Today, author Katie Kacvinsky is guest blogging, in honor of the upcoming release of her new novel, Awaken — an exciting new book that takes place in the future, but explores issues that you might find rather relevant today. And actually, I should clarify. Katie isn’t guest blogging, per se … her character, Madeline is!
Welcome to my world. The year’s 2060. I’m not even typing this entry. I say the words out loud and my sentences are converted into a digital message. Most of my world exists through a screen. It’s really convenient. I take classes online, I socialize, exercise, shop, and watch movies. I never have to leave the house. I have millions of contacts. We meet up in virtual coffee shops and hang out. It sounds perfect, right? Then why does it feel so stifling? So limiting? If I’m connected to so many people, why do I feel disconnected so much of the time?
Justin agrees with me. He thinks it’s important to get unplugged and be face to face with people, which sounds terrifying to most of society. You can’t censor your thoughts when you’re face to face. It’s safer to hide behind a digital curtain where you can delete all your flaws by pressing a button. But, then, what is real? Justin wants to fight digital school because it’s controlling people. He says we’re born with legs for a reason; we shouldn’t be molded into a seat all day. We’re born with senses for a reason, yet, we hardly use them. The more he shows me, the more I agree the “real” world is disappearing. He wants me to help him bring it back. It’s tempting, but is it possible?
Intrigued yet? You should be! Awaken comes out on Monday, May 23rd — so be sure to check your local bookstores and snag your very own copy! Here is the official synopsis:
Maddie lives in a world where everything is done on the computer. Whether it’s to go to school or on a date, people don’t venture out of their home. There’s really no need. For the most part, Maddie’s okay with the solitary, digital life—until she meets Justin. Justin likes being with people. He enjoys the physical closeness of face-to-face interactions. People aren’t meant to be alone, he tells her.
Suddenly, Maddie feels something awakening inside her—a feeling that maybe there is a different, better way to live. But with society and her parents telling her otherwise, Maddie is going to have to learn to stand up for herself if she wants to change the path her life is taking.
In this not-so-brave new world, two young people struggle to carve out their own space.
Need more motivation? Check out the AWESOME playlist Katie put together for Awaken on her website!