Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Awake by Natasha Preston | Book Review

Awake by Natasha Preston

Reading Group: High School+

Personal Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

Given Summary: Don't miss the latest gripping, high-stakes thriller from Wattpad sensation Natasha Preston, author of the New York Times Bestseller, The Cellar

Of course, the dress was white. This is what I'm supposed to die in, I thought. Not many people knew what their last outfit would be.
I pulled it over my head. It fit me perfectly. It had long, loose fitting sleeves, a modest neckline, and waves of material on the skirt. I hated it.
There were no shoes, and I was afraid I'd have to run through the forest barefoot but there weren't a lot of options. Besides, I'd run barefoot over a bed of nails to get away.
"Scarlett, are you ready?" he called.
I looked in the mirror and took a deep breath. Time to fight for my life.
Scarlett Garner doesn't remember anything before the age of four-until a car accident changes everything. She starts to remember pieces of a past that frighten her. A past her parents hid from her...and a secret that could get her killed.

Cover: The cover of this novel is very similar to that of The Cellar with the flower and dark background.  There is also some barbed wire over the flower, as a symbol of keeping it in, or keeping the members of Eternal Light in the commune.

My Review: This book was absolutely riveting.  I knew early on that Noah needed Scarlett for something and that she was going to be sacrificed, but my mind instantly went to the supernatural, like vampires or something.  The fact that it was a cult was astounding to me.  I tend to forget that cults are actually real and not something that used to be or just something for a good TV storyline.  It was absolutely genius.  Also, Noah and Scarlett were just so cute, which is exactly how I felt about Summer and Lewis so I guess I just really like the couples Natasha Preston is able to come up with.  And the fact that Noah was able to turn away from everything he ever knew for her must have been so hard.  We believe what we're taught and although it may be easy for outsiders to think that human sacrifice is horrific and has no effect on our lives, human sacrifice was a very common thing at one point in time across many different cultures.  Coming out of the cult for Noah would be like if someone explained to you one day that two plus three was actually seven.  It would go against everything you've ever been taught and not many people would be willing to have their minds changed like that.  But Noah, like Scarlett's nonbiological parents, was able to take a step back and question everything he ever knew.  And because of that he was able to save Scarlett's life.  This book was super interesting and I would 100% recommend it, but I do think it needs a sequel and I have a fees reasons.  First of all, Noah and Scarlett are super cute and I would love to read more about them.  Second, the ending is set up with the cliffhanger that Scarlett is going to do whatever it takes to find Evelyn, and because she wasn't found by the time of the epilogue I think it needs to happen in a new novel.  Lastly, when Scarlett is waiting to see Noah in the hospital a nurse says that thirty-seven of Eternal Light were found, but there were thirty-eight without Noah and Scarlett which means someone got away and I think it's Finn.  He just seemed to know more than he let on.  Scarlett was wary of him when she was talking to him.  And he never adjusted to living outside of the commune and his brother was the reason the sacrifice got away, the cult was disbanded, and his father was arrested, so if anyone was out for revenge I think Finn would be it.  What do you think?

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