When We Wake
By Karen Healey
Available March 2013
My name is Tegan Oglietti, and on the last day of my first lifetime, I was so, so happy.
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 government guinea pig to be cryonically frozen and successfully revived, which makes her an instant celebrity–even though all she wants to do is try to rebuild some semblance of a normal life. 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?
Award-winning author Karen Healey has created a haunting, cautionary tale of an inspiring protagonist living in a not-so-distant future that could easily be our own.
This Blonde’s Review:
Our lives can change in an instant. For Teagan that’s exactly what happened on what she thought was one of the best days of her life. She finds herself waking up in a hospital with no memory of what happened. Teagan had died and somehow been brought back to life.
Being brought back doesn’t feel like a new start for Teagan. It’s the end. Everyone she has ever known or loved is gone. The people who loved her lost her and some of their lives were changed forever because of it. She doesn’t know why she was brought back but she knows that nothing is what it should be.
Teagan was the kind of girl you can like, but not everyone would understand. She wanted to change the world and was willing to go do what she could to make it happen. Waking up in the future was nothing like she expected. Some of the laws are things she thinks are fantastic (humanure) but others leave her struggling to understand how they came to be. To make things harder for her, she’s a teenager who is more outdated than many of the adults in it.
Teagan is a passionate, stubborn, and determined girl. She manages to make a few friends and won’t give up on herself. When she stumbles into information she shouldn’t have about why she’s there, Teagan will do whatever it takes to bring it to light.
I enjoyed Karen Healey’s vision of a futuristic Australia. Some of the concepts that are introduced are things I had never thought of before but would be great for people to consider. It makes me wonder why I’d never heard of some of those ideas before. Other things aren’t so great, but I can also easily see how some of them can play out.
Teagan’s journey isn’t one that we can look at and figure it has to have a good ending. There is no way for her to ever go home, so going forward is all that’s left. With the information she has and the people who don’t want her to have it after her, there are only so many options left for her. I admit that I’m torn on the ending but with that information I have to say I think it was done very well.