Awakening by Shannon Duffy ~ Blog Tour Review & Giveaway ~ By Jaime!

By Shannon Duffy
Published on April 7, 2015
Published by Entangled Teen

A thrilling, thought-provoking novel, set in a unique and thought-provoking world, from author Shannon Duffy.
Desiree Six (because she was born on a Friday) believes in everything the Protectorate stands for. She likes the safety and security of having her entire life planned out - her career, her mate, even the date of her death. She doesn't even think to question when Darian, her childhood friend and neighbor, is convicted of murdering his parents.  They had seemed like such a loving family. But if he was convicted, then he must have done it.

Then Darian shows up in her room late one night. He has escaped from the Terrorscape - a nightmare machine used to punish all Noncompliants -  and need Desiree's help. What he tells her rocks her world to its core and makes her doubt everything she's ever been told. With this new information, will Desiree and Darian be able to escape the Protectorate before it's too late?

My Thoughts 

There are several words that I could use to describe Awakening; fun, adventurous, terrifying.
emotional. All of these are great descriptors, but they really don't do this awesome story the justice it deserves. As always, I am hesitant when I start a book by a new-to-me author, especially dystopians. Books like this one make me happy that I am still willing to give them a shot, despite of that hesitancy. I had a BLAST reading Awakening, and I can't wait for the next book in this awesome series!

Desiree Six Haven is a Sheep. She believes everything she has ever been told about the world that she lives in. She believes that the Protectorate is there to make every life a happy life, to take away the pain and suffering that happened in the Manic Age. The Protectorate chooses your life mate, they choose your date of death, your career. All you have to do is comply. It never crossed Desiree's mind to do otherwise, until a series of events happened that made her start to question everything. And those questions will change the course of her life, in drastic ways. She loses her innocence, and so much more. But will she gain Freedom?

Desiree was a fantastic character. She was human, she was a teenager, and she acted like one. She was also strong. She has a lot dumped on her, and the realization that her so much of her world was lie, was a huge blow. But she weathered the storm, and became a great heroine. I think we will see more of that in the next installment. When Darian shows up, she doesn't automatically believe what he has to say. But there have been questions in her head, and she didn't just blow him off. She searched for the truth, and she found it. She is a brave MC, and the type I would love to see more of in YA. 

Darian was also a great character. I loved him! He has been through unimaginable things, and yet he still has the ability to smile, and survive. He loves "Rae", and he is protective of her, but he also knows that she is capable. I loved the flashbacks to their childhood friendship, and I loved the development of their romance. And it is a sweet romance, forged in steel. 

Awakening truly is a great book. I enjoyed every single minute that I was immersed in this world. Shannon Duffy has the great ability to bring characters, and stories to life. She wrote a story that jumps right off the pages. The world-building was excellent, characterization was excellent. Man, I just have a serious love of this book. I wish that the sequel was in my hands, because I would be devouring it, asap. 

Thanks to YA Bound Book Tours, and the awesome author, for allowing me to be a part of this tour. Shannon Duffy is one of the few authors that is on my auto-buy! I have been waiting for a dystopian to get me out of my dysto-funk, and this one just did it! 

I would recommend Awakening to you if you are an adventure lover, a romance lover, a dystopian lover. If you love great characters, and world-building, with great pacing, and edge of your seat moments, I think you would love this book. There is some mild language, in a few instances, but other than that it is a clean story, great for teens. And adults, like me, too!


About the Author 

Author of MG and YA books full of adventure. I grew up on the east coast of Canada in the province of Newfoundland and now live in Ontario. I love writing, reading, fashion, fitness, and traveling. 


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