While We Run – book review

While We Run book

Fast-paced and thrilling, While We Run is the second book in the When We Wake series by Karen Healey.

Abdi Taalib had received a music scholarship to come to Australia. When he met the beautiful Tegan Oglietti, his world turned upside down. Because Tegan is no ordinarily girl. Tegan died in 2027 and had been cryogenically frozen, only to wake up 100 years later, in Abdi’s time. Now, all that the pair wants is for things to return to normal so they can get on with their lives. After discovering the secrets behind Australia’s cryonics project to the world, Tegan and Abdi are on the run. They don’t know who they can trust. But worse than that, they soon discover that the lives of thousands of people may be in their hands…

I really enjoyed reading While We Run. This book was told from Abdi’s point of view, so this was really new and exciting. Abdi is a really thoughtful, diplomatic character that takes time to think things through and tries to see both sides of the equation. Tegan preferred to take action rather than think about consequences. It was really interesting being inside Abdi’s head because I loved to find out how he processes things and how he made decisions. It was very different as well, because Tegan would always express her emotions and clearly display what she was feeling, whereas Abdi would attempt to keep his anger inside him. I really liked reading this book from Abdi’s point of view, however sometimes I would get a bit confused because When We Wake was told from Tegan’s point of view. Sometimes Abdi would say something about Tegan and I’d have to be like: Hold on. I’m in Abdi’s head, not Tegan’s. Abdi, Abdi, Abdi! And sometimes I would think I was looking at an issue from Tegan’s point of view because I was so used to her point of view in When We Wake. The main reason why I liked this book was because of how action-packed it was. There was never a dull moment and I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. From the very beginning, there was non-stop drama. The whole book was extremely fast-paced. I felt that if I even blinked, I would miss something. This isn’t the type of book you can just skim over and get the idea of it. Some books don’t require you to think too much as you read them, but this one definitely does. I had to read this book slower than I normally would have because I simply needed time to process what was going on. One second, the characters would be in one place, a second later, they’d all be in a different place surrounded by different people. I found that if I wasn’t paying enough attention, I would miss something. This book was extremely action-packed and exciting from beginning to end.
I absolutely loved the start of this book. I was eager to know where Abdi and Tegan would be after what happened at the end of When We Wake. I thought it was the perfect start to this book. In the beginning, Abdi and Tegan are prisoners of the government and are forced to feed lies to the public. It was horrifying how they were being treated and at some points I cringed because of how brutally and awfully they were treating Abdi and Tegan. I hated how they were being treated, but at the same time, I loved how Karen Healey was able to make me feel so much hatred towards the government because of how Abdi and Tegan were being tortured and were suffering. Another part about this book that I loved was how it was set in the Australian countryside for the majority of this book. I loved how I could say I’d been to the places that Tegan and Abdi were going to. It made me feel even more connected to the storyline and to the characters. Like the last book, I loved all of the characters and I especially loved to hate some characters. Every character was different and dealt with situations differently. I liked how none of the characters were dull or unoriginal.
There was only one thing that I didn’t like about this book. It was that people of all different religions and sexual orientation in this book were talked about as though their religion or sexual orientation was their defining factor. I didn’t like how the author felt like she needed to keep pointing this out about people. This book does a good job of treating everyone fairly, I just felt as though we didn’t need to be constantly reminded of this fact. It’s good that it should be mentioned to show the reader that people who may considered to be different in our times are fully accepted in the future, although this shouldn’t be the defining point to a person. We shouldn’t need to keep pointing out these differences about people, the same as we wouldn’t need to be constantly reminded of one’s hair colour.
Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book. It was extremely fast-paced and I loved the plot. I’d give While We Run by Karen Healey as score of 8.5 out of 10. I definitely recommend reading this book if you have read When We Wake. If you haven’t read When We Wake yet, this is a really good series to get into!

Thank you to Allen & Unwin Publishers Australia for providing me with this book in exchange for an honest review!

When We Wake – book review

When We Wake

When We Wake is the fascinating and thrilling book, written by Karen Healey.

The year is 2027, and Tegan is enjoying her life. She loves to play the guitar, has great friends, is falling in love for the first time, and is about to attend a rally to protest about the wrongs of the world. Just when Tegan is at her happiest, her life shatters.

When Tegan wakes, she finds herself inside a government facility. She has no idea what happened and why she is here. And that isn’t the most shocking fact. Tegan soon learns that the year is 2128. She’s been cryogenically frozen and now has a second chance at life.

The world outside the facility is a very different place to where Tegan once lived. All alone, Tegan doesn’t know who to turn to for support. But when dark secrets are revealed, Tegan doesn’t know whether to not say anything and live, or fight for a better world.

I really liked reading this book. I hadn’t heard much about this book before, but the idea of the story intrigued me. I was engaged from the very beginning and I always wanted to know what was going to happen. Because I was so interested in this book, I swallowed this book whole in just one day, still wanting more.
The first chapter is when Tegan goes along to a rally with her friends. I learnt a lot about her and the type of world she lived in, even from that one chapter. I learnt that Tegan enjoyed good music, supported good causes, and lived a good life. Sooner than I expected, something shocking happened to Tegan. The next time she awoke she was in a bed in a government facility, surrounded by people she didn’t know… and the year was over a hundred years from when she had gone to the rally. I loved the beginning of this book. It grabbed me and didn’t let me go until I had turned the last page of the book.
The plot in this story was really impressive. Firstly, the future seemed really startling. I was shocked to see what Australia was like and I saw everything that went wrong. This was a major part of the story and I felt that every small detail about Australia in the future was amazingly thought through. The idea of cryogenically freezing people was really cool. Although I would have liked to know more about how they froze people and how Tegan miraculously woke up, unlike everyone else that has been frozen, I guess it was intriguing to leave it as mostly a mystery.
I liked the characters in this book. I really liked Tegan, the main character. She was a likable character and was determined to never stop asking questions. I enjoyed being inside Tegan’s head the whole time and seeing her try to use basic everyday items in the future that actually the now. It was also funny to hear some of the slang that people used in the year 2128 and how Tegan made an effort to learn it and use it. I loved seeing Tegan try to cope with what has happened and move forward with her life. I admired her bravery and courage in speaking up for what she believes is right. Marie, the person who was mainly responsible for Tegan, cared for Tegan like she was her own daughter. I loved Marie’s personality and how she tried her best to make Tegan’s life happy.
The only thing I didn’t like about this book was the amount of characters. It felt like there were so many characters in the story and I often found myself wondering which person was which. Some important moments were made less spectacular because I forgot what each person’s association to Tegan was. I’m going to read this book again and hopefully have a better grasp on the characters because I already know the storyline.
When We Wake was suspenseful, dramatic and had a fascinating concept.  I really enjoyed reading When We Wake by Karen Healey and I’d give it a score of 8.5 out of 10. I can’t wait to read the second book when it comes out!