Published by Macmillan on October 6th 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, SciFi
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A high-concept, fantastical espionage novel set in a world where dreams are the ultimate form of political intelligence.
Livia is a dreamstrider. She can inhabit a subject's body while they are sleeping and, for a short time, move around in their skin. She uses her talent to work as a spy for the Barstadt Empire. But her partner, Brandt, has lately become distant, and when Marez comes to join their team from a neighboring kingdom, he offers Livia the option of a life she had never dared to imagine. Livia knows of no other dreamstriders who have survived the pull of Nightmare. So only she understands the stakes when a plot against the Empire emerges that threatens to consume both the dreaming world and the waking one with misery and rage.
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This book was…. woah. I read this book in e-book format, and the amount of time it took for me to finish this book, I gotta admit, I think this book is super thick. Also, that detailed world though. I got a little bit too confused at the start, but once I got the hang of it, I couldn’t stop reading. The world being introduced in the books were full of details, but definitely not in the mind-boggling way.
Firstly, you gotta see the cover! See how pretty it is?! HAHA yes, I totally fell for the cover before the story. But then I realised that this story is about dreamstriders (well, duh!), which means that these people could inhabit others’ bodies in a dream-like way. It also means that there’s another world, other than ours — the Dreamers’ world. Throughout the whole book, I was just like AH I WANNA LIVE IN THIS BOOK, YES YES. And of course, there were some parts of this book that broke my fragile little heart.
Livia was a very modest character, and probably the unlikely heroine. She made tons of mistakes throughout the book, and there was also the Incident, which made her known for her mistakes. She wasn’t perfect — far from it, actually. But there’s a certain determination in her, that made me wanna root for her all the way. She’s also quite innocent at times, especially in the terms of romance. AHA, the romance in this book. Well, it wasn’t the main focal point of the whole novel, but it was there in the background.
But really, guys, this book will open up your eyes to a whole new world, and give you new meanings to dreams and nightmares. I mean, woah, it honestly made me wanna pay attention to my nightmares more, HAHA.