As I Wake

Elizabeth Scott. Dutton, $16.99 (288p) ISBN 978-0-525-42209-9
When 17-year-old Ava awakens in an unfamiliar house with a woman she doesn't know claiming to be her mother, the stage is set for what proves to be both a gripping thriller and swoony love story, a doomed romance with a touch of science fiction. Tension builds from the outset, as Ava tries to come to grips with the amnesia she's diagnosed with, as well as her hazy memories of a very different world—one in which she vaguely remembers certain people from her "new" life and where pervasive governmental surveillance is the norm. When a mystery boy, Morgan, appears, Ava begins to unravel where she came from, who she is, and who she wants to be, choices that will resonate for teens who, like Ava, may at times feel like strangers in their own lives. Readers might think they know where the story is going, but Scott (Between Here and Forever) succeeds in weaving an unpredictable course that will have them on the edge of their seats, and fully satisfied when the answers come. Ages 14–up. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 07/04/2011
Release date: 09/01/2011
Genre: Children's
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