Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Tuesday #Review - Dreamfall by Amy Plum #YALit #Horror @AmyPlumOhLaLa ‏@harperteen

Series: Dreamfall # 1
Format: E-Galley, 288 pages
Release Date: May 2, 2017
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: Edelweiss
Genre: YA / Thrillers & Suspense

Nightmare on Elm Street meets The Matrix in this gripping, psychological thriller from internationally bestselling author Amy Plum. When an experiment to cure a group of teens’ insomnia goes awry, they find themselves trapped in a dangerous dreamscape created from their nightmares.

Cata Cordova suffers from such debilitating insomnia that she agreed to take part in an experimental new procedure. She thought things couldn’t get any worse...but she was terribly wrong.

Soon after the experiment begins, there’s a malfunction with the lab equipment, and Cata and six other teen patients are plunged into a shared dreamworld with no memory of how they got there. Even worse, they come to the chilling realization that they are trapped in a place where their worst nightmares have come to life. Hunted by creatures from their darkest imaginations and tormented by secrets they’d rather keep buried, Cata and the others will be forced to band together to face their biggest fears. And if they can’t find a way to defeat their dreams, they will never wake up.

Perfect for fans of Madeleine Roux, Danielle Vega, and Kendare Blake, Dreamfall is the first book in a spine-tingling duology full of action, suspense, and horror—and it is sure to keep readers on the edge of their seat until the very last page.

Amy Plum, author of the Revenants trilogy, returns with a Nightmare on Elm Street inspired horror duology called Dreamfall. Dreamfall has a rather large cast of characters. It features teens like Catalina (Cata) Cordova, Fergus, Sinclair, Remi, and Ant who all suffer from sleeping disorders that affect their every day way of life. During the experiment, an earthquake interrupts the experiment, sending the teens into what the doctors believe is a coma. The teens actually find themselves thrust into a group dream, where they are forced to battle their way through their nightmare after nightmare in order to survive.

There is another character named Jaime. Jaime is a Pre-Med student from Yale who is given the opportunity to sit on a revolutionary trial that may lead to curing sleep disorders. Jamie is the character who introduces readers to each of the teens who are participating in the experiment. Jaime's perspective is also the one that gives readers the opportunity to see what is going on in the real world while the teens find themselves in what is being called Dreamfall. 

Yes, unfortunately, this story does end on a cliffhanger. But, the good thing is that this series is ONLY a duology which means that book 2 (Neverwake) will hopefully wrap up things and there will actually be survivors. Can imagine that the author would intentionally kill off an entire cast, but stranger things have happened. Dreamfall is one of those stories where you really hope that book # 2 comes out sooner, rather than later so things remain fresh in your memory. I have thought about this since I finished reading the book. I have labeled Jaime, Cata, and Fergus as the main characters of this story, with Sinclair as the one I don't quite feel good about. Ant, as the youngest, is by far the most intriguing character in the story.  

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