The Vault of Dreamers
by Caragh M. O’Brien
Lately I have been somewhat negative with my reviews but I’ve been reading not so good books. My reading streak has come to an end and I’m so sad.Today I bring to you The Vault of Dreamers by Caragh M. O’Brien. I honestly was really excited about this book but in the end it was a totally letdown. I mean the premise of the story was good and that is what drew me and and made me purchase this book. Yes people I buy my own books. I’m a collector of good stories. Plus, I just want to read all that I can read before–well you know. Anyways, read the synopsis and tell me you don’t think this would have been a 5 star book if the author just kept with that theme?
The Forge School is the most prestigious arts school in the country. The secret to its success: every moment of the students’ lives is televised as part of the insanely popular Forge Show, and the students’ schedule includes twelve hours of induced sleep meant to enhance creativity. But when first year student Rosie Sinclair skips her sleeping pill, she discovers there is something off about Forge. In fact, she suspects that there are sinister things going on deep below the reaches of the cameras in the school. What’s worse is, she starts to notice that the ridges of her consciousness do not feel quite right. And soon, she unearths the ghastly secret that the Forge School is hiding—and what it truly means to dream there.
See. That’s what I’m talking about but sadly that is not how the story really comes. In fact there wasn’t anything scary at all. I though it would be a bit more creepy and sinister but it fell flat for me. First the whole setting of the book is set in the year 2066 but felt more like the year 2000. I was at least looking for a flying car or cellphones implanted in the brains but nope. Cars still run on gas and people actually still cook your food. No robots whatsoever. There’s not even a cure for cancer or something. It was all so blah.
Also Rosie the main character, she’s hard to get involved with but it’s not her fault. The author pretty much thrust Rosie in our face without to much background or where she came from except that she came from an abusive home and had a weak mother. Okay, what else? I was looking for more if I’m suppose to me invested in her plight against the “bogey man”.
Secondly, it’s 2066 and Reality TV is still the biggest thing. I mean come on. I don’t want to have to watch the Kardashians in my old age. Just not right. I thought we would have moved on from Reality TV but apparently not. Whatever.
Since I’m not in the business of spoiling books for people I won’t but the whole sinister plot that is suppose to be happening at the school was completely confusing to me. Maybe someone can enlightening me on what the heck was going on besides the predictable cliff-hanger ending. This was the whole problem of the book. There was not enough information to satisfy me. I’m not asking for information dumps or overload but just enough to make me understand.
Hopefully, with book two there will be some more info to help me get the gist of what is happening. Just because the execution of a book in not on par does not mean I have given up on this author. Caragh M. O’Brien is an exceptionally writer but The Vault of Dreamers just didn’t pan out.
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