As I Wake
Publication date: 15th September 2011
My rating: 3 out of 5
As I Wake is a very strange sort of book. Like the main character Ava I really struggled in the beginning to to work out what was going on so in that sense Elizabeth Scott did an amazing job of making Ava's confusion completely realistic. Despite being ultra confused I was gripped enough by the potential of the story to want to continue reading and figure it all out. If I'm honest, I'm not exactly sure if I did really get it though!
Ava wakes up in hospital confused with what seems like complete memory loss, she only vaguely recognises the woman who claims to be her mother and very slowly little pieces of information come back to her which suggest her life was completely different, as in parallel universe different, where she lived in a very dystopian state. Ava also has a vague memory of her school friends but from the parallel world where their characters were completely different. Ava starts to realise in this other world she lived frugally as a listener, and that she was responsible for listening and recording the every movement of a young man called Morgan who may or may not have posed a threat to the state.
As Ava starts to piece her memories including her connection to Morgan together she realises she is in real danger and that the nice parallel universe she has found herself in might actually be taken away from her but can she live without Morgan who doesn't belong to this universe?
Overall despite my confusion (which lasted right to the end!) there was something about As I Wake that made me want to finish it. Very strange and yet strangely readable.