Tegan didn’t think she would change the world. As a teenager in Melbourne, Australia in 2027, she is concerned about the failing environment and the strict No Migrant policy that Australia has enacted to deal with the limited resources. But it’s her best friend, Alex, and her boyfriend, Abdul, who are the real activists, passionate about all these causes. Though it wasn’t Alex or Abdul who was shot at a rally on the steps of Parliament. A sniper aimed for the Prime Minister, but hit Tegan instead. Shot her through her heart and killed her.
Tegan died that day, but she woke up over 100 years later. She had donated her body to science, and advances in cryogenics have allowed the government to revive her. Cryogenics which is when the recently dead are frozen in the hopes of reviving them later with medical advances. Tegan is the first successful revival.
Tegan didn’t realize what donating her body to science could mean. The media all want to talk to the Living Dead Girl. Fundamentalist groups think she’s an insult to God. The army paid a lot of money to preserve and awaken her, and they aren’t going to give her up. As Tegan begins to understand the strangeness of this new century, she also begins to see the hidden horrors. The government is working on a project, a project they’re willing to kill for, a project that all depends on Tegan.
Karen Healey has written two books, When We Wake and While We Run, that are set in Tegan’s new world. The second book is from Abdi’s the point of view. Abdi is from Africa and had received the much coveted Talent Visa to attend school in Australia. He is reluctantly involved in Tegan’s world in the first book, but, by the sequel, there is no going back.