A FATHER IS HAUNTED BY HIS PAST — HIS WIFE LIVES HER LIFE IN A RIGID SHELL — THEIR SON, UNTETHERED, DISCOVERS THE SECRET THEY SHARE WITH DEEPIKA, A VISITOR TO THEIR TOWN.
“I see all of these people. They’re living and breathing and acting on their basest impulses. I lay in a coma. They live. I hover over all of them, all at once. I can see my body, motionless, wired up, adrift. And I can find out why this happened. This is my story and I won’t remember any of it when—if—I wake up. But I’ll try to remember—I’ll try damn hard.”
MIDDLETON, MONTANA —OCTOBER 2004—AN ELECTION YEAR
A small college town’s populace is tied, complicitly, to the brutal attack of a teenage boy by four of his classmates. Soon, heated rumors of a possible hate crime surface. Injustice is a hungry beast.
While Chris Bullet remains unresponsive in a coma, his skull shattered, he floats above dire circumstance. In this phantom state, compelled to witness his past once more, the family’s darkest secrets, hidden over generations, will be aired.
Lying in a coma after being bashed in the head with a baseball bat, Wake Me Up, is told using Chris’s thoughts on his life, his family and is quite unlike anything I have previously read. This is an interesting and cleverly written tale.
Although very real in life, a story involving hate crime about being gay, is the topic of this rather unconventional fictional story. It is very character based and almost quite hypnotic to read. I was very drawn to Maddy.
Family secrets, suicidal thoughts and a lot of characters, this debut novel by Justin Bog has a certain sadness to it, and not just because of what has happened to Chris. There is a multiplex of issues for all concerned which makes this read slow and involving. The reader discovers that Chris knows a lot more than anyone gives him credit for and his insight to what is happening around him makes this an incredible read.
It is an original and creative storyline, we come to see how human behavior is changeable with each relationship and incident we encounter.