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Awakening by Karen Sandler

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Once a GEN (genetically engineered nonhuman) girl terrified of her first Assignment, Kayla is now a member of the Kinship, a secret organization of GENs, lowborns, and trueborns. Kayla travels on Kinship business, collecting information to further the cause of GEN freedom.

Despite Kayla’s relative freedom, she is still a slave to the trueborn ruling class. She rarely sees trueborn Devak, and any relationship between them is still strictly forbidden.

Kayla longs to be truly free, but other priorities have gotten in the way. A paradoxically deadly new virus has swept through GEN sectors—a disease only GENs catch. And GEN warrens and warehouses are being bombed, with only a scrawled clue: F.H.E. Freedom, Humanity, Equality.

With the virus and the bombings decimating the GEN community, freedom and love are put on the back burner as Kayla and her friends find a way to stop the killing . . . before it’s too late.

Goodreads Summary

I loved the diversity of Awakening, but was confused for most of my reading.  It is in the reader’s
best interest to read Tankborn, before picking up Awakening.  A lot happened in the earlier book that I wish I had been aware of before I read Awakening.  Other than that confusion, I really liked Awakening. 
Sandler has a great variety of characters and tells a good story.  Kayla is a Kinship spy, a
dangerous endeavor, and a horrible virus is on the loose.  Also, Kayla is unsure if Kinship is as good as it seems.  Kayla grows enormously as a character during Awakening and it was great to see!  Also
impressive is Sandler’s ability to weave together all the plots and intrigue taking place.  This book is
complicated, but Sandler kept all the plots moving together at a good pace.
My only complaint about the plot (besides my initial confusion) is that there was practically no
romance.  YA needs romance.  That being said, this is definitely young adult territory, although adult
readers could definitely enjoy Sandler’s work, too.  I am excited to read the next book; I expect things  will heat up between Kayla and the love interest!

4 out of 5 stars

"Reviewed by Kristin"

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  1. Susan T. said...:

    This sounds like a book i would really like. Thank you for the tip about reading the other book first. I hate feeling like I've missed something and being confused!

  1. Chelsea B. said...:

    I will be sure to pick up the first book!

  1. Then I will definitely read Tankborn first! Thanks for the review. This book sounds great :D

  1. Berenice said...:

    This one sounds interesting. The cover definitely grabs your attention. I'll have to check out the first book in the series. Fantastic review, thank you! =)