Awaken: New Bloods Trilogy book 1

 
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10+
Release Date
July 21, 2015
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9781618687029
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Tara, a teenage girl in a broken world, struggles to survive as she searches for answers. Her village is destroyed and she’s just discovered that she is one of a unique breed known as New Bloods, revered by some and hunted by others. Now, traveling with a ragtag fellowship of allies, she embarks on a dangerous journey through a harsh world. It will change her destiny…and perhaps change the world.

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Grabbed me from the very beginning
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This book was fantastic. It has some of the typical elements of a dystopian/post-apocalyptic storyline, but it's not a "typical" story. The unique details of the world Michelle Bryan has created are fascinating and the twists and turns of the plot are gripping. Every time I thought I knew where things were going, I was surprised by a new development. I can't wait for the next book!
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An Absolute Gem
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I have, this year, become a huge fan of YA Dystopian stories. I have been fortunate to read some gems in the last few months, including T.D. Shields' "Into Shadow" and Kayla Howarth's "Institute" series. This past week I tackled Michelle Bryan's "Awaken", and I enjoyed it immensely.

Set in the far future, the story centers on Tara, a teenage girl living in a peaceful community of farmers who scratch out a living in the wasteland of a devastated world. But her world is rocked when an evil ruler from a distant land sends soldiers to her home to kidnap young people and slaughter everyone else.

Alone and afraid, Tara must find her way through the treacherous landscape, finding unlikely allies along the way, in hopes of tracking down her missing kin. And as if that wasn't enough, she begins to realize that she is very special indeed, and that the future of their entire world may depend on her.

It did take a while to get used to the speech patterns of the main characters of this story, which is told in the first person from Tara's POV. Somewhat resembling the drawl of the American rural south, it does add an endearing, humble quality to the narrative, and once one gets used to it, it makes the transition easier.

The story is well-told, exciting, and full of well-fleshed-out characters. The story ends on a terrific note, and my appetite for the next chapter has been whetted, so please, get cracking, Ms. Bryan! Well done!
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