Publication Date: September 15, 2011
Date Read: November 27, 2011
From Goodreads:This is probably the hardest review I have ever had to write. I really liked this book but at the same time I kinda disliked it as well. It is a very strange book and the reader is confused while reading it but that didn't really bother me.
Ava is welcomed home from the hospital by a doting mother, lively friends, and a crush finally beginning to show interest. There's only one problem: Ava can't remember any of them - and can't shake the eerie feeling that she's not who they say she is.
Ava struggles to break through her amnesiac haze as she goes through the motions of high-school life, but the memories that surface take place in a very different world, where Ava and familiar-faced friends are under constant scrutiny and no one can be trusted. Ava doesn't know what to make of these visions, or of the boy who is at the center of them all, until he reappears in her life and offers answers . . . but only in exchange for her trust.
Ava wakes up with a serious case of amnesia. She doesn't know who she is, where she is, or any of these people around her. But then she starts having memories. Not of this world but of a different one. As she uncovers more strange memories she also uncovers the truth of two very different worlds that have been woven together by other's actions.
While reading this book I didn't really understand why it had received such a low rating from people. It is a confusing book but that really didn't bother me. The narrator has amnesia, so doesn't really know what's going on and since you see the story through her eyes the reader is confused and unsure of what is going on. I found the book really interesting and the writing technique was amazing. Even though I was confused and unsure of what was going on the way it was wrote kept me completely hooked throughout the book and I had a difficult time putting it down. The more I read and the more unusual memories were uncovered the more I couldn't put it down as I couldn't wait to find out what had happened to Ava.
I think one of the reasons I liked this book was Ava is very much stuck between two worlds. One normal-day world and one dystopia-type world where everything was different. I am a huge fan of dystopian books so I really liked this different take on a dystopian novel where there was a dystopia world and a normal-day world living at the same time with the main character having lived in one and suddenly finding herself in the other.
I was extremely torn between what rating I should give this book. I would love to give it 4 stars because I thought it was a great original storyline and I really enjoyed reading it. However the ending really let me down and to me the ending is very important to a story. As much as the whole book was kinda confusing the ending was just bizarre. I didn't really get it and when I got to the end I was like really? That's it? The ending definitely wasn't explained very well and I was left wondering what happened to all the other characters. You don't even really understand what happens to Ava. I made my own personal assumption about what the ending meant but you really don't know and you don't know what happened to any of the other characters in either of the worlds and I really didn't like it.
I think As I Wake was a great book. It's original and unique and I loved that about the book but to me the ending is important and I really didn't like the ending. Really the rating for this book is somewhere in between 3 and 4 stars and it's a good book and I would love to read it again. However the ending was a let down and that lowered the star rating.