Gah! I am so torn about Awake in the World by Jason Gurley. On the one hand, it definitely sounds like a story that I would enjoy, especially as it includes Astronomy and references Carl Sagan of all people. But on the other, I just left reading that synopsis with no interest whatsoever. I have this weird feeling of disconnect with the whole thing and I’m wondering if that has to do with the fact that it centers around those working in the oil industry? Which, frankly, I find silly because it doesn’t seem like oil is the novel’s focus but rather poverty is and I care very deeply about that. Maybe it’s just the fact that the word oil was used so many times in the blurb? I have no idea. Whatever it is, I’ve found myself shying away. So, if you’ve read this novel and you think it’s 100% worth reading, please drop by the comments and let me know so that I can reassess my decision on adding it to my TBR.
Awake in the World is a love story between the son of an oil worker who drowned and a family that can barely make ends meet and a girl who dreams of the stars and has all the optimism in the universe. And that’s the basic gist of my understanding. There’s apparently something about believing in love and believing in oneself to achieve dreams, but for the most part that’s it. There’s the inclusion of having a job as an oil rigger, which is where that bit comes in, but it doesn’t seem like a central focus of the novel.
So, what do you think of this one? I’m still just eh about it and have decided not to include it on my TBR unless someone can change my mind. Will it be on your TBR or not? Let me know in the comments!