Publisher: One-Twenty-Six Press
Publication Date: November 24, 2014
Origins: From Author for Review
Synopsis: Around the world humans are hallucinating after sleepless nights.
In a sterile, underground institute the forecasters keep reporting the same events.
And in the backwoods of Texas, a sixteen-year-old girl is about to be caught up in a fierce, ethereal battle.
Meet Roya Stark. She drowns every night in her dreams, spends her hours reading classic literature to avoid her family’s ridicule, and is prone to premonitions—which are becoming more frequent. And now her dreams are filled with strangers offering to reveal what she has always wanted to know: Who is she? That’s the question that haunts her, and she's about to find out. But will Roya live to regret learning the truth?
Series: The Lucidites series
Review: AWOKEN is about an evolutionary leap of mankind, known as the Lucidites. The Lucidites are able to travel in dreams, even having entire separate lives while asleep. Roya Stark has been contacted by the Lucidites for a series of tests. They’ve brought many dream travelers to their underground institute to determine who will face the evil which threatens the lives of normals (midlings) and Lucidites alike. In AWOKEN, Roya has always felt out of place and now she’s finding out her life isn’t what she’s always thought. Roya is chosen as one of the potential Challengers who must fight and defeat an evil Dream Traveler who is intent on capturing the consciousnesses of everyone to harness for his own ends. The world-building in AWOKEN is fantastic and beautifully detailed. Roya is likable and all the supporting characters are richly drawn and well-rounded. I don’t think AWOKEN needed the romantic elements as it stands well just as a fantasy novel. Read AWOKEN and explore your dreams!