I received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Dreamland by Robert L. Anderson
Published by HarperTeen on September 22nd, 2015
Genres: Mystery/Thriller, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Young Adult
Source: The Publisher
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Odea Donahue has been able to travel through people’s dreams since she was six years old. Her mother taught her the three rules of walking: Never interfere. Never be seen. Never walk the same person’s dream more than once. Dea has never questioned her mother, not about the rules, not about the clocks or the mirrors, not about moving from place to place to be one step ahead of the unseen monsters that Dea’s mother is certain are right behind them.
Then a mysterious new boy, Connor, comes to town and Dea finally starts to feel normal. As Connor breaks down the walls that she’s had up for so long, he gets closer to learning her secret. For the first time she wonders if that’s so bad. But when Dea breaks the rules, the boundary between worlds begins to deteriorate. How can she know what’s real and what’s not?
Well, what an interestingly weird book.
I have always been fascinated by the idea that there are other worlds out there. Parallel universes. One I have never thought of was a Dreamland — a land were all the things we dream go. It’s mind-boggling if you sit a REALLY think about it.
Dea, is a dream walker. Using objects of other people, she slips into their dreams. What I thought was unique, and quite important, was WHY Dea needed to dream walk. Add that mystery, plus a murder mystery and another missing person you have yourself a rapidly paced book that grips you from the beginning.
Honestly at first, I wasn’t sure of the direction this story would go. There were little drops of clues throughout – forcing me to pay attention to everything that’s going on; in the “real world” and “dream world.” The dream world was eerie, creepy and dark at times, which I loved and it was easy to get lost in. Weaving the small details between the worlds was fun to piece together as well.
Since this is written in 3rd person — it was hard to really get into the characters, especially Dea. That didn’t really hinder my enjoyment too much — because the world made up for the lack of character attachment. I also thought the time jump – about 2 months – added an additional layer of detachment because I didn’t get to see the character interact and grow close.
The ending – left me hoping for a sequel yet appreciating the originality of it. There is so much more of those world and characters to explore. If you are looking for something different – with beautiful writing and an eerie undertone, I recommend it!
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- Have you read Dreamland? If so, what did you think?
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