Awoken (The Lucidites Series #1)

Awoken (The Lucidites Series #1)

by Sarah Noffke


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"One of Ten Self-Published Young Adult Novels That Need To Be On Your Radar." - Bustle

Around the world humans are hallucinating after sleepless nights.

In a sterile, underground institute the forecasters keep reporting the same events.

And in the backwoods of Texas, a sixteen-year-old girl is about to be caught up in a fierce, ethereal battle.

Meet Roya Stark. She drowns every night in her dreams, spends her hours reading classic literature to avoid her family's ridicule, and is prone to premonitions-which are becoming more frequent. And now her dreams are filled with strangers offering to reveal what she has always wanted to know: Who is she? That's the question that haunts her, and she's about to find out. But will Roya live to regret learning the truth?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780986208003
Publisher: One-Twenty-Six Press
Publication date: 11/21/2014
Series: The Lucidites Series , #1
Pages: 314
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Sarah Noffke is the author of The Lucidites Series. She's been everything from a corporate manager to a hippie. Her taste for adventure has taken her all over the world. If you can't find her at the gym, then she's probably at the frozen yogurt shop. If you can't find her there then she probably doesn't want to be found. She is a self-proclaimed hermit, with spontaneous urges to socialize during full moons and when Mercury is in retrograde. Sarah lives in Southern California with her family.

