Those That Wake

Those That Wake

by Jesse Karp
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Those That Wake 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
ReadergirlReviews More than 1 year ago
Debut Author! This was one of those books that I wasn't certain I would like. Even for a dystopian, I thought it might be a little too sci-fi for me. I'm glad I stuck with it though, as I was pleasantly surprised. The book actually sucked me right in and didn't let go. It was suspensful, had adventure, and even a slightly erie quality to it. But not one that was overwhelming. Just enough of one to make the hairs stand up on my arms every now and then, but in a good way! I actually really loved the characters, especially Mal. He was the most interesting because I think he had farther to go in the course of character journey, but he had already come so far...and all on his own. I love how the author was able to work in a romance here, even though it clearly wasn't the main focus of the story. The only complaint I have isn't really a complaint. More of an observation. But there was one scene where I had a little bit of trouble following the author's explanation for what was going on. However, that might have had more to do with the fact that I had stayed up super late to finish the book and was very tired. So it might have been all my fault. This doesn't appear to be a series book, as the author seems to have wrapped everything up very neatly at the end. Although one aspect of the ending made me feel kind of sad, most of it was perfect. The perfect parts outweighed that little sad part. I think this author has a great future in publishing. This was an intelligent first book that really grabbed me and kept me engaged. I look forward to seeing what comes in the future for Jesse Karp!
NYC_Book_Lover_75 More than 1 year ago
Though I would definitely recommend this for ages 15 and up, I wholeheartedly recommend Those That Wake. I found that the "similar enough to our time" future was disturbing and realistic, while still being firmly set in an original and intricately thought-out world. The characters of Mal and Laura are fresh and heartfelt, and adult readers will find much to chew on in the adult characters. The book's central themes and ideas creep into you (not unlike the Global Dynamic, hmmmm) and stick with you as you go back to your "real" life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This sci-fi noire is a killer YA novel. It's got great action, fully fleshed out characters, and a plot which pulls the reader along like they are falling down a hill. At the same time there is a lot under the surface here. It is a dystopic novel that avoids the typical "government is bad" or "grownups are bad" and instead looks at how corporations, when unfettered and big enough, can and will do just about anything to get market share. Karp has detailed an amazing world where security and paranoia are so ramped up that citizens fear a casual action, a stray stare, will bring them to the attention of the Metropolitan Counter-terrorism Taskforce. The MCT is a kind of amped up Homeland Security wedded to technology. This is a future which is grey and bleak. As you read the narrative you can almost taste the grit in the air and want to wash off the stink of paranoia and despair that chokes his city. Small sparks of hope come through the four central characters. Two teens, the really key players in this story, are a streetfighter and suburban princess who come together to find a little love even while they are desperately trying to find their families who have been taken from them. They are accompanied and aided by a burnt-out teacher (who may be a better man than he knows) and an intelligentsia commando, a secret agent for the smart set who are trying to break out of the corporate dominion. Beware Intellitech! The Global Dynamic surrounds you!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Please don't waste your $ on this book. The plot grabs you at first but gets extremely repetitive. It has the same info over and over with NO real climax. The theory is simple and doesn't make you think. Also, the characters are not well developed so you are never attached enough to care what the outcome is. Again, if you want a complex and intriguing read, please do not waste your $ on this book. I have given up and have no interest in even finish it.
Savannah Johnson More than 1 year ago
It felt like the plot wasnt planned out very well, and there also seemed to be no climax or a bunch of different climaxes. It was a good story while you were reading it, but not a good story over all. It also left me wanting more romance between Mal and Laura. I hope you take this into consideration when you are buying.
Joshua Frink More than 1 year ago
Great plot and story line vcant wait for karp to come out with a new book
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Nikkayme More than 1 year ago
Those That Wake is one of those books that really makes you think. The book is labeled dystopian, but I'd say it's much more sci-fi. Normally, I'd say I don't do sci-fi, but I really enjoyed how Jesse Karp created this story based on society's disconnect from human nature and our growing dependency on technology. That, coupled with this crazy, 'I can't believe this is actually what this book is about,' twist, make Those That Wake such a thrilling story. The post-terrorist attack New Y...moreThose That Wake is one of those books that really makes you think. The book is labeled dystopian, but I'd say it's much more sci-fi. Normally, I'd say I don't do sci-fi, but I really enjoyed how Jesse Karp created this story based on society's disconnect from human nature and our growing dependency on technology. That, coupled with this crazy, 'I can't believe this is actually what this book is about,' twist, make Those That Wake such a thrilling story. The post-terrorist attack New York isn't so different from our actual NYC and that makes it just a little bit scary. People walk around with their hands and eyes glued to their cell phones, trapped in the world of technology and interacting with people less and less. The four main characters of the story, Remak, Mike, Laura, and Mal, see that when no one else does. They're left in this world where no one knows or remembers them, seemingly hopeless, but still fighting. At times confusing, always thrilling, and definitely high concept, Those That Wake is a story to ponder. It's split into four parts and starts off a bit slow, but once part 2 rolls around, the energy picks up. It's almost necessary to read this one quickly, otherwise the reader will get lost. I found myself re-reading passages just to make sure I was clear about what was going on, but it's worth it. The ending messes with your mind, switching realities, confusing the reader, but ultimately hopeful. That last word there is important.read the story and find out exactly why. Those That Wake is a fascinating, fast-paced, mind-blowing take on our collective thoughts and how much life is actually worth. It's a thought-provoking story with intricate twists and tension-filled scenes. Fans of dystopia, sci-fi, and Inception-style stories should get a kick out of it. Jesse Karp has given the YA community something truly unique that stands out and should be noticed. Not only is it well-written, but very well executed as well. I'll be on the lookout for his future work.