Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Dreamland by Robert L. Anderson

by Robert L. Anderson

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Twitter @dreamlandauthor

Release date: September 22, 2015
Publisher: HarperTeen
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, YA
Hardback: 336 pages
Rating: 4

First sentence(s):
Afterward, Dea blamed it all on Toby. She knew it wasn't nice to blame a cat. It was definitely immature. But that was life: one big chain reaction, a series of sparks and explosions.

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.

Zombie sightings:
note: there are some zombie references, but because I read an ARC I cannot say for sure if they made it into the final copy

My two-bits:

This fantasy includes a couple thriller scenes that kept me wondering to the end. But for the most part contemporary YA stuff going on.

I liked the take on dreams and dreaming including the related quotes at the start of each chapter. It caused pause for thought on the subject in general.

The characters were likable and developed well. There is a coming of age moment for the main character, Odea. Loved the nickname for Odea's friend - Gollum.

There are some romance bits which also is a force that drives this story.

side note: reminded me of Neil Gaiman's graphic novel series, Sandman

About the author:
Robert L. Anderson grew up in Brooklyn and graduated college in 2004 with a degree in philosophy. Since then, he has lived in five states and twelve countries, and on three continents.

Dreamland is his first novel.


* review copy courtesy of Epic Reads

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