Awaken by Michelle Bryan



Author: Michelle Bryan
Published on: July 22, 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Dystopia, Apocalyptic, Post-Apocalyptic
Series: New Bloods Triology
Published by: Smashwords
ISBN: 1618687026
Pages: 194


Tara is a teenager in a broken world, searching for answers…and a future.

The Shift has destroyed the world. All that remains is the harsh and unforgiving sand lands. Food is scarce; water even more so. And Tara has just discovered that she has been lied to her entire life. The world as she know it does not exist. She is not the ordinary girl she thought herself to be. Instead, she is one of a unique breed known as New Bloods, revered by some and hunted by others.

Tara is no stranger to hardship. But when her village is destroyed and the young people taken by the merciless Prezedant, she quickly learns how much of a fighter she really is.

Now she embarks on a quest to find what remains of her family, with a ragtag fellowship of allies at her side
Finn, an orphaned boy who has a devil-cat as a pet
Tater, the dwarf storytelling trader who seems to know more than he is willing to admit
Jax, a surly young man who seems to hate everything about Tara.

The journey will be long and dangerous. It will change her destiny…and perhaps change the world.

Join Tara in her journey…and discover the secret of The New Bloods! 


I started off reading this book thinking that I wouldn’t really like it, and boy was I wrong. I got hooked into it after the first few chapters and didn’t want to put it down. The characters were different, and the setting was interesting. Another thing that stood out to me was the dialogue. The author puts a twist on different words to make you really imagine how the characters talked.

I thought the plot was well developed. It started off kind of slow, but I understand now how important that was to later scenes. It was mostly well developed, although at times I felt like it left some things open, but that could become clearer in later books, so I’m not sure if it was intentional or not.

All of the main characters I feel like had a good feel to them, and the way that they “spoke” gave me a good idea of what they were like as people. There were enough connections within the book to our current society that I could understand what the author was trying to get at.

Sometimes the dialogue that was presented was more annoying and cumbersome than it was helpful. Some of the words I felt were unnecessarily altered, when using proper English could have been just as effective. While this was a good story, nothing was completely remarkable about it. I plan to read the next two in the trilogy, but this one does not make my ultimate favorites. If you have time and want a good read, go for it!



4 out of 5 stars


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