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Reviewed by Francis Mont for Readers' Favorite
Awaking Hope by Emily Renee Cunningham is a rare gem in today’s literary landscape. It’s a science fiction story about an extremely important topic: humanity’s future dealing with the myriad existential threats facing us today. It’s also a highly entertaining story about a young woman, who wakes up from a coma 25 years after a car accident to a drastically changed world. A world transformed into a Utopia after some ‘terrorists’ deleted all the financial records of the entire globe, both private and personal as well as business and corporate (brilliant idea!). Money disappeared and the world had to adjust to the new reality of a society defined by allocation of resources, instead of allocation of wealth. Hope Taylor, assisted by her younger sister Faith, learns to adjust to this new reality, being overwhelmed at times and suspicious of others. This novel is planned to be the first in a trilogy, so it leaves the reader waiting impatiently for the story to continue.
I read this novel in two days because I simply couldn’t put it down. First, the topic itself is fascinating, intriguing, and intellectually challenging – something I always crave in a novel. Second, the characters of the two sisters and even the supporting cast are real human beings I have met all my life, sympathetic and lovable. Then, the style is highly descriptive with a vibrant imagination and world-building skills, and the language employed is easy flowing but literate to a high degree. The philosophical content, including the convincing, logical, and intelligent arguments, proves the author’s thesis that the culture created by the capitalistic and money-centered economic organization of the world is the primary force responsible for shaping human beings, as opposed to the often blamed ‘human nature.’ If allowed, people will behave rationally and ethically. Anyone trying to understand the world we live in, with all the challenges we face in our lives, needs to read Awaking Hope by Emily Renee Cunningham.