Title: Dream Me
Author: Kathryn Berla
Genre: Young adult (contemporary + sci-fi)
Published: By Amberjack Publishing on July 11th, 2017
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
(adapted from Goodreads)
Zat is a dreamer from the distant future—a time when humans no longer dream and Earth is a desolate wasteland. He dreams of the beautiful Earth of the past, and a fiery-haired beauty named Babe. Against the wisdom of his peers, Zat decides to risk everything to travel back in time and live in Babe’s dreams.
Babe is the perpetual new girl in town. Her father’s job frequently moves the family around the country, and Babe just longs for a place to call home. As she settles into the sleepy town of Sugar Dunes, Florida, Babe begins to have strange dreams of a green-eyed boy named Zat. But the dreