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!