My Rating: 5 stars
Series: 3rd book in the Awaken trilogy
Date Read: August 18, 2014
Source: Review copy from Netgalley
Publication Date: September 2, 2014
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children's Book Group
Genres: Young adult, dystopian, romance
Summary (taken from Goodreads): In the final installment to the trilogy begun with Awaken, Maddie returns home to make her final stand against Digital School, and uncovers deeply guarded secrets about her family an new truths about herself.
It took me awhile to gather my thoughts on this book. This is, by far, one of the most difficult reviews I have written. This book brought endless ideas and questions to my mind. This series, as a whole, has had such an impact on me.
When I opened the book, the first thing that hit me was the writing. It's been so long since I read the second book, and I forgot how beautiful and thought-provoking the writing style is. The first page reminded me. It started off by comparing Maddie and those she cared about to the elements, herself being water. It was beautifully written and combined with the rest of the story perfectly.
Then there were the characters. It amazes me how unique, how human, how well thought out they all were. I loved watching the story unfold and seeing the changes in them, especially Maddie. She really found herself throughout the series, and especially in this book. There was a decision she made at the end that would usually bother me, and I saw it coming. I expected to disagree with her, but instead I saw her reasons. I agreed with them, and when the time came I was hoping for the same outcome as she was. I found myself behind Maddie one-hundred percent, cheering her on. She grew confident in herself and her decisions, and so was I.
Overall, there's no way for me to give this less than five stars. It's one of those special, rare books that deserve more than that, because it will stick with me - and I feel that I'm not the only one who will feel that way about this series. It says so much about technology, about the world, and about people.