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Awoken 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
BridgettBrown1313 More than 1 year ago
Awoken is the story of 16 year old Roya, a sarcastic, sometimes belligerent teenage girl who has the ability to dream travel. Dream traveling is exactly what it sounds like- the ability to travel while dreaming. Imagine closing your eyes and finding yourself in Brazil bathing in the sun or people-watching on a rainy boulevard in London. The bad guy is named Zhuang he gets in a persons dream to give them nightmares and basically steal their life. Also in this story are Aiden, George, Joseph and others. If you like action, suspense, heroes and villains, a little romance, and depending how you look at it, a futuristic human races, then this book is for you. I really enjoyed the world building, the character building, and the plot of Awoken. I have read other books by Sarah Noffke, and loved every one of them. This is a YA book, but that being said I am 35 and loved everything about it. I have gotten the next book in this series and will be reading it as soon as I can. I wish I was a dream traveler! I am also glad to read about Ren, if you read these books keep in mind he's a very complex character. I enjoyed the story and it's something I would do a re-read on for sure.
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite “The howling wind always marks his arrival. Tonight I’m not sleeping when it shakes the trees and sends debris flying around outside. The recurring nightmare woke me an hour ago. I wipe away the sweat beading my hairline and steal a glance out my window. The figure lurks in the shadows. He’s never any closer than the old oak tree, but that’s near enough. A chill shakes my core. I can’t do this one single night more. Shaking fingers scroll through my phone contacts until I find the right one.” With its chilling and captivating prologue, Awoken (The Lucidites, Book 1) by Sarah Noffke had me hooked from start to finish. Roya Stark is a Dream Traveler, a Lucidite. When an enemy named Zhuang steals her family’s consciousness, weakening them to eventually kill them like he did to other people, Roya unwillingly joins an ethereal battle where the fate of the world depends on her and her friends’ skill as Lucidites. The premise reminds me of the movie Inception, but with an ingenious spin on the lucid dreaming concept. Alternatively, Roya’s training at the Lucidite Institute, her mixed emotions about battling Zhuang, her relationships with the other candidates, and her feelings towards the senior Lucidites somewhat reminds me of Ender’s Game. The story pace is fast and the narrative is clear-cut and has a great flow. Roya’s mixed sentiments about her mission, her family, and finding the truth about herself easily evoked my emotions as a reader, even though I didn’t empathize with all her mood swings. Awoken is an exceptional read and a great introduction to the series.
kimmythegreat More than 1 year ago
Just when you thought you were alone, you end up in a love triangle, and discover unknown family members! WOW! This book had it all, excitement, drama (heavy on the drama), romance, and danger. I had no idea when I started this book what an emotional ride it was going to take me on! Roya is a dream walker with the ability to see the immediate future. Unbeknownst to her, she is part of this huge secret society of Lucidites that have been watching and protecting her since she was born. In the present day, the Lucidites face a fierce enemy, (Zhuang) that has declared war on them and forces them to seek out the chosen one that will fight and hopefully defeat him once and for all, (this is where Roya comes in). Roya has been approached by the Lucidites to be their champion, but with pertinent information being withheld. Roya hesitantly accepts the challenge, and jumps blindly down the rabbit hole. First impression, amazingly detailed character development! Majority of the story has a steady pace as we follow Roya through training. Roya walks into a world that she had no prior knowledge of, yet all the others present do, which makes Roya feel uncomfortable and like an outsider. She slowly comes out of her shell and begins to form friendships, and something a little more than friends with Aiden Livingston, the head scientist guy ;) I absolutely loved the side characters that ultimately became part of Roya's team! Each one of them were amazing, funny, and weird in their own way. Most of the time I completely forgot that they were all so young. The intense training they all had to go through, while simultaneously learning how to control their own powers was both awe inspiring and just plain cool. I was rooting for Roya all the way through and was not disappointed when I reached the end! Anyone who loves good vs. evil battles with some romance and drama thrown in will love this book! **Book provided by the author for an honest review**
AudiobookReviewer More than 1 year ago
Have you ever wished to be able to travel in your sleep to different places in different times? If you did, then you will probably love this novel … Roya Stark is a teenager who can travel in her sleep to anywhere she wants in the world and time period. She lives in a family that has cast her out and treats her as a stranger. She joins The Lucidites; an organization for dream travelers and is the line of defense against the most evil man on earth (brace yourselves ) Zhuang. As the chosen one, Roya has to battle him and save the human race from his evil doings. For me this novel is very complicated to review. The things I liked about this novel: 1. The settings are very well done in the organization(with all the technology) and the world outside. 2. The side-characters were mostly real, logical, and likable. They did support the plot and the protagonist, my favorites were: Ren (the mean British guy), and Trent (the funny guy). 3. The fast pace of the events; there were few non-important scenes in the novel, but generally it moved fast until the ending. 4. There were some hidden twists in it, but nothing too surprising; yet they made the novel more interesting. 5. The main idea of dream traveling and its laws was really likable and creative. The things I disliked about this novel: 1. The style is old: “I’m a normal teenage girl, but I discovered I’m the CHOSEN ONE to save the world, shame it’s not one of the more skilled, knowledgeable adults.” 