Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Book Review: Middle Ground by Katie Kacvinsky (Awaken #2)

Middle Ground by Katie Kacvinsky
Published November 19th 2013 by HMH Books
Paperback, 336 Pages
For four weeks Maddie has been living in Los Angeles, trying to be good. But no matter how hard she tries, something inside her won't be sated. She can't live a life of half-truths and false pretenses. So one night, she says how she really feels.
That's all it takes. One night. One bad decision, and Maddie is thrown into a detention center where she's forced to undergo secretive treatment meant to squash her rebellious streak. The powers that be call it rehabilitation. Maddie calls it torture.
Alone, Maddie will not survive. But if she can find something to hold on to - an image of Justin, their love - maybe she can fight. And if she's really lucky, maybe she'll even win.
My Thoughts:
Middle Ground is as utterly captivating and lyrical as its predecessor. The Awaken series is probably one of the most unique dystopia’s I have read in a while. Since the initial hype of The Hunger Games and Divergent I've felt that a lot of authors have tried to gain success by writing something similar. Let me tell you now, this series is a refreshing read and a major eye opener. I found myself on the edge of my seat throughout this book and I couldn't help but want more! It was a fast paced, entertaining read that I highly recommend to anyone that’s looking for something new. 

I was impressed with this book which is unusual for a sequel. It had everything I was looking for and more, there was some freedom fighting awesomeness, heart-warming romance (It wasn't mushy in typical YA style!) and copious amounts of sarcasm. No doubt about it Kacvinskys writing has improved greatly since the previous novel. But that just means that it went from incredible to epic! 

The character development was outstanding; especially with the character of Maddie. Although she manages gets herself into some sticky situations I find her bravery inspiring. Though, I do think that she needs to think before she acts once in a while. Along with the original cast we are introduced to an array of newcomers in this book, they all had an interesting role to play and I think they each added a bit more depth to the plot. I particularly liked Gabe. 

When I first read Awaken my main thought was “Wow, what a thought provoking book” and this instalment only fuelled that thought further. It got me thinking about how much I rely on technology in my everyday life and that’s a lot! But do I really need all of this stuff to keep myself going? Who knows! 

Do you ever find yourself questioning your lifestyle after reading a book?


  1. I do like my sarcasm. I will definitely look into this series. I'm hesitant, sometimes, to dive into the YA genre BECAUSE of the mushy.


    1. You should definitely check out this series as it cuts out the lame romance and focuses more on the main storyline!


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