by Natasha Preston


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She's on the run from a past she can't remember in this thriller from Natasha Preston, the New York Times bestselling author of The Cellar and The Cabin!

Scarlett Garner doesn't remember anything before the age of four—until a car accident changes everything. She starts to remember pieces of a past that frighten her. A past her parents hid from her...and a secret that could get her killed.

Don't miss the next heart-pounding thriller from Natasha Preston, You Will Be Mine, coming February 2018!

Also by Natasha Preston:
The Cellar
The Cabin
You Will Be Mine

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492618522
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 08/04/2015
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 15,188
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile: HL620L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Natasha Preston is the New York Times bestselling author of The Cellar. A UK native, she discovered her love of writing when she shared a story online—and hasn't looked back. She enjoys writing romance, thrillers, gritty YA, and the occasional serial killer.

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Awake 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After reading the authors first book THE CELLAR, i was looking forward to her other books so i bought them all at once. This story is a very slow read, it doesn't capture interest as quickly as the other book does. Only on the ninth chapter and had to find something else to read. Not sure if i'll even finish cuz it's a snoozefest.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has so many twists and turns. It was an amazing book and I could not put it down. There was no point of this book that I was not interested. It was thrilling and mysterious. The hopeless love between Scarlett and Noah was great. It is an amzing book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm quite disappointed with this book if I'm being honest. I absolutely love Natasha Preston's book 'The Cellar', it's probably my favorite book of all time, so, I had high hopes for this book too. It's a decent book but not near as exciting or intriguing. I'm not quite finished with the book yet and I intend to finish it, however, I probably wouldn't recommend this to a friend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Once I started, I couldn't put it down. Hoping for a sequel!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the characters
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book took a bit for it to grasp my attention. Luckily the climax and ending where better enough to make up for it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good book. Love the author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing I enjoyed reading it with my friend and we could not stop reading Natasha Prestons book . It was very addictive and will keep you wondering what will happen . I recommend this book for teens . Awesome
KatieDuds More than 1 year ago
This book had so much potential but it just fell so short of my expectations, in my opinion. I had trouble connecting with the characters overall the main characters just seemed as bland and detached as the cult members. Even when the main character was telling the reader how she felt I just wasn't buying it. I also felt the author overused certain words, seemingly to get the point across but ins this case the words "damn" and "murder" have now lost all meaning to me. Maybe this book just wasn't for me.
katsindiebookblog More than 1 year ago
*** Gifted via Netgalley for my honest review *** This book is on the one hand an interesting idea, and I enjoyed reading it, but there were one or two issues that I had with the story... one being the age that she lost her memory - on Goodreads and NETGALLEY it says FIVE in the story it was FOUR? OK this is a bit of a minor point - but there should be a consistency - CHANGE the Blurbs to match the storyline. But this age/memory loss in itself is a bit of a issue with me (I don't remember much of my childhood under the age of 9) and I have asked both my kids and my husband, this question and they don't remember much if anything specific about their childhoods other than stories told by us and visual stimuli through photographs. that are mentioned on more than one occasion. I think its probably the case that its unusual for kids TO remember anything from their childhood before the age of 5 rather than not remembering. So anyway for the story told Scarlett Garner has no memories after a house fire that the family only just survived from. Her family do not talk about it and she is happy not to push, until she meets a new boy at school and he starts to question why she isn't more interested in why she can't remember, and then a car accident causes her to get flashbacks that cause her to want to learn more... So we have the New boy as I said, who's name is Noah, and at first he seems good for Scarlett, she begins to get more confident in herself, But Noah has a BIG secret... Will the blossoming relationship prove to be real or is it just a game to him with a hidden agenda that his family are orchestrating. The character development was a bit sparse, and when we delve into the reason for the secrets, I raised my eyebrows at some of the scenarios, i.e. UK and Ireland are not that huge or sparsely populated that a commune/cult would stay hidden. I think in the end the most memorable character in the story is Noah, Scarlett is naive and at times annoying but for me the thing that kept me reading was the internal struggle Noah had when we the reader realise his secret - which I don't want to elaborate on as I will spoil it for new readers. This is the first book I have read by Ms Preston, But I do have another Second Chance That I have on my TBR. As I said this is a good enjoyable thriller, but the age would have been much more believable if it had been set at an older age, and if it had been set in the USA, I could have believed that this cult could go under the radar a bit more. The ending gets quite tense and I do wonder if Ms Preston intends on writing another novel about these characters, as there is one tiny part that is left unexplained, and if she did I would want to read it to find out what happened to that particular character.
Archaeolibrarian More than 1 year ago
