Thursday, March 06, 2014

Middle Ground

Author: Katie Kacvinsky
(Blog, Goodreads author page, Twitter)
Publisher: Tanglewood Press
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Book borrowed from the national library


In this provocative cautionary tale for teens, the sequel to Awaken, seventeen-year-old Maddie’s rebellion against the digital-only life grows dangerous. Maddie is in Los Angeles, trying to stay out of trouble. But one night, a seemingly small act of defiance lands her in the place she fears the most: a detention center. Here, patients are reprogrammed to accept a digital existence. Maddie is now fighting for her mind, her soul, and her very life. Once again, Katie Kacvinsky paints a disturbing picture of our increasingly technology-based society.

(Actual) Rating: 4 of 5 stars

The protagonist of Middle Ground is astonishingly compelling that I could literally visualize her views, actions and perception into something corporeal. Readers may have felt that enclosed space and mainly focus on the book in its beautifully well-written descriptive writing.

Trapped are the brainwashed people by the corrupted government and DS (digital school) centers, the human society did not have the ability to control with better options in order to achieve a real life. The futuristic world setting has come a long journey to manipulate the minds of people. Technology has become beyond simulator - the consequence of tuning it in in our daily routine as if it has always been THE life.

The characters has certainly shown improvement in maturity growth and an outstanding development unlike the previous book which is Awaken. The different scenarios where it was so realistic and believable. The logic is connected from a situation to another and after that. The newly introduced character, he was inspiring. He's unbelievably a good friend who does not ask for anything in return. He's someone you could spill all your secrets to lighten the load on your shoulder and surely you could count on him for it.

Believe me, Middle Ground is the book to read in an instant right after reading Awaken! Highly recommended!! I'm so engrossed to how science fiction has the twists and turns to make me feel like I'm nothing. It's a little bit frightening for me to say, it has a sense of misleading each of us to the wrong kind of dependency. I'm not kidding when I say it has definitely open my mind to the things that may currently be unseen now but unfortunately maybe one day, technology completely has taken over our life and affect us so much we could be living in a changed world where virtual world is all that exist before our eyes.

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