2. A whiney protagonist; Roya Stark is one extremely annoying girl; she is whiney, emotionally explosive, and an idiot. She says one thing and does another. 3. The plot was predictable; there was no suspense whatsoever, it was frustrating. 4. Parts of the plot were not logical. By this I mean there were some points that didn’t make any sense, leaving a lot of unanswered questions. 5. The instant love and love triangle, both occurring at the same time was a bit much. Involving the most annoying girl in the whole novel, and it gets worse when the swinging starts from one love interest to the other. Elizabeth Klett did an excellent job in telling the events, focusing in volume more on the inner dynamic rather than the actions and battles outside, she imitated the protagonist inner voice perfectly, yet I found the reading kind of slow. No problems with production, it was clear. Audiobook provided for review by the author. Please find this complete review and many others at audiobookreviewer dot com [If this review helped, please press YES. Thanks!]
Lesley Mullen More than 1 year ago
4.0. It took me a while to really get into Awoken, but once I did, I didn’t want to put it down. Roya is your typical loner/outcast heroine. She’s feels very strongly about things and speaks before thinking, so she comes off as aloof and sometimes even unfriendly. She pushes people away intentionally (sometimes in really harsh manners), which sometimes makes it hard to like her as a character. Fortunately, some of the other Lucidites help us to see a softer side of her. James is an incredibly supportive friend who encourages her to be more outgoing, and Aiden and George tear down her walls by making her want to feel things she has never allowed herself to before. The book features a wide variety of supporting characters, each with a different gift and personality. Toward the end, we also meet Zhuang, who is supposed to be the epitome of evil, but sometimes comes off a just being snide and abrasive. The book was very well edited, which always makes me very happy. Noffke did a great job of world building by providing a lot of visual imagery and showing us the different aspects of the institute. She builds suspense by detailing everything that leads up to the battle -- Roya’s failures and successes in training, her premonitions, and the effects that Zhuang has people around the world – but at the same time, making us aware that there are many secrets that could potentially affect Roya. Noffke then adds to the pressure even more by creating a love triangle between Roya, Aiden and George. (Both guys are really likable, but I am totally Team Aiden.) If I had to give the book a movie rating, I’d probably make it a PG. There is a little bit of language and some violence, but nothing too graphic. The first part of the book was a little confusing because it begins in the middle of the action. It takes a while to understand what is happening, but once the details start coming together, the story takes off, and it’s hard to put the book down. The final battle was a little confusing to me (I found it hard to picture), and because Zhuang didn’t come off as evil as I expected him to, it was kind of anticlimactic. Still, I loved, LOVED, loved Aiden’s reaction afterward, so that kind of made it worthwhile. While there wasn’t a cliffhanger, the ending kind of left things up in the air. We know more happens because the series is a trilogy, and I definitely plan on continuing it.
LanaWaltosz More than 1 year ago
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review :) Summary:  Roya Stark never would have guessed that a bookworm outcast like herself would be thrown into a world of dream traveling, confusing teammates and the minor task of killing the creator of nightmares who has been terrorizing the world for centuries. As Roya gets thrown in the Institute with other Dream Travelers like herself, her perception of herself and the world begins to change. While enduring having the fate of the sanity of the world resting on her shoulders she also has to come to term with the facts that everything she knows isn't exactly what it seems. Review:  Honestly, when I first started this book I was kind of confused. I felt like there was a book before it I should  have read. Due to the fact that I was confused, I couldn't really get into the book. I kept reading little pieces and then going off and doing something else. Today I sat down and told myself I was going to finish it. After reading for about an hour, I was hooked. I'm not completely sure what trapped me, but it did. Noffke's writing was clear and I didn't notice any major grammar issues. I felt myself connected to the characters and rooting for different ones and experiencing their emotions. The book had some points that were fairly predictable because they're common in YA books, but other points had me on the edge of my seat, wondering what was going to come next. Needless to say, as soon as I finished Awoken I immediately checked to see if my library had the next book in the series, Stunned. 
kamijo1010 More than 1 year ago
Recommended for: Anyone who enjoys love triangles, dream travel, other worlds Read on March 15, 2015 — I own a copy, read count: 1 I was given this book in exchange for an honest review. When i first started this book i was unsure where the story would go. I was pleasantly surprised the farther i got into the book. There were some parts that seemed to slow the book down but i still found them interesting. The book was well written and full of surprises. The main character Roya was different then most main characters in books like this. She didn't except her role in the dual right away. She didn't have the confidences in her self thought most of the book. Over all she was enjoyable to fallow on her journey. Joesph; One of my favorite characters in the book. He was one of the characters I wish there was more of in this book. George; I was unsure if i would like him at first, but once you find out why hes the way he is he becomes another favorite. Aiden; Instant favorite, I liked how he's not the kind of character that most mains go for. Glasses, Scientist etc. Love triangle : Aiden-Roya-George I usually don't like when the main character is torn between 2 guys because for me there is always someone i like over the other. This case not so much. I kept hoping one of them would really mess up and make it easy. Never happened which makes reading the next book that much more intriguing to read. Now on to the story, Dream Traveling. This is the first book i have read where there is a group of dream travelers. I was unsure on how much i would enjoy it. I was excited because it was something different then what i am use to. After awhile a lot of YA books seem repetitive which don't get me wrong i still love to read, but its also very refreshing to read a book that doesn't always read like everything else. I look forward to reading more in this series. The next book Stunned (The Lucidites, Book 2) by Sarah Noffke is already out so hopefully I can start that soon. This book is definitely worth reading and a book i will recommend to others.
