Just Arrived: “When We Wake” (Advance Reading Copy) by Karen Healey
As “…on Anything, Really” followers probably know, I am currently doing a “Fun With Friends” series for SF Signal, interviewing one fellow New Zealand or Australian SFF author per month.
(I would love to do more, but time, ‘little grasshoppers’, time… And I, alas, unlike the redoubtable Miss Hermione Granger, have no time-turner…)
But one thing I feel is really important if one is going to interview a writer, is to read their work. Because by and large, that is where the interest in interviewing an author comes in, right? (Right! )
So although it will be some time before I interview Karen Healey for SF Signal I am absolutely delighted to have received an advance reading copy of her forthcoming novel, “When We Wake.”
Most importantly, I shall have plenty of time to read, savour and enjoy. And I have to say that I am looking forward to it, based on my read of Karen’s debut novel, Guardian of the Dead, which I talked about here.
Meanwhile, here’s what the back cover says:
“My name is Tegan Oglietti, and on the last day of my first lifetime, I was so, so happy.
Sixteen-year-old Tegan is just like every other girl living in 2027–she’s happiest when playing the guitar, she’s falling in love for the first time, and she’s joining her friends to protest the wrongs of the world: environmental collapse, social discrimination, and political injustice.
But on what should have been the best day of Tegan’s life, she dies–and wakes up a hundred years in the future, locked in a government facility with no idea what happened.
Tegan is the first government guinea pig to be cryonically frozen and successfully revived, which makes her an instant celebrity–even though all she wants to do is try to rebuild some semblance of a normal life. But the future isn’t all she hoped it would be, and when appalling secrets come to light, Tegan must make a choice: Does she keep her head down and survive, or fight for a better future?
Award-winning author Karen Healey has created a haunting, cautionary tale of an inspiring protagonist living in a not-so-distant future that could easily be our own.”