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Awoken
     

Awoken

4.8 5
by Timothy Miller
 

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Fourteen-year-old Michael Stevens has never been ordinary; no orphan who hears music coming from rocks considers himself a typical teenager. But life gets a lot more complicated when two-foot-tall, albino, doll-like men sneak into his room one night, transforming the harmless music into a frightening ability he cannot control.

Soon, strangers in black suits begin

Overview

Fourteen-year-old Michael Stevens has never been ordinary; no orphan who hears music coming from rocks considers himself a typical teenager. But life gets a lot more complicated when two-foot-tall, albino, doll-like men sneak into his room one night, transforming the harmless music into a frightening ability he cannot control.

Soon, strangers in black suits begin to ask unsettling questions while unnatural animals with mismatched eyes haunt the streets. They are hunting, and not just Michael: anyone he cares about is in danger.

With the help of a mysterious drifter, an annoying girl he's accidentally mutated, and one of those creepy doll men, Michael finds himself in the middle of a war that could forever change the world he knows—reconstructing the very definition of humanity.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Siyana Minkova
This gripping tale tells the riveting story of Michael Stevens, a fourteen-year-old boy whose life starts to go south right around the time a bunch of two-foot-tall, albino, doll-like men sneak into his room. With its beautiful world building, deliciously evil villains, and compelling characters, this deceptively simple fantasy adventure is one readers will not want to miss. The writing is a little rusty, but the plot makes up for it. If there is one complaint, however, it is the age group for which this book claims to be written. The novel has the feel of a children's book rather than a young adult novel, along the lines of Bruce Coville, Kate DiCamillo, and Blue Balliett. That said, if readers enjoyed the mystical world of J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter, this action-packed page turner will probably appeal. Reviewer: Siyana Minkova, Teen Reviewer
VOYA - Barbara Fecteau
Awoken is a fast-paced, imaginative story that takes place in modern-day Michigan, but with some very important elemental differences. The hero, Michael Stevens, is an orphan who has heard strange music in his head for quite some time. His foster parents try to provide a loving home, but his years in the foster care system have made him distrustful. When some doll-like men approach him with the news that he is the Awoken, the only one who can bring order from the chaos caused by the evil VEN, the adventure begins. With the help of Lina, a girl stricken with a fast-acting mutation that threatens her humanity, and Diggs, a vagabond with a secret, Michael sets out to save an underground world, Lina, and the entire planet. The plot of Awoken, while filled with gaps and coincidences, moves along in a fashion that keeps readers on their toes. But the writing is so clumsy and the characterizations so one-note that it makes the book barely readable. The pop-culture references already feel dated, the dialogue is never realistic, and the descriptions are full of cliches and substandard language. The book is squeaky clean in the area of language and shy to the point of awkwardness in the brief "romantic" sections. But the violence is graphic at times, and Michael's conflicted feelings about killing his enemies seems tacked on and hardly sincere. The world Miller creates is interesting, and there is enough action and conflict to keep the reader interested, but the flaws in the writing pose a problem. Readers might want to finish it to find out what happens, but it is unlikely they are going to enjoy the journey. Reviewer: Barbara Fecteau

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781937053536
Publisher:
Spencer Hill Press
Publication date:
08/13/2013
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
11 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

Timothy Miller used to shock his teachers with his intellect, his lust for reading, and an insurmountable lack of interest in academic achievement. He left home at fifteen, worked at a dairy farm, a meatpacking plant, a pickle factory, a casino, and as a bouncer. While repairing telephone lines in New Orleans after Katrina, he began including stories in letters to his daughter. When he returned, he bought a laptop, learned to type, and found his universe forever changed.

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Awoken 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had fun with this book. Not what I expected, in a good way. Lots of action. Lots of page turners. Lots of cliffhangers. Good fun.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book gave me shivers, laughs, and the frequent "whoop whoop!" Great YA urban fantasy. Sort of Harry Potter meets Underworld, minus the vampires, and the spells. Okay, so maybe that wasn't a very good analogy, but there are plenty o' monsters and mystical lighting flying around in this bad boy. If you like a fast-paced story, this book is the ticket. Boo Ya
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First off, after reading this book, I am a little surprised to find I am the first to give a review of it on B&N. Be that as it may, this one took me by surprise. I'd never heard of this author, but he can write a YA fantasy with the best of them. Awoken was straight up action from start to finish. The story revolves around Michael, an orphan who possessed elemental powers over any stone, and Lina, a teenage girl who has been mutated by Michael's powers into something more than human. There are little albino men with silver eyes, who are sometimes cute, and sometimes downright terrifying. There are mutated animals, "Men in Black" type figures, hidden government organizations bent on ruling the world, evil scientists, and underground cities surrounded by fantastical flora fauna. I literally could not put this book down, and hammered this book out in one single long night. If you like YA fantasy, this book will not disappoint!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good YA fantasy. Lots of tension throughout. Both hero and herion are present, but I'd say this book is geared more for boys than for girls. A nice change from all the bleeding heart YA.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book! This book was a fast, fun, read. It takes off pretty quickly, so your not waiting long for a story to develop. I would almost say the story could slow down a bit to give the reader a chance to take a breath, but there is no denying that this one keeps you reading past your bed time.