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Publisher's Summary

"The Awoken is a phenomenal story—filled with action, romance, plot twists, and a few big juicy reveals!"—Issa Rae

A cinematic, speculative debut about a woman who undergoes cryogenic preservation at the time of her death and wakes up a century later in a world where her very life is a crime. 

When Alabine Rivers, a politically active young woman with a bright career and romance ahead of her, finds out the devastating news that she has terminal cancer, the only thing that gives her solace is the possibility of a second life through the emerging field of cryogenics. 

A century later, scientists have indeed discovered how to bring back the dead from preservation, but humanity has been locked in a philosophical battle over the ethics of this new Godlike power, a battle that has turned violent: those who are resurrected, the Awoken, have been declared illegal and are to be shot on sight. 

This is the world Alabine is brought into by the Resurrectionists, an underground militia fighting for the rights of the Awoken. Finding herself in a completely unfamiliar world, and one where she is an outsider for the first time in her life, Alabine must figure out how to survive and determine her place in this new world, all the while being haunted by lucid memories of her previous life and the man she loved. 

The Awoken is a gripping, action-packed story full of plot twists and high emotion. It's a look at prejudice, complicity, the fears that tear us apart, and the hope that can bring us together.

©2022 Katelyn Monroe Howes (P)2022 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

The Awoken is a phenomenal story—filled with action, romance, plot twists, and a few big juicy reveals! It is a heart-pounding tale that helps people not only process what is happening in the world around them, but also to understand how they can actively play their part to create a more accepting future. I can’t wait for readers to discover Alabine.” (Issa Rae)

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The publisher should have let the author finish it on her own schedule

The actual end was put in as an afterthought. I was disappointed in the whole missing part of the story being recapped and time jumped like a footnote. It had such potential. Perhaps I will read the story again when the author makes it into several volumes and actually TELLS the story instead of snipping and clipping it.

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What an original story!

The story itself was very original and I really enjoyed listening to the narrator, which to me can really make or break a great book.

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