Friday, March 11, 2011

Those That Wake - Jesse Karp

Publisher:  Harcourt Children’s Books  March 21, 2011
Pages:  336
Source:  Review copy from Netgalley
Genre:  Young Adult Dystopian

Imagine what it would be like to wake up one day and none of your friends or family members knew you.  In their minds you don’t exist.  You and many others have been completely wiped from their memories.  Why?

Mal has had no family for years.  He’s been in one foster home after another.  He has a brother who has never contacted him, until now.  His brother Tommy needs his help.  Mal would have liked to have had his brother’s help while he was being shipped around after his father died.
Laura has always had it pretty easy.  When she goes to see her parents she is removed by security.  They claim they don’t know her.  She’s wondering what is going on. 
All of their problems take place after “The Big Black”.  Some people claim it was terrorists.  After the Big Black, people are focused only on their technology, specifically their cell phones.  Mal and Laura meet up with two others who must work together to try to figure out what has happened.  They need to find out who is behind wiping them from everyone’s memory and why.  This is a book that has deeper thought provoking issues and one that will stay with you long after you’ve read it.

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