As I Wake is a very intriguing book with an unexpected twist. Fans of Scott's Love You Hate You Miss You will be attracted to it thanks to the brief summary, but this sci-fi mystery masquerading as a dramatic contemporary novel is more similar to Grace than any of her other work. Ava's situation is unique, and her questions are immediate: who is she? Where is she? Who doesn't she remember anything? And, how did she get to this unfamiliar place? Those questions are enough to hook readers, and the strange and uneasy atmosphere of Ava's home life and social life contribute to the overall feeling that something isn't quite right. Scott sprinkles in snatches of Ava's life before she lost her memory, giving readers a glimpse into an unsettling world where Ava walks a fine line between obedience and rebelling against what she has always known. The particulars of both the present world and Ava's past world are very vague and hazy, and readers never really learn how they are linked, or how exactly Ava got into the situation that she is in. Nonetheless, the tension between characters and the mystery of what happened to Ava is interesting, and that will keep readers going until the very end, even though many questions are left unanswered.
Cover Comments: This cover is definitely different! The way the girl is hiding her face is neat, and the smoke from her hair kind of alludes to some events in the book. Very nice.
Review copy purchased.