Wednesday, August 15, 2012

As I Wake Review

As I Wake by Elizabeth Scott

Ava is welcomed home from the hospital by a doting mother, lively friends, and a crush finally beginning to show interest. There's only one problem: Ava can't remember any of them - and can't shake the eerie feeling that she's not who they say she is.

Ava struggles to break through her amnesiac haze as she goes through the motions of high-school life, but the memories that surface take place in a very different world, where Ava and familiar-faced friends are under constant scrutiny and no one can be trusted. Ava doesn't know what to make of these visions, or of the boy who is at the center of them all, until he reappears in her life and offers answers . . . but only in exchange for her trust.

2.5 out of 5 stars

Ava wakes up and doesn't know who she is or where she is. The doctors say that she may regain her memory, but she feels that she isn't where she belongs. She's having flashes of herself in another life, one where she has had to work hard to rise above her birth and gain the little bit of status and security she had, and not the life of a normal high school girl. Everyone in her life is also in her other life- the same but different. But she meets Morgan. He's not part of her world but she knows him in the other. Ava begins to unravel who she is and where she really belongs.

I just didn't like this book much. When I read the description online, I got the impression of a different story. In the end, it wasn't a book about a girl who has amnesia with a possibly unnatural cause.

It was actually about Ava from a dystopian dimension being forced into another dimension to take the place of the Ava who died by the evil grandmother of the boy she loves, Morgan. Morgan, who does not exist in her new world, comes after her to bring her back but is disappearing because he doesn't have a place there.

If this book had been what I thought it would be, I would have been fine with Ava constantly whining about not feeling like she belonged and her main concern being her attraction to Morgan. The problem for me was that the author set up this whole world that Ava belonged in and only gave flashes of it. There were a only a few scenes that seemed to be repeated over and over. Instead of exploring that world- her real world- the focus was, as I said, on Ava constantly talking about how she doesn't belong, having memory flashbacks that only dipped into her real life, and worrying about Morgan and her friends. She wasn't working to recover memories or find out how to get back.

There was also the concept of Ava's relocation from her dimension into another one. How was it done? While it was possible that the evil grandmother knew something that everyone else might not, there is just no depth to this. Morgan managed to do it, but then it should work the other way around and Morgan should have been able to tell her how.

*End Spoiler*

Ava and Morgan's interactions also bothered me. I could overlook the fact that Ava and Morgan's first meeting in her new world would not really yield much helpful information. What I couldn't get was that he did not tell her anything. Every time they were together Ava had another memory flashback and that was it. I hate when characters fail to get information that actual people would actually do just to drag out the story.

I also hated the ending.

There were also a few instances that seemed like bad editing- wrong punctuation, incorrect words and words left out of the sentences.

*Description and Picture from Goodreads

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