In the happy, clean community of Austin Valley, everything appears to be perfect. Seventeen-year-old Em Fuller, however, fears something is askew. Em is one of the new generation of Dream Travelers. For some reason, the gods have not seen fit to gift all of them with their expected special abilities.
Em is a Defect—one of the unfortunate Dream Travelers not gifted with a psychic power. Desperate to do whatever it takes to earn her gift, she endures painful daily injections along with commands from her overbearing, loveless father. One of the few bright spots in her life is the return of a friend she had thought dead—but with his return comes the knowledge of a shocking, unforgivable truth. The society Em thought was protecting her has actually been betraying her, but she has no idea how to break away from its authority without hurting everyone she loves.
***I received this eARC as a gift in exchange for an honest review via the author
I’ve been a big fan of Sarah Noffke’s books since I devoured the Lucidites series. When I picked this book up, I was crazy excited to go back into the dream travel world and OMG was I shocked. I instantly fell in love with these new characters and can honestly say, I ADORE this series even more than the Lucidites.
READ THIS BOOK IF:
- You’re looking for a new spin on dream travel, cult-like communities, and medical experiments.
- You like strong, developed characters, wicked villians, and wonderful dialogue.
- You want to LAUGH and be completely engrossed in the story.
- Em is an unconventional, inspiring lead. She knows exactly who she is, what she wants, and isn’t afraid to do what others turn their nose up at. Em is thoughtful, passionate, she doesn’t let her defect status break her and hangs out with the humans, neck deep in dirt and farm life. A regular sleuth, Em is a little rebel mixed with a klutz. There are tons of hilarious moments. Em is all personality.
- REN. If you’ve read the Lucidites series, you’ll remember his character, if you’re anything like me, fondly. Sarcastic, dominant, a little viscious, he’s unforgetable. Get him in a room with his sister, Em’s mother and it’s just about the best thing I’ve read in a while. The taunting, sibling rivalry and harassment is laugh out loud funny.
- Rogue is my new book boyfriend. Not only is he delciously sexy but he has a quirky, rebellious personality that just oozes sex appeal. The attraction between Em and Rogue is easy, natural, and they fit so well. Every moment is a new discovery and rediscovery of their childhood friendship. Seriously, swoons. Rogue has some of the best lines. He’s blunt, flirty, adorable and more than anything else, devoted to his cause. The scenes where he’s suffering ripped my heart out.
- Every secondary character is memorable and has a clearly defined storyline.
- PLOT TWIST CENTRAL. The clues are there but it still took me by surprise. The sheer evil, sadistc lack of morality and concern for humankind is despicable.
- Austin Valley has that creepy cult vibe. It’s inclusive, full of brainwashing and elitism based on religious zealots. Humans are basically menial slaves that don’t know any better. The outside world is the enemy. It’s insane and terrifying when you really think about it.
- The supernatural abilities are even more elaborate and awesome than before.
- When the truth is revealed, it’s a punch to the stomach without much examination of the wound. The findings are presented like facts and not expanded upon like they could have been to get the true horror of what is going on. The realization is powerful and leaves an impact but it would have been even stronger had it been thoroughly and psychologically explored by the characters.
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