This book has all the ingredients for a good Young Adult Thriller, but for me, it just didn't quite work out that way. Perhaps it was the insta-love going on, with marriage mentioned very quickly into their 'relationship'. Perhaps it was the best friend who wasn't a best friend at all that I actually felt sorry for. Perhaps it was the dodgy behaviour of the main characters. I don't know. It just didn't quite work for me. There is also the fact that Scarlett makes a HUGE deal about not remembering anything before she was four, but has no hesitation in talking about it to a complete stranger at the first opportunity. An interesting premise, with a cult aspect, that just didn't work for me. Try it for yourself though, don't take my word for it! * I received this book from NetGalley in return for a fair and honest review. * Merissa Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really loved the loved this book.
WhatsBeyondForks More than 1 year ago
Awake is the first book I've read by Natasha Preston, and I found it pretty entertaining. Scarlett is a girl who sticks to her goals. If she wants to do or know something, in this case remembering her memories, she's going to do it. I liked her for that. I'm not sure why she was so worried about the memories to begin with. I have memories from when I was 2 or 3, but they are few and far between. I think making her a little older than 4 when she lost her memories would be more disturbing. Noah was an okay character by himself. The thing that didn't make sense to me was his purpose. His job was to make Scarlett fall in love with him so he could gain her trust and kidnap her back to his cult to be sacrificed. Now this is just me, but I think there are many other more efficient ways to fictionally kidnap someone than to send a teenage boy to seduce a teenage girl so she'll run away with him. That seems like you're just setting him up to fail to me. Yes they had insta-love,but that didn't bother me so much as Noah's purpose. There wasn't a cliffhanger, but it's definitely left open for more. I would read the next book. I'm curious. The ARC of Awake by Natasha Preston was kindly provided to me by the publisher for review. The opinions are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hoping for a sequel I honestly couldn't pull my head out of this book it was amazing! The author just pulls you into another world. This was the 10th book from this author I have read. Just amazing!
eternalised More than 1 year ago
Very dissapointing book. The best friends don’t act like best friends at all. The plot is cringe-worthy. The heroine is an idiot, the love interest is just plain creepy, it has instalove, and on top of that, the book suffers from a severe case of Mary Sue syndrome. How about hell no? I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
MorrisMorgan More than 1 year ago
“Awake” has a very promising, creepy plot revolving around a girl with four years of missing memories and a cult. Unfortunately, I found it somewhat lacking in certain areas. Scarlett and Noah are the main characters, and the story is told using both points of view. Neither character came across as particularly well-developed, but I actually enjoyed Noah quite a bit anyway and wish more time was devoted to developing him. Scarlett, on the other hand, was not likable at all. She is presented as well-loved and desired in some way by all of those around her, and I can’t help but wonder if there is something wrong with the water causing them to hallucinate these qualities. Add to it an instalove situation and my irritation with her became unbearable. The thing that redeems the book and fulfills the creepy promise made in the summary is the cult itself. I would have loved to learn more about it from other perspectives. The author does an excellent job of presenting why people may be lured into it initially, which is not easy to do considering the reader already knows they are not completely (or even remotely) sane. If there were more stories written about them, I would be happy to read them. Overall, “Awake” was not a book for me, but it is a quick and easy read. I won’t discourage anyone who likes books about fringe beliefs or who doesn’t mind instalove from giving it a try, because many readers will enjoy it. This review is based upon a complimentary copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
KeriQ More than 1 year ago
Intriguing! An interesting look into how love can change a person's beliefs and how those beliefs can damage a person's love.
Skye444 More than 1 year ago
The cellar was such an amazing book I expected this one to be amazing as well. I was wrong. Personally I found Scarlett to be a very weak character. And honestly no one remembers anything when they were four, so I didn't understand why she was so hung up over her not remembering. And really if you were being driven to a crazy cult that wanted to sacrifice you wouldn't you fight back or try to escape. Well, with Scarlett she just curled up into a ball and went along with it. I honestly regret buying this book.
Cecile-Sune-Book-Obsessed More than 1 year ago
Scarlett is a normal 16-year-old girl living in England and going to high school. Except she can’t remember the first four years of her life. All she knows is that there was a fire, and it seems to have erased all her memories of her early years. Now there’s a new boy in her class. His name is Noah, and he is gorgeous. He is immediately interested in Scarlett, and they start going out. But Noah has chosen Scarlett for a reason, and he has a mission to fulfil for Eternal Light, the sect he belongs to. In fact, Scarlett is the Light, the key to eternal life, and Noah needs to bring her back to the commune for the sacrifice. Awake is a young adult fiction for readers 16 years and older. The story is alternatively told from Scarlett and Noah’s points of view. This allows the reader to enter Noah’s conflicted mind and see the reasoning behind his actions. I have always been interested in how intelligent people could end up in a sect and believe their guru without questions, so I thought this novel was fascinating. However, the whole premise of the book was a bit shaky. Most people usually don’t remember the first 4 years of their lives. I certainly don’t. Maybe it would have been better that Scarlett be older when the fire happened, say 8 years old for example. I also thought that it was odd that Scarlett confided in Noah from day one and told him about her loss of memory. On the whole though, it was an entertaining read with a gripping subject. Awake was sent to me for free in exchange for an honest review. Please go to my blog, Cecile Sune - Bookobsessed, if you would like to read more reviews or discover fun facts about books and authors.
Autumn2 More than 1 year ago
I received this book via NetGalley to give an honest review. The synopsis really called out to me on this one. I was very interested in reading about a cult and seeing how Scarlett would be able to handle it all. I liked the premises of how Scarlett didn't remember anything before she was four but we learn why. When a new kid named Noah comes into the school he not only befriends Scarlett but they both end up falling in love with each other. Noah has secrete intentions that we learn later on what they are but will it be too late for Scarlett to find them out? We learn more about the cult later on in the book on what they believe and why Scarlett is in the middle of it all. I gave this book a three rating as sometimes it just seemed to be too out there. You have Scarlett and her best friend Imogen but they don't really seem like best friends. When they first meet Noah he takes more interest in Scarlett than Imogen and she becomes jealous? It was kind of one of those things like um really? I found it weird that she opened up to Noah so quickly about the accident and not remembering anything. I figured that maybe Noah and Scarlett would have taken it slow even though Noah was on a time limit. It just seemed so rushed. Heck Scarlett didn't even truly question Noah when he kept bringing up her memory and why couldn't she remember. I think if the guy I am liking kept asking me I would start getting suspicious. I also found it weird that her parents were not more suspicious of Noah or people in general as they have moved so much because of the cult. Though overall it was a good book though I wish there was more to cult and that some of the scenes could have been believable I will check out more from this author to see what other works she has in play.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
Hmmmm. Well... Interesting premise. I liked the premise; it definitely piqued my interest. But then the questions started... Like does anyone have a wealth of memories from the age of four and earlier? Seriously, I just asked two sixteen-year-olds, thinking maybe considerably younger individuals would have better recall, but no. Yet it's a huge deal in this book, the fact that she remembers nothing from before she was five years old. And why on earth do the Eternal Light people believe what they believe? All the characters keep saying that Scarlett will understand and believe once it's explained to her, but we never get that explanation, even if she does. Quite frankly, I can't see leader charisma alone making 30+ people go along with that sheer craziness. Not to mention the homicide. Throw in a heavy dose of insta-love, and some really questionable best friend behavior, unreasonable teenage anger toward the two people who saved her from death at age four, Noah's magic turnaround, and did I mention the crazy cult people? was a quick read, for all its 300+ pages. But so much of it just didn't make sense that I can't give it more than two stars. Rating: 2 stars / C- I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
DownrightDystopian More than 1 year ago
**Thank you to Sourcebooks Fire for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!** I was a bit worried going into this book because I had heard so many negative reviews, though I honestly enjoyed this book. Awake follows Scarlett, who happens to be the daughter of two crazy people who started this cult. The people she's living with now, whom she calls mom and dad, are not her actual parents, though she doesn't know this. The second that Noah moves to town (which is literally within the first five pages of the book), she falls for him. Basically this book follows Scarlett as she realizes what her family history really is. I can definitely see why some people didn't enjoy this book much, because there were a few things I was a bit iffy about as well. First of all, the insta-love. They literally fall in love with each other right when they meet, which was a bit annoying. I'm sure that some people do fall in love with each other as soon as they meet, but it's not exactly realistic and common. Secondly, I didn't find it that odd that Scarlett didn't remember anything from before the age of five. I'm pretty sure I don't really remember anything before the age of five, besides faint memories. I just think that it's not something that's uncommon and not something that should be freaked out about. However, it's not often that I read a thriller/mystery without being able to find out what's going to happen next, like this book. I didn't exactly know what was going to happen, so that was something new for me that I actually liked. I did enjoy the multiple view points as well, between Noah and Scarlett. I do wish that the cult wasn't mentioned in the summary though, because that made me know what was somewhat part of the mystery. I wish that at least the point of it being run by her biological parents wasn't mentioned. Despite some of the downfalls, I fairly enjoyed this book and that's why I'm giving it three stars.
BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
**I received an ARC of this story in exchange for an honest review** Scarlett noticed the new boy at school, whose name was Noah. Scarlett remembers nothing before the age of 4. There was a house fire and she and her brother Jeremy had smoke inhalation. When she woke up, she couldn't remember anything. Scarlett was starting to remember bits and pieces of her past and it wouldn't leave her alone. In all the story, Scarlett grew. She had a lot happen to her, but in the end, she trusted in love. She was caring and loyal. She was definitely a good character. Noah had a role to play and tried, but feelings got involved. He was loyal, but tore as to what he should be loyal to. He had been caring, he did what he thought was right. Love showed him the answer. He was a great character. All of the characters were great in this story, even the villains. It was a really good plot and overall story. I highly recommend.
Deb-Krenzer More than 1 year ago
This was just okay for me. When it started out, I thought Noah was big trouble for Scarlett in that he hurt females. But, it went a different way. One I did not see coming. I think there many parts of this book that just drug out TOO long. Honestly, I couldn't wait to finish it, because I know I have better books on my TBR pile. Thanks Sourcebooks and Net Galley for providing me with this free e-galley in exchange for an honest review.