Friday, September 30, 2011

As I Wake by Elizabeth Scott

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iconThe first I heard of this book was when I saw it in my library's new ebook acquisitions, but I thought it looked intriguing, so I decided to try it out.

As I Wake is about a teenage girl who wakes up having lost her all her memories to amnesia.  The doctors can't explain what happened or why, but all she knows is that nothing about her life feels right.  As memories begin to come back to her, she becomes convinced that she is not the person her mom and friends say she is.

The way the book is written works very well with the plot.  The narration is pretty spare, and jumps back and forth between Ava's current life and her memories, as they begin to come back to her.  What I think is so amazing is that as the reader, you start out having no flippin' clue what is going on, yet still the author makes it so compelling that you can't help but keep reading, at least hoping that eventually you'll figure it all out.

It's the kind of book that's had me thinking about the implications for a long time after I finished.  I don't want to spoil anything by revealing what is going on, but honestly, I'm still not even sure — I've been working out some of the details in my head.  I like how the author doesn't draw a direct line from the questions she posed (Who am I? Where am I? etc.) to the answers, but leaves you to figure it out yourself, even though by the end of the book you still feel like you don't have all the answers.  The entire thing is genius.

Definitely a very different sort of YA dark fantasy.  Kudos to Elizabeth Scott for coming up with something so original!  I think a lot of teens and adults would enjoy this — it's quite the puzzle, trying to figure out what's going on!

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