of her situation. Teeg has been cryogenically frozen for 100 years. Healey has crafted a wonderfully suspenseful look at science and the future, a future where the environment has paid the price for our excess use of fossil fuels, a future where water is in short supply, where meat is generally unavailable. But the focus of this novel is not the future in which Teeg finds herself, it is about the things that remain nearly constant: the need for friends, for love, for acceptance, for privacy.

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