Friday, May 23, 2014

Review: While We Run by Karen Healey

Author: Karen Healey
Title: While We Run
Series: When We Wake #2
Publication: May 27, 2014
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Source: Publisher
Abdi Taalib thought he was moving to Australia for a music scholarship. But after meeting the beautiful and brazen Tegan Oglietti, his world was turned upside down. Tegan's no ordinary girl - she died in 2027, only to be frozen and brought back to life in Abdi's time, 100 years later.

Now, all they want is for things to return to normal (or as normal as they can be), but the government has other ideas. Especially since the two just spilled the secrets behind Australia's cryonics project to the world. On the run, Abdi and Tegan have no idea who they can trust, and when they uncover startling new details about Project Ark, they realise thousands of lives may be in their hands.

A suspenseful, page-turning sequel to When We Wake that will keep readers on the edge of their seats and make them call into question their own ideas about morality - and mortality, too.

Abdi and Tegan are captives of a group named SADU, determined to keep the people in the dark about the Ark Project. They're forced to put on false faces to convince everyone that the truth they revealed in the first book is untrue and that more people should join in the cause. Sadly, as much as they want to tell the truth and rebel, the pain inflicted upon them is debilitating. It's interesting to see two strong characters suffer so much in this book because they believe in doing what's right. They're separated for a small part of the book as each has their own handler that ensures that they follow through on their assignments. Abdi has changed since book one and he's angrier but also emotionally wounded. What he experiences is horrifying and it's not something you hear many people talk about happening to boys but I liked how the author presents his perspective. I liked his voice and how he felt that he's being used for a cause and it was always about "Saving Tegan" but he was the person doing all the talking. It was so easy to feel what he felt and want him to go home with his family again. His life started getting complicated when he left to go to school in Australia but it changed when he met Tegan.  She is still herself, reckless and always diving headfirst into everything but the are cute together. As they try to get back what they lost, the will uncover the truth about the Ark Project and must decide to flee to safety or save the many lives in jeopardy in Australia. Overall, this story's well written and a good ending for these characters. 

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