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  1. Angela Angela says:

    Letting go is easy Anyone can do that Love is fighting for someone to stay That's what takes workMy thoughtsNo no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no noThat cannot be the endingGAH I CAN'TBelieve me when I say this is one of the best books ever written I rarely read dystopia I'm into contemporary but I loved thisREAD IT This book is WONDERFULLLLLL


  2. Megan Megan says:

    Holycrap The best and worst thing about this series is that it doesn't seem far fetched I don't generally get into futuristic stuff but this is a world that sadly I can imagine becoming reality When Maddie is hauled off to a detention center it's obviously not going to be a walk in the park The truth behind the gates is actually uite terrifying Jaw droppingly scary And once again it's not difficult to imagine something like this happening which makes me so sad Maddie's fight to keep her sanity and Justin's and her friends' determination to save her is intense and will keep you anxious to turn the page What happens next? When I saw that there isn't a release date for the next book I seriously yelled WHAT? loud enough for my husband to hear two rooms away Sigh I'll be on pins and needles until I find out what happens with DS And of course Justin and Maddie


  3. Chelsea Groves Chelsea Groves says:

    This was an exciting seuel to the first book Awaken I couldn't put it down and once I was finished I wanted to read it over again It's a wonderful story about the life of a young girl striving for the freedom to experience her life without being controlled by technology It's a scary look into a possible realistic future and it leaves you contemplating your own life and how you are really living it Fantastic read Cannot wait for the next book


  4. Smash Smash says:

    Courtesy of Smash Attack ReadsINTEREST IN BOOK If you’ve been paying attention you know that Awaken was a book that spoke loudly to me I was very wrapped up in the possibility of the scenario I was also very affected by experiencing Maddie’s awakening when Justin assists her in “unplugging” It was beautiful to watch her reconnecting with her senses and experiencing emotions she never knew existed Being that I’m a social worker I understand how very important socialization and social support is for human beings and this series really drives this point homeWORLD BUILDING The world expands in Middle Ground as Maddie endures a life altering trip to a detention center for her rebellious behavior In Maddie’s world detention centers take care of those who are unwilling to remain plugged in and participate in a mostly digital life Digital School brought safety and security to society at the cost of togetherness and intimacy Maddie’s father is the creator of DS so her involvement in the rebellion to bring intimacy back to society is uite the scandal Maddie’s experience in the detention center is horrific and we learn a lot about what is being done to keep society in check I think my only real issue with this scenario was how easy it was to sneak around inside the detention center I get that security was low because they control the students psychologically but it just seemed too easyCHARACTERS Maddie grew a lot in this installment She was always brave and stubborn but she really puts herself in serious danger to save many I found myself rooting for her then yelling at her many times She surprised me with her mature selfless decisions though I should not have been surprised Maddie has always been willing to go the extra mile or 50 to do what is right And then we have Justin Geez I might have to add Justin Solvi to the tippy top of respectable amazing glorious book boyfriends I didn’t think I could adore him but I certainly do What grabbed me most were his vulnerable moments As Maddie pointed out numerous times he certainly has issues letting people in and being intimate and in Middle Ground we learn why Justin has been carrying around a lot of guilt and Maddie does her best to encourage him to remove the blanket of guilt and shame from his heart and soul Those moments between them were so damn beautifulGabe is worth mentioning as I find myself thinking a lot about him during this review Gabe works in the detention center and was integral in the dangerous planning by Maddie Justin and gang I think he was a huge part in keeping Maddie sane throughout the story Of course all the characters that have befriended Maddie throughout this series and continue to fight the good fight with her are great in their own ways Love themLASTING IMPRESSIONS It appears that we are going to have a third book in this series as Maddie leaves us hanging with yet another heavy decision that she must make In the end I know she will do what she feels is right for humanity but she will not be bullied She has become uite the strong heroine and she and Justin will stand up and fight until the war is over Together


