Author: Robert L. Anderson
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen (September 22, 2015)
Rating: 2.5 stars
Cover Love: <3 <3 <3
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 broken the rules.
Then a mysterious new boy, Connor, comes to town. For the first time in her life, Dea feels normal. But both Dea and Connor have secrets, and as she is increasingly drawn to Connor’s dreams—and nightmares—the boundary between worlds begins to deteriorate, putting everyone she loves in danger.
I had a chance to read Dreamland early this year and when I first read it I thought this was a good book but as time when on and went through the book once more, I started to noticed things that just didn’t add up and slowly but surely stars started to drop off my rating. Dreamland has a good concept going on but I think the lack of execution is what makes this read such an disappointment for me. Not only that but at times when I was reading it was pretty boring. On top of that I had a hard time believing the things that the people in this book were believing.
Odea the main character has the ability to walk through people dreams. If she doesn’t she gets sick for whatever reasons. Can someone say invasion of privacy? Seriously, Odea doesn’t question anything that is odd with her life. Like the fact that her mother is always moving to kept ahead of the monster. The fact that there are no mirrors or clocks in the house and all of these strange things. Sorry but if it was me I think somewhere along the line I’m going to question my mother’s sanity. Also why is it that I need to walk through people dreams in order to survive and live. A question that never really gets answered.
Other things that I found odd with Dreamland is the interaction with the characters. Maybe it was the dialogue but things just…felt weird and off. I just didn’t believe or felt any connection with any of the characters. Although Odea is interesting, she just wasn’t interesting enough for me to care what happened to her. Plus the romance was meh, Again it felt like an afterthought. Something thrown in just for the sake of it being YA. You know all YA has a formula where romance is a must. Bah.
My last and final point about Dreamland is that it’s fast paced. Extremely fast paced that you the reader are at the halfway point without even knowing. Yet nothing has really happened and you still don’t have answers to your questions. I’m still trying to figure out what the hell I read. And remember I read this book twice.
Overall, Dreamland is an uneventful book that is pretty confusing with answers that never get resolved. Just like the movie Inception. But at least I found Inception interesting. I can’t in my heart recommend this book. Damn I hate when that happens because the concept was so good but again the execution is what fucks it up.
*I received an e-arc copy via Edelweiss in exchange for a honest review.