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Friday, May 4, 2012

Review: Those That Wake by Jesse Karp

Those That Wake by Jesse Karp.

Those That Wake by Jesse Karp

Publication Date: March 2012
List Price: $8.99
ISBN-13: 9780547722009

Review: Imagine your family forgetting you ever existed. Those That Wake by Jesse Karp is a good book about a drab future where Mal's, Mike's, Laura's and Remark's relationships are severed. Karp's book details these difficulties in the drab setting of an electrically powerless New York City.

To weaken the main characters' future, a man in a suit, who currently dominates New York City, has erased the memories from Mal's, Mike's, Laura's and Remark's families. Therefore, they are left confused and alone. At the beginning of the book we meet Mal. He discovers his brother has been kidnapped. Laura, another main character, learns her parents no longer remember her. The final main characters, Mike and Remark, meet each other for the first time in a school. However, once inside the school, they are engulfed by shadows. But there aren't any people or objects to create the mysterious shadows. The characters spend the rest of their time trying to solve these mysteries.

Overall, Those That Wake is a good book. Although the book drifts off in some places, for the most part, it will keep readers hooked, making it difficult to put down. Therefore, this is one of the best science fiction books I have read. Unlike other sci-fi books, the story is unique because it doesn't focus on robots or aliens. It encompasses a future without electricity, detailing our reliance on technology. Furthermore, it focuses on relationships and the importance of staying connected with others. This book is a story with a lesson for all times; by working with others, anything is possible. Those That Wake by Jesse Karp is great for days at home, on the road or at the beach because it keeps you entertained for hours without boredom. Those That Wake by Jesse Karp is a must read for science fiction fans. I give it four out of five stars.

Review written by Max (6th grade student).

We would like to thank Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for providing a copy of Those That Wake for this review.

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