  5. Wendy Hines Wendy Hines says:

    In this anticipated seuel to Awaken Middle Ground picks up with Maddie living with her brother in Los Angeles The year is 2060 She's supposed to be in a detention facility but her father has used his powers to do some fancy paperwork to make it look like she is While Maddie is happy in LA she misses her boyfriend Justin who is working at intercepting other kids on their way to the detention facilities and inviting them to join their cause It's their biggest goal to get rid of DS digital school a program that Maddie's father created They believe that kids should have the choice of online school or public school They should be able to go out and meet friends face to face and get sun on their faces without everything being digitalized But DS keeps kids safe and controlled and those that run it will do whatever it takes to make sure it runs properlyWhen Maddie goes to a virtual club with her brother and some friends she can't help herself but try and show the kids the way things could be All it does is get her into trouble and before long someone is knocking at her door and she's on the way to the detention center for rehabilitation This time Justin and her friends can't get her out What happens behind the locked doors in the center is horrific they want the kids to be controlled and realize that it's not safe outside and they will do whatever it takes to get that through their heads Maddie tries to endure but she can't do it alone Middle Ground is a great second installment in this series Maddie and Justin's relationship is still moving along but it has it's struggles Especially since her father created DS and he leads the group that wants to demolish it In a world where we all rely on so much technology Kacvinsky's series puts things a bit in perspective There has to be balance and in her world there isn't I really empathized with Maddie and her plight she made some good and bad choices I also enjoyed getting to know Justin in this installment The book ends satisfactory no horrid cliffhanger but it does allude to another book in the series I can't wait


  6. Leesya Nazman Leesya Nazman says:

    46 starsI have mixed feelings toward this book It was very good and I enjoyed it But I feel like it was lacking of emotions? Or it's just me? Like probably I was in bad mood during these days or something I felt empty and nothing to be honestWhy did I rate it pretty high?Katie's writinguotes are so beautiful and inspiring honestly Or shall I say Justin Solvi's uotes? Or Maddie's lil diary? The uotes in this book are beyond beautiful and very meaningful This story has taught me a lot of good things and made my eyes open toward the world I'm saying maybe we all need to be okay with who we are ten minutes longer every day Maybe we need to stop worrying so much about being accepted and caring what people think about us But we need to accept ourselves first Maybe we need to plus bank into this


  7. s e n t i m e n t a l i t i e s olittlebear s e n t i m e n t a l i t i e s olittlebear says:

    I really feel like nothing happened to significantly further the storyline She goes into the DC She gets out Books over And so what they rescued one place Now all the people in every other one can't even leave when their time is up How are they celebrating? They seem no closer to ending DS I liked Gabe but he didn't seem to join their fight on getting out Or even hooking up with Claire It was never solidly decided who the rat was And poor Pat is just made such a creep throughout this book It really felt like a book load of filler


  8. blue blue says:

    OH MY GOD She gets in a detention center? THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT I FUCKING WANTED Yes yes yes yes yes motherfucking YES Dammit I hope I love this book And I hope Justin is never in it ahahahaha Damn yes Hell yesI think there was something else I was going to say but I read the summary and I forgot itI hope she writes entries in her journal LOTS of entries 3333Oh I really love the title of this one 333


  9. Cait S Cait S says:

    Much better than the first one Still not thrilled with how Justin rambles off on these tangents that sound like an inspiring Star Trek monologue than anything anyone would actually say And also if I had to read about Maddie cupping his face one time I was going to throw myself out a window But other than that this was a good installment Interested to see how the series ends


