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 questioned her mother, not about the rules, not about the clocks or the mirrors, not about moving from place to place to be one step ahead of the unseen monsters that Dea’s mother is certain are right behind them.
Then a mysterious new boy, Connor, comes to town and Dea finally starts to feel normal. As Connor breaks down the walls that she’s had up for so long, he gets closer to learning her secret. For the first time she wonders if that’s so bad. But when Dea breaks the rules, the boundary between worlds begins to deteriorate. How can she know what’s real and what’s not?
I don't know what I was expecting from Dreamland. Honestly, I don't think I really knew what to expect, so I was pleasantly surprised when I got an original enjoyable book that both fit into the typical YA paranormal mould as well as managed to do something original that kept me interested.
I can't claim that Dreamland was an amazing book because it definitely had it's flaws. I can, however, say that it did something new and original that kept me absorbed into the book. Odea was such a great character to read about, she was tough - that starnge girl that holds her head up even though people see her as weird. I did feel that at times her actions were a little inconsistent with what we have been lled to believe about her personality - I also felt like that about Connor.
The story was engaging from the start but up until around two-thirds in I felt like not much happened, Of course, that all changed when we learn about Dea's origins. Then things got interesting, albeit a little confusing as well. I didn't feel like I completely connected with the story or the characters, but I definitely enjoyed them enough to keep on reading.
Overall, Dreamland was a good enough read that brought something new to the YA market. I don't feel like it was in any way, shape or form a great read, but it was certainly good enough to keep my attention. One to check out, just don't rush to do it.
Overall Rating: C
Book released 22nd September 2015 by HarperTeen
Book received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review