Saturday, January 7, 2017

The Vault of Dreamers by Caragh M. O'Brien

The Vault of Dreamers (The Vault of Dreamers, #1)The Vault of Dreamers by Caragh M. O'Brien
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Netgalley (a long time ago)
Genre: YA Dystopian/Sci-Fi

Book Description:  From the author of the Birthmarked trilogy comes a fast-paced, psychologically thrilling novel about what happens when your dreams are not your own.

The Forge School is the most prestigious arts school in the country. The secret to its success:  every moment of the students' lives is televised as part of the insanely popular Forge Show, and the students' schedule includes twelve hours of induced sleep meant to enhance creativity. But when first year student Rosie Sinclair skips her sleeping pill, she discovers there is something off about Forge. In fact, she suspects that there are sinister things going on deep below the reaches of the cameras in the school. What's worse is, she starts to notice that the edges of her consciousness do not feel quite right. And soon, she unearths the ghastly secret that the Forge School is hiding—and what it truly means to dream there.

My thoughts: What a nightmare! Not the book, or the writing, the story is a nightmare.

This book is set as a sci-fi dystopian. A group of kids do basically a reality show where they compete to stay at a prestigious school to study the arts. It is a "dream" come true for many of them. They can't afford the education that they receive.

There is a catch (as always), they have to sleep in pods for 12 hours. The school provides the sleeping pills. Supposedly it is the maximum sleep for creativity. One student doesn't take her sleeping pills and quickly learns that it is not as innocent as it seems.

This book is not set in a distant future. There are many things that feel familiar for a dystopian book. The science is different, but it makes me wonder if something like it could happen. Basically this book made me think. Books where there is a villain who seems benign and acting like he is helping society really interest me. It reminds me that people are not always who they appear to be on the surface.

The book has romance that is age appropriate. There is some violence and a lot of a young lady sneaking out of her bed investigating. The subject matter is a little disturbing and intense, with that in mind, I would feel comfortable letting one of my teens read this book.

The best part of starting a trilogy part way through the publication of the books, is that you can read books one and two right now.  Book three comes out in August 2017.

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