New York City’s spirit has been crushed. People walk the streets with their heads down, withdrawing from one another and into the cold comfort of technology. Teenagers Mal and Laura have grown up in this reality. They’ve never met. Seemingly, they never will.
But on the same day Mal learns his brother has disappeared, Laura discovers her parents have forgotten her. Both begin a search for their families that leads them to the same truth: someone or something has wiped the teens from the memories of every person they have ever known. Thrown together, Mal and Laura must find common ground as they attempt to reclaim their pasts.
A Note from the Author
Dear Amazon Readers,
They tell me that Those That Wake is science fiction. I can certainly live with that; I have a great love for that genre and whole-heartedly embrace its possibilities. But the truth is, that’s not really what I set out to write. I was trying to tell a scary story, something eerie and uncomfortable. Horror, if you will. Not horror in the classical sense, because I’ve got to admit that classic horror doesn’t scare me that much. While a madman with a knife would, I am sure, terrify me if I ever actually encountered one, I have experienced them so many times in books and films that they have somewhat lost their sense of threat. Vampires have become so iconic that their lurking menace feels all but gone for me. I guess what I’m saying is that horror standards just don’t appeal to my sense of fear.
Here’s what does scare me: that the world doesn’t work the way you think it does; that the terrible thing you always thought was impossible turns out to be true; that dark forces you can never see or name actually control your life; that the people you count on the most cannot, or will not, help you. That’s the book I set out to write.
This certainly has precedent in science fiction. Philp K. Dick leaps immediately to mind. William Sleator’s House of Stairs, a powerful book in that style, was pivotal in my reading life. Movies like Invasion of the Body Snatchers and the lesser known but also incredible Seconds are ideal examples. So if you want to call it science fiction, that’s okay by me. Like good science fiction, my wish would be that you find its subtext worth considering, too.
But I do hope it scares you, at least a little.
"This dystopian mind bender is quite complex, and the steadily building plot takes several mysterious twists. The book begins in a very realistic manner, introducing the teen protagonists as well-developed and likeable characters while systematically adding layers and new characters to their story. As the book nears its conclusion, that sense of reality shifts considerably and sometimes throws the reader off kilter. The story is quick moving and full of action, both physical and intellectual. While reluctant or struggling readers may find this book difficult to follow, it is highly recommended for teen and adult readers who are willing to take on a challenging read for the payoff of a well-written, intricately plotted story."—VOYA
"This first novel is an ambitious, cautionary—and even paranoiac—story of the soul-destroying power of a consumer society run amok and the near-cosmic forces it unleashes. It’s a fascinating premise, and though the page-turning action slows a bit in the second half to explore some of the more abstruse causes behind the mind-bending effects, that doesn’t detract from the great many intriguing, original, and thought provoking ideas at play here.."—Booklist
About the Author
Jesse Karp is a school librarian in Greenwich Village. He grew up in and loves New York City, where he lives with his family. Visit him at www.beyondwhereyoustand.com.
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