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When We Wake

When We WakeWhen We Wake by Karen Healey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When a book makes you cry in public (on a train, actually) then life is good.
Tegan is dead. She has been ‘revived’ 100 years after her death. And it’s not going well.
I really, really enjoyed this book. An interesting take on a future in which some things are better (social equality) and others are worse (refugees and climate change), where dead people can be revived, and where The Beatles will always, always be the best band ever.
Tegan is a great character – feisty and determined, and also unsure and child-like. She has lost everything she holds dear, and manages to take everything pretty much as it comes and turn it (mostly) to her benefit.
Healey’s use of known and possible technologies enhances and grounds the story. Everything currently not available feels authentic and possible. The relationships that Tegan develops in her first and second lives feel very real. And the political and social future that Healey creates is absolutely authentic. And bloody scary as a possibility.
After Healey’s Aurealis Award winning debut novel, Guardian of the Dead, and her follow up novel, The Shattering, this third effort is another great book. Recommended.
(PS. The line that made me cry? “The Beatles give me hope.” Yes. Yes, they do.)

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