Karen Healey's When We Wake is told by the book's main character Tegan, a sixteen year old girl who likes the Beatles. Her tale is often divided into seemingly different vantage points that combine into a singular moment at the book's conclusion. Readers join Tegan as she tries to make sense of a futuristic world.
One day Tegan was a happy teen on her way to a protest rally with friends, when she is shot dead, only to be revived over a hundred years later. While Healey's futuristic world is different it still remains plausible. Sprinklings of scientific terminology allow readers to believe cryogenics could work but it's the same teenager social struggles and uncertainties that draw readers in.