  10. Amit Amit says:

    JUSTIN SOLVI Damn You You know what I love you bro and right now I am considering you as my Blood Brother Thumbs up of course to MADDIE Haven’t I yet told you in that past 1st novel of this novel series time that I love you? Guess what I love you even now that what I read after finishing this novel 1 I wondered which emotion was powerful in the human mind fear or desire2 I tried to distract myself I designed two digital windows in my room because the walls were suffocation I could display any climate I was in the mood for clear and sunny weather overcast heavy rain light mists a blizzard I could even place a tornado along my path and speakers brought it all to life with the sound of hail and wind and the clap of thunder I liked the idea there was a force outside the detention center stronger than the force inside A tornado could take out this entire place in one gust It could pulverize anything in its path It made me think something could set me free3 Confidence grows when you know what you want when you don’t have to be told who you are You know it on the inside so you don’t have to force it on the outside It just radiates And you steps become effortless For once I believe in something And it’s like a map showing what direction I should go There’s only one certainty in life how you come into the world Where you go from there is up to you 4 “I’m saying maybe we all need to be okay with who we are ten minutes longer every day Maybe we need to stop worrying so much about being accepted and caring what people think about us But we need to accept ourselves first Maybe we need to plug back into this” he nodded to the world outside5 “it’s called an amnesia blackout” she told me “it’s similar to a blackout people get from drinking too much Your salient short term memories don’t make it into your long term memory so you can never remember specific details The drug lets you hang on to just the smallest details and emotions until something triggers the memory But it gets buried so deep in your subconscious you don’t even realize it’s a memory Instead it just becomes a reaction”6 I watched Justin and Scott joke back and forth and I watched people smile and I watched real eyes shine and the energy was better than any drug When you know you’re breaking the rules it fires you up It’s a rush to know you’re bending something solid It’s a high to see how far you can twist your fate7 Science can answer most of my uestions – which stars are in which constellation and how far away they are why they light up why some shine brighter why they fade But I prefer not to know all the specifics I like to make up my own theories Sometimes knowledge can kill the wonder8 “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 Ou 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 The take a step back Compartmentalize it Remember anything’s attainable And take every risk you can as long as you trust yourself”9 He moved in until his lips were just brushing mine “You’re the bravest person I’ve ever met” he said against my mouth“You’re rubbing off me” I whispered back“No” he said “I’m just showing you”I am out of my word What on the earth I’ve just read? Look let me say one thing at first while I was as say practically eating the novel I felt tense all the time I can’t explain it but I know what it felts like when you read a Science Fiction like this‘Middle Ground’ is the 2nd novel of ‘Awaken’ series It’s because the Awaken that drown me to this novel to read The moment I have ‘Middle Ground’ in my hand I found wandered in that world where technology controls you completely Even your lifestyle your own choice your personal moment and even the kind of technology that programmed your future of your life Yes technology is necessary no doubt but either way It can help you and it can destroy you terminated you before you knew it I didn’t find any misspelled event in here apart from the 1st part It was same with concept like the first one I not just loved it but I think I own this novel to me The fight the tensed situations those unmistakable emotions Hell I will never forget themJustin Solvi –Oh MAN Now where should start? Seriously? Are you kidding me? I should have start with Madeline But hey I mean no offense okay? Just let me pass with it For me it’s a Huge Huge Huge relief to knowing that Justin and Madeline are ok with each other Damn maybe I would be broken hearted if that’s not happened From me to the author I want to give her a SPECIAL THANKS Well Justin seemed as stubborn as he was in ‘Awaken’ and he did his best by fighting and holding all his emotions in a gut and lead his team to demolish the digital schooldetention centers to protect those children’s from the death Justin was very much solid on his posture when it came to fight against his will He stand on the ground measures the situation calmly and then took his aim He too tried his best with all his heart to protect his soul mate ‘Madeline’ Though in some point it was really out of uestion because of the circumstances they were forcing to live Justin Solvi I am repeating it again Love you broMadeline Freeman Love you Maddie love you so much You are the bravest and strongest girl character that I ever read in a novel till now I will never forget you I love the way you handled all your danger like a Lioness who as if fighting to death to protect her cubs from the devil Lion If you get the thing the idea that what I really mean to say I love you Maddie I can say these 3 magical words over and over but I know I will never tired of it Anyway Now come to the point Maddie of course loves Justin there is no doubt at all and she did relay on him in some point Because in those dreadful days the image of Justin in her mind helped her to fight the odds around her But yes she did fight alone herself she chooses her own decision and risked her life for the good even Justin couldn’t make to change it but accept her by showing respect to her The system the technology that didn’t helping people but making virtual day by day was enough for her and the team to realize it’s the time to make a change Well I am not going to spoil them all But hell yeah Special thanks again to the author for that character ‘Madeline Freeman’Kevin Freeman Father of Maddie Richard Vaughn FUK YOU BOTHPat The betrayers Who would know that he did something in his mind like love feeling for Maddie? Well FUK him tooGabe Molly Clare Scott so on Can’t get through all the names So yes thanks to all these character from the core of my heart for making the journey ok for Justin and Maddie I don’t want dig but yes I do want to let out a scream ‘Middle Ground’ worth my readingThanks again to KATIE KACVINSKYNB I HAPPNED TO KNOW THAT THE 3rd PART OF THIS ‘AWAKEN’ SERIES HAS THAT TRIANGLE FACT THING SO YES THIS IS MY END IN HERE TO THIS 2nd PART


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Middle Ground For four weeks Maddie has been living in Los Angeles trying to be good But no matter how hard she tries something inside her won't be sated She can't live a life of half truths and false pretenses So one night she says how she really feelsThat's all it takes One night One bad decision and Maddie is thrown into a detention center where she's forced to undergo secretive treatment meant to suash her rebellious streak The powers that be call it rehabilitation Maddie calls it tortureAlone Maddie will not survive But if she can find something to hold on to an image of Justin their love maybe she can fight And if she's really lucky maybe she'll even win