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And Then I Woke Up

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The timeline is not always linear and explores other versions of what happened, complicating and simplifying the story elements all at once. In the aftermath, Spence – one of the ‘cured’ at a rehab facility – is persuaded to break out by a new arrival who wants to track down her former friend/lover. Set in a world where the ‘infected’ are those who are made to believe there is a zombie invasion by the media narrative, our protagonist is recovering from his infection as a newly ‘cured’ member of society in a rehab facility of sorts. Two people might see the exact same thing but come away with two different interpretations of what happened. Spence, along with a group of his coworkers, fought their way out desperately, and ran off to scavenge in this new hostile world.

At the end of Fourth Wing (2023), Violet and her lover, Xaden Riorson, discovered that Navarre is under attack from wyvern, evil two-legged dragons, and venin, soulless monsters that harvest energy from the ground. This may not be of earth-shattering importance when it’s a question of whether a particular dress is blue and black or white and gold. But more than that, the government has chosen certain rooms in certain houses and completely renovated them. The point is hammered home with the way that the plague seems to work, at least as defined by one side of this divide. Spence was working as a dishwasher in a pizzeria when most of the staff and patrons suddenly turned into rotting, ravenous monsters, forcing Spence and his friend Macey to kill their attackers and set the place on fire.And Then I Woke Up feels like a difficult title to rate and review, because it was a difficult title to form a solid opinion on. Maybe we have mental health issues that run in our family that have us considering that horrifying reality or maybe we’ve had some run in with paranoia briefly ourselves. Really interesting, thought provoking novel but I really wanted some more action to get me through the slower middle section.

When a disease compromises your ability to define reality, differentiating fact from fiction becomes infinitely harder and trust, almost impossible. Devlin has Spence walk the reader through his conception of it, parroting the sterilized medical and psychological explanations to induce goosebumps. Spence’s recitation of his story is both fascinating and stomach churning as he lists explicit details and questions his own motives and perspective.It would’ve been nice to get to know the characters more deeply and see different perspectives around the main event that happens. A second collection, Unexpected Places to Fall From, Unexpected Places to Land is also published by Unsung Stories. It’s hard to argue with that visual, and yet Spence has been diagnosed with a disease that warps his reality. She was also the first rider to ever bond with two dragons: Tairn, a powerful black dragon with a distinguished battle history, and Andarna, a baby dragon too young to carry a rider. I'm not sure what you mean exactly, but, the book with a load of hype and ended rubbish was Jodi Picoult's 'My Sisters Keeper'.

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