Katie Kacvinsky- Middle GroundA vivid realistic dystopia. This one is the book two of three in Katie Kacvinsky’s Awaken series and it had me at hello.

Middle ground picks up where Awaken left, and from this moment on I was half excited-half worried that I’d finished the book right away. It was more than a filler book, as most second books are, to me it laid the gist of the whole series. For such a fast-paced and exciting novel, slowing down a bit was a challenge indeed, I dare say.

I love how Katie Kacvinsky developed the all the characters. It wasn’t just all about Justin Solvi and Maddie Freeman, I like how I got to know more of the people around them and how they came into play. The plot? I can’t even start to describe it without giving a grain of spoiler. The plot was heavy with turmoil, loaded with action, and balanced with empathy. It was all well written, character- and plot-wise, devoid of unnecessary melodramas and unrealistic catastrophes. It was exquisite. The thing that caught me in the first book was not Maddie’s love story, it was Justin’s cause. His desire to restore the true essence of being a human. And now, with Maddie completely on his side, thrown at the detention center, the scenarios became stirring, stimulating, and rousing at every page. Maddie’s torture behind those walls didn’t make intrigue and excitement stray too far. It’s a relief that Maddie still keeps her journal for it draws insightful strands of self-reflection and keeps her stable throughout her long mental battle for sanity.

This is indeed an adventure I would recommend to book lovers. The ending was a cliff hanger, I, without a doubt, did crave for the next installment– but it ended with a solid resolution, the one that could make a book standalone.

In this book where self-awareness, materialism, dangers of ignorance, and beauty of simplicity plays a simultaneous spin of emotions, one would certainly be captivated with their conversations- that doesn’t just spring from haunch and sentiment, but of swapping intelligent perspectives. The dystopia that is staged in Middle Ground makes me reflect on where our society today is heading. In this all-too-feasible world that we live now, are we on the track of losing touch with our own humanity?

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Here are few of my favorite quotes:

  • “You can always make time for people. The point is, you have to want to.”
  • “Things never happen the way you plan. Take it a second at a time. Stay in the moment. It’s the only way to control it. Your thoughts can paralyze you. They make you second-guess and that’s when you lose. You mentally beat yourself. Believe you can handle anything. Look at something that’s bigger than you and take it all in, the enormousness of it. Drown in it. Then take a step back. Comparmentalize it. Remember, anything’s attainable. And take every risk you can, as long as you trust yourself.”
  • “Hope works like that. It hinds and blends in, only to pop out when you least expect it. It’s always a surprise, something you step on, trip over, or stumble on by accident. It hides in the divots of our lives. in the loneliest valleys. It’s like a child, always playing hide and seek to keep our lives unpredictable. Just when we’re about to give up, hope turns on, like light, to guide out way.”
  • “Black is my favorite color. It’s limitless. It’s indefinable. It keeps you guessing. When there’s nothing to see, you’re forced to imagine. It makes every shape, every person more mysterious because you can’t see all the details.”
  • “When your time is up, what are your last thoughts going to be?’ I asked. ‘All of your miserable memories? When you were lonely or scared or heartbroken? The things that almost kill you don’t make you stronger. If anything, they make you bitter and closed off and broken. (…) I think what you have to live for makes you stronger”

Done and dusted, mariawenttotown15