Published by Harper Teen on May 2nd, 2017
Genres: science fiction, horror
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.
I kinda just wanna tell you all to read this book because holy crap, this book exceeded my expectations in such an amazing way. I was so surprised by how utterly fabulous this book was. I had honestly forgotten that I even had this book in my review pile and it wasn’t until I saw a fellow blogger’s review of it on Goodreads, that I even remembered I had it. My initial thought was that I was going to read it at the beginning of this month, but instead, I read it at the end of last month. Actually I devoured it in one afternoon.
Yes guys, it was that good. And so creepy. It was one of those books that grabbed my attention right away and did not stop the entire time. It kept me riveted, engaged and desperate to know what was coming up next. I got serious American Horror Story vibes from it for various, very spoilery reasons. I honestly wasn’t expecting this book to be that scary. Silly me, this book was terrifying and definitely more in the horror genre than I was expecting. The storytelling and the world building were awesome, easily a standout for me this year.
We got three different POVs. Two of them are teens in this experiment, Fergus & Cata and the third one is medical student, Jamie. I was initially pretty uninterested in Jamie, but as the book progressed, I became more curious about him and about what he was trying to prove with his observations of the experiment. There are many other characters in this book as well, including 5 other teens who are a part of this experimental procedure. This book is very character driven, which excited me a lot because characters can make or break a book for me and generally I tend to love books that are very character heavy.
I was a bit worried about possible romances because the book is so short and there’s so much to tackle already. This book has some flirting, but no actual romance, which I am so thankful for because I think it would have ruined the book for me. The book was incredibly strong on it’s own, and any romance would definitely have weakened the book.
Final thoughts: If you enjoy weird, horror/science fiction books pick this one up.