So I picked up a book I would have never in a million years chosen to read, and decided to give it a shot. I went through a few basic stages that one goes through when reading a new book they are not sure about. First there was disgust; I could not believe I was reading this book that was written in such a convoluted way. The second was despair, this book would never end! After disgust came grudging respect, the plot was picking up and things were coming together, I hated life a little bit less. Lastly was acceptance and love. While I may have wanted to throw the book across the room when I started, by the end I was so involved in reading it I would not have heard if someone had thrown my entire book collection across the room.
The book that had me so emotionally confused was As I Wake by Elizabeth Scott. Poor Ava wakes up in a room she doesn’t recognize, surrounded by people she doesn’t recognize, being told who she is and that everything will be okay. She just has a minor case of memory loss. Ava is convinced that something isn’t right; she remembers nothing about the world she lives in, but keeps having flashbacks to a world she feels is where she belongs. A world filled with a nasty government, secret agencies that spy on you, and Morgan. All of these memories jumble together with impressions of people she vaguely remembers, she knows her friends, but in a very different world then the one she lives in. Is she really the Ava that everyone says she is? Or is there another world out there, one in which she truly belongs?
This book did not impress me at first. The book is written from Ava’s point of view, so for the first few chapters as she is struggling with what is happening to her, you are struggling right alongside her. You keep waiting for the explanation that will make everything clear, that will let you truly grasp what is going on in this book. Fortunately, as Ava figures things out, what has happened to her becomes clearer, the writing style fleshes itself out, and just like Ava is gaining balance in her world, the writing of the book gains balance as well. Elizabeth Scott does a good job of separating what is happening in the world where Ava is and the world where she remembers being. The characterization of the people in the different worlds is done wonderfully and helps to add to Ava’s confusion, as well as helping her solve some problems she is facing. This is a book that I feel I am going to have to revisit, just because there is so much happening under the surface that I feel like things were explained to me and I completely missed them when I was caught up in the action of the book. Overall, As I Wake is a wonderful work and I hope you come to the Tucker Free Library to check it out for yourself!