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{January 24, 2012}   {Review} Those That Wake by Jesse Karp

From Goodreads: New York City’s spirit has been crushed. People walk the streets with their heads down, withdrawing from one another and into the cold comfort of technology. Teenagers Mal and Laura have grown up in this reality. They’ve never met. Seemingly, they never will.

But on the same day Mal learns his brother has disappeared, Laura discovers her parents have forgotten her. Both begin a search for their families that leads them to the same truth: someone or something has wiped the teens from the memories of every person they have ever known. Thrown together, Mal and Laura must find common ground as they attempt to reclaim their pasts.

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This novel was completely new and different, and I enjoyed that aspect of it a lot.  I was drawn into the story by the characters as they struggle through their daily lives until they realize they have been forgotten by all.  At that point, all hell breaks loose and I liked that the characters reacted in much the same way that I imagine I would react, completely freaking out.  It added validity to this fantastical novel, and I found it quite interesting as the characters began to piece everything together, slowly, until they realize exactly what has happened.  It’s quite an interesting novel and I think it’s very well written, though I must be honest and admit that the last quarter of the book lost me.  I’m not sure if it’s reader error or not, I may have just missed an important section somehow, but all of a sudden I found I wasn’t making the needed connections within the story to understand the multiple, quick succession of developments that the novel employs.  I don’t think this necessarily ruined the story, but it did leave me feeling a bit bewildered.  Three stars.  

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has been extremely gracious in allowing me to read a copy of this novel, via Netgalley.

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