When We Wake

When We Wake US cover

My name is Tegan Oglietti, and on the last day of my first lifetime, I was so, so happy.

Sixteen-year-old Tegan is just like every other girl living in 2027–she’s happiest when playing the guitar, she’s falling in love for the first time, and she’s joining her friends to protest the wrongs of the world: environmental collapse, social discrimination, and political injustice.

But on what should have been the best day of Tegan’s life, she dies–and wakes up a hundred years in the future, locked in a government facility with no idea what happened.

Tegan is the first government guinea pig to be cryonically frozen and successfully revived, which makes her an instant celebrity–even though all she wants to do is try to rebuild some semblance of a normal life. But the future isn’t all she hoped it would be, and when appalling secrets come to light, Tegan must make a choice: Does she keep her head down and survive, or fight for a better future?

Awards for When We Wake:


  • NZ Post Awards for Children and Young Adults Finalist
  • Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy Finalist.
  • Sir Julius Vogel Awards (Best Youth Novel) Finalist
  • Silver Inky Award, Longlist.
  • A Storylines Notable Book.


Reviews for When We Wake:

[box]STARRED REVIEW:“Accessible, thoughtful and compelling — science fiction done right.” – Kirkus Reviews[/box]

[box]”[A] taut drama set in an unnervingly realistic future world. Tegan is a compelling and believable narrator, and her story is full of moral complexities that are as suspenseful and dramatic as they are topical and relevant.” – Bookseller + Publisher[/box]

[box]”[A] very persuasive future world … smartly extrapolated from contemporary society. The story’s injustices unfold in a way that’s stark and unvarnished.” – Publishers Weekly[/box]

[box] “A stirring and century-spanning adventure story that vividly shows how the future is created by our mistakes, our triumphs, and our love.” – Scott Westerfeld, NYT bestselling author of Leviathan and Uglies[/box]

[box] “A gripping human story set against the backdrop of a chillingly plausible future” – Sean Williams, #1 NYT Bestselling author[/box]


EXTRAS: Have a look at what the characters are wearing, listen to the book’s soundtrack, or read my essays on the Sleeping Beauty archetype that inspired the story!