What could have been an intriguing and thrilling story was instead robotic and odd. Of course we know why Noah is immediately “attracted” to Scarlett; he has to get close to her. But the insta-love that happens between them is shallow and melodramatic (and, let’s face it, yawn-inducing). Scarlett pretty much drops her friends (well, friend) the minute Noah strolls in. And, in all honesty, the thoughts that Noah expressed about Scarlett were just not ones you would expect from an older teen boy. I understand that he was supposed to be sheltered and a bit naive, but seriously. He was boring and bland and other than being incredibly handsome, I have no idea why Scarlett was attracted to him. Neither character is anything exciting.
So the cult. Yeah. These people are seriously wacko. As cults tend to be. But when Scarlett meets up with them and stuff happens that would seriously make you do all you could to leave, she plays along like she’s all cool with everything, but it’s all done in a weird way. She says she’s acting in a certain manner so they won’t suspect anything, but it doesn’t read that way. And where’s her phone? And why was she the center of the cult’s universe anyway? And how could she be with her parents and brother for so long without anyone looking for her or without causing suspicion? Why didn’t they initially tell the police?
There were no ups and downs in this story; it just traveled at an even keel the entire time. Things happened, for sure, but it was like I was watching this on a TV that had been tuned to the slow motion channel (All Slow Motion; All the Time!). I was told that they needed to hurry and hide and go go go, but the book just didn’t move. And all was tied up so nicely. Seriously, I was so surprised when I saw that I was 98% finished with the book and realized that nothing was going to happen. Ever. And seriously, whose favorite holiday is Easter? It was a little too much, considering the Scarlett’s place in the cult’s story.
Well, it does have a super cool cover. A+ for that.
And now, two of my favorite quotes. This first one is when she has to take a bath before her final ritual (you go, girl!):
…using most of the bubble bath up as my own little screw you.
and this one of the most self-absorbed teen on the planet:
My feet hurt, but it was nothing compared to the feeling of possibly losing Noah.
Awake by Natasha Preston was published August 4, 2015 by Sourcebooks Fire. A free copy of this book was given to Ink and Page in return for an honest review. Big thanks to the Publisher, the Author and NetGalley.
Genre: Young Adult Fiction Contemporary Thriller Romance
Ages: 13 and up
COYER Scavenger Hunt #29: Read a book with no magical or futuristic elements. (2 points)