Author: Sarah Noffke
Series: The Lucidites
Genre: YA Fantasy
PEEK- A- BOO:
Around the world, humans are hallucinating after sleepless nights.
In a sterile, underground institute the forecasters keep reporting the same events.
And in the backwoods of Texas, a sixteen-year-old girl is about to be caught up in a fierce, ethereal battle.
Meet Roya Stark. She drowns every night in her dreams, spends her hours reading classic literature to avoid her family’s ridicule, and is prone to premonitions—which are becoming more frequent. And now her dreams are filled with strangers offering to reveal what she has always wanted to know: Who is she? That’s the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out. But will Roya live to regret learning the truth?
MY TAKE ON AWOKEN:
After reading the prologue and first few paragraphs of the first chapter, I rubbed my hands with glee and was extremely excited for the story to unfold… when in the next minute, after reading the next paragraph, all my joy went spiraling down in a rabbit hole.
It’s about a young teenager named Roya Stark, who is a dream traveller. She is prophesied to be the savior of all dream-travellers against Zhuang- the villain. In order to prepare her, she is enlisted in an institute which specializes in the training of Lucidites (the community of Dream travelers). She becomes a part of the team of six people and works hard to become ready for the D-Day.
Not so impressive bunch of characters. It was unbelievable for me also, when I realized that there were only two characters who actually stayed with me, after completing the book… None of them was the protagonist. Characters of Ren and Joseph made a much better mark.
Roya Stark did not make an impact on me. Her personality was erratic. Sometimes she came out to be a mature person as per her age with calm demeanor; sometimes she came as a short-tempered, fire-spitting hot head. The roller-coaster ride of her temperament irked me more because of the time period of the story. I failed to understand the change in tempers within 30 days. Can it happen? Can a person who has been outlined as a calm loner who is unable to voice her opinions, has doubts about everything around her… (in a period of fewer than 30 days) …can also be the one who screams and hits her known ones without thinking twice?
I liked Ren for his sarcastic dialogues. His mysterious sorrowful past shrouds like a blanket around him thereby engaging the reader to know more about this character.
Joseph, on the other hand, had a lively and friendly persona which makes you feel comfortable instantly. Although he had a bitter childhood, he didn’t allow that bitterness to seep in his character.
A very good beginning. It compels you to sit down and start reading the book.
The descriptions of dream traveling and the variations of layers in the dream were exquisitely written. The journeys of dream traveling are magnificent, especially the silver tunnel. There were many parts of the story, where I was able to visualize the whole scene coming up in front of my eyes like a movie.
“A flash: Zhuang strides at my three o’clock. His black and white robes flap around him like flags as he charges through unaware Middlings. Water displaced from his slippered feet splashes onto nearby bricks.”
* There were so many unanswered parts in the whole story…
– Whom was Roya seeing in the dark, at the beginning of the story?
– Whom did she ring up after this?
– What frightening dreams was she actually seeing which made it necessary for her to be in the institute?
– “I wouldn’t believe any of this was real if it wasn’t for the two-inch gash in my arm.”
How and when did she get this gash in her arm?
– “Did you decipher the riddle on your own?” Shuman says
and, so much more…
*There were many moments within the book when a particular cast was referring to an incident which had occurred before and of which I had no clue… It was so frustrating!!! I felt that I had been just dropped in the middle of an ongoing story.
*The end battle, which was the focal point of the whole story, was a let-down for me. Honestly, after reading about everything revolving around the D-day – be it the selection of the Lucidites, tests to find the best among them, their vigorous training, development of latest devices – I was hoping it to be something really ferocious. Instead, I felt it more like ‘Catch me if you can’ race where the villain is just playing around with the challenger. The last moments of the battle gave me hope of something deadlier with all the punches and kicks flying around, but that too ended in a blink of an eye.
*The book gave me feels of the movie ‘The Matrix’ where Keanu Reeves is an ordinary guy who is suddenly brought into the world unknown to him and told by everyone that he is ‘the one’. He also is projected virtually into various places and has to defeat or fight with the bad guys. Somehow, I was remembering that movie every now and then while reading this book.
All in all, the idea of this book was great. The talent of the author in describing the scenes with such clarity was incomparable. But, I couldn’t enjoy the book as much as I wanted to due to certain loopholes within the story which kept boggling me till the end.
If you love to dream and fantasize about traveling in dreams… Read Awoken
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Sarah Noffke writes YA & NA sci-fi, fantasy and dystopian. She is the author of the Lucidites, Reverians, Ren, and Vagabond Circus series. She’s been everything from a corporate manager to a hippie. Her taste for adventure has taken her all over the world. If you can’t find her at the gym, then she’s probably at the frozen yogurt shop. If you can’t find her there then she probably doesn’t want to be found. She is a self-proclaimed hermit, with spontaneous urges to socialize during full moons and when Mercury is in retrograde. Sarah lives in Central California with her family.