TheBibliophilicBookBlog More than 1 year ago
AWOKEN is about an evolutionary leap of mankind, known as the Lucidites. The Lucidites are able to travel in dreams, even having entire separate lives while asleep. Roya Stark has been contacted by the Lucidites for a series of tests. They’ve brought many dream travelers to their underground institute to determine who will face the evil which threatens the lives of normals (midlings) and Lucidites alike. In AWOKEN, Roya has always felt out of place and now she’s finding out her life isn’t what she’s always thought. Roya is chosen as one of the potential Challengers who must fight and defeat an evil Dream Traveler who is intent on capturing the consciousnesses of everyone to harness for his own ends. The world-building in AWOKEN is fantastic and beautifully detailed. Roya is likable and all the supporting characters are richly drawn and well-rounded. I don’t think AWOKEN needed the romantic elements as it stands well just as a fantasy novel. Read AWOKEN and explore your dreams!
DavidRose More than 1 year ago
Gripping magic realism with a great heroine: Nice cover or no nice cover, I would never have picked this book to read - but I'm participating in a review rotation programme (as distinct from review exchanges) and I wound up with a free review copy of Awoken on my to read list. I didn't particularly expect to enjoy it. I mean, really? A fantasy all about people who are dreaming, hallucinating, or can't sleep? Well, how wrong can one be? At the opening paragraph I raised an eyebrow and said to myself, hey, this Sarah Noffke writes at a level above the average! Three hundred something pages later, within the day, I put the book down and drew breath. So this story is billed as fantasy (or SF), and I would suggest it also has something of the feel of magic realism in the way it wanders in and out of our contemporary world. In Awoken, dreamland is a warscape. There is violence, death, and the wounded lie scattered on the ground. The enemy is in deadly earnest, and so must Roya Stark be - however little she wants to be involved. Roya is a great leading lady, a fully realised engaging human character with heroic potential. Characterization generally is one of the many strengths of the book. There is a broad range of tensions and relationships between characters, and variation in the extent to which these are resolved in this book. The story is excellent and has depth and complexity, and while Noffke does not explain everything she has built her world with care and attention, enticing the reader into complete acceptance of what is actually a quite surreal environment. Partly because there are many doors within it that remain unopened and unknown, the Institute is an intriguing creation. The pace is very good, varying in accordance with focus, but never allowed to lag, and the suspense is sustained until right near the end. Sarah Noffke writes in a deceptively simple, easy to read style, but she is good - really good. Reviewer Will Marck said, "there is an ‘x factor’ with some writers, where their writing is just likeable", and this is true of Noffke. Not only is her writing style enjoyable, but it has been crafted and polished to a keen effectiveness. There were, towards the end, one or two (literally, one or two) flaws in final edit, but the book's editing is at the same professional standard as that of a mainstream publisher. In conclusion, I loved this, and I would recommend this book highly to any reader.
keleex More than 1 year ago
This book was provided by the author to Nerd Girl Official for an honest review.  Fresh and intriguing fantasy about dream travelers and the secret world of the Lucidites. One day Roya is a normal teenage girl and then the next, her whole world is turned upside down. She finds out that she is a dream traveler and that her whole life has been based on one big lie. She also finds out she is supposed to defeat the feared Zuang. Zuang steals dreams and wants Roya for a plan of his own. Roya has never really been accepted and now she is thrown into the world of the Lucidites. She is coming to terms with her new life and of course new friends and love.  "Intentions are flimsy in the face of opposing danger. Determination, on the other hand, is resilient to challenge. It's the antidote." "If things get tough try and remember that your perception is the only thing you control, so change it." "Forget who they say you're supposed to be. Become who you are." This is a great coming of age fantasy story. You won't be able to put this down. This is the first book I have read by Sarah Noffke, but it won't be the last. I can't wait to read the sequel! Note: Review has been done in conjunction with Nerd Girl Official. 
WendyKT More than 1 year ago
This book is in the YA genre, but has a more sophisticated tone that makes it easy for adults to enjoy as well.  The story is not entirely centered around the romantic relationships, but around an original concept - dream travelling.  It started out with a little work to orient yourself with the characters and the world they live in, but then quickly became a book I couldn't put down.   Great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As an adult male, I definitely didn’t think this book would be in my wheelhouse. However, my wife recommended it and I was extremely pleased by how engaging and riveting the story was. Sarah describes characters in such a way that you become immediately familiar with them. I loved the juxtaposition of the people, places, and times anchored in the ‘real world’ with those that Sarah created in her fantasy world. Awoken is a complete page turner and definitely isn’t just for young adults. If you love reading sci-fi fantasy at all, don’t miss the opportunity to check out Awoken!