From immensely talented debut author Robert L. Anderson comes a stunning, complex, and imaginative story about the fine line between dreams and reality that will appeal to fans of Maggie Stiefvater's The Raven Cycle.
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.
©2015 Robert L. Anderson (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers
This book piqued my interest from page one. Odea has been able to walk other people's dreams since she was 6 years old. Somehow, by walking dreams, her illness stays at bay. There is something different about Odea and seeming to sense it, others treat her as an outcast, every city her and her mom move to, rumors spread. She currently has one friend, in the small town she currently resides, until Connor moves to town. Connor has her breaking all the rules of dream walking that she has followed to a T since day one. Never be seen, never walk a dream more than once or "they" will find you. Seems pretty simple, but something about Connor makes Odea needing to be closer, needing to know more about him.
This is where things start to get strange.
Odea's mother goes missing, she (Odea) ends up in the mental ward, and she starts to feel sick from not walking any dreams. She needs Connors help to escape, but when she does, she isn't prepared for what she will learn about her mother and herself.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book but the weird, mysterious aspects of the book moved too quickly for my taste. I wanted more of the dream world and less reality once we got to that point of the book which is why I only rated it 4 stars. I felt that we were introduced to characters and potential plot points that were later rushed over to tie up the last chapter.
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