Wednesday, 26 March 2014

AUSSIE BLOG TOUR!! While We Run by Karen Healey

While We Run (When We Wake #2)
Released: 1 April 2014
Genre: Dystopian, Romance, Science Fiction
Publisher: Allen & Unwin Australia
At the Other End:
It's 2127, and the future is at stake. But Abdi and Tegan must save themselves before they can save the world.

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.


Author Bio:
Karen Healey, a New Zealander living in Australia, is the author of the critically acclaimed Guardian of the Dead and The Shattering.  She likes sundresses, researching world-ending apocalyptic scenarios, and books about lady spies. She doesn't like library fines.
Check out my guest post with Karen about Cryonics!

Find Karen:

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Sum Up:
A great companion to When We Wake and shows us just how powerful words are.

Behind the 338 Pages
I honestly don't know what to say about this novel. It was good, but then it wasn't at the same time. There are points in this book, where it kind of gets boring. I had the same issues in this book as I did with the first. Where is the details on the surroundings? The only thing that I could tell that it was set in the future, was from the bushfires being so bad and the technology in the safe house.

Most, sorry let me correct that, ALL of this book was practically politics. Every aspect of this novel is strictly political. But it's not in a typical dystopian way, it's thrown in our face at every spare moment. Healey goes overboard with all the political drama and it just makes it all so so boring. I got bored reading this book at times. I kept thinking when I started, is this all that's going to be in the book? They are held hostage to the government and that's it?? Seriously!

In this book, we are viewing it all from Abdi's point of view. Once we are a few chapters in, we can tell that from the way his mother taught him, that there would be political thinking going on. I understand why there is so much talk on politics in this book, it goes with the main character, but when we don't sign up for a book on just politics, even the main character gets boring. Tegan made me angry at the start of this book, and so did Abdi, not because of not doing anything in their situation, but for thinking the way that he did. We didn't connect with Abdi at all, we could guess at the things that he was hiding and were questioning why he would do something that is like another traumatic occurrence from the start of the book. I didn't get shocked at some of the things that he said, or the plans that they came up with. Ok, it got better towards the end when they were actually doing something.

It isn't until the end of the book that things start to pick up a bit. We see a little bit of action, but not as much as we would like, and the plot actually starts to get somewhere. Most of the actual action at the end is through the power of words and manipulation. You can do anything with the right poker face and tone of your voice. Abdi has that, he has both the mind and the voice to carry his plan out.

Overally, this book was sitting on the fence for me, but the ending just kind of pushed it up a little for me. The ending left off for either another book, yet even if this is just a duo, we wouldn't be disappointed.

You can buy While We Run from all good bookshops and online!

What's Next:
When We Wake (When We Wake #1)
Behind 291 Pages
Released: 27 January 2013
Genre: Dystopian, Romance, Science Fiction
Publisher: Allen & Unwin Australia
At the Other End:
The last thing Tegan remembers is the crack as the gun went off, intense pain, and everything fading to black. One hundred years later, she wakes up. A fast-paced near-future romance. 

Sixteen-year-old Tegan is just like every other girl living in 2027 - she's happiest when playing the guitar, she's falling in love for the first time, and she's joining her friends to protest the wrongs of the world: environmental collapse, social discrimination, and political injustice. 

But on what should have been the best day of Tegan's life, she dies - and wakes up a hundred years in the future, locked in a government facility with no idea what happened.

Tegan is the first person to be cryonically frozen and successfully revived, which makes her an instant celebrity - though all she wants is to rebuild some semblance of a normal life ... 

including spending as much time as possible with musically gifted Abdi, even if he does seem to hate the sight of her. But the future isn't all she hoped it would be, and when appalling secrets come to light, Tegan must make a choice: Does she keep her head down and survive, or fight for a better future.

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This novel was received for review via Allen & Unwin Australia. This review is entirely my own, no bribery or any deals have been made to sway this review or change my personal opinion of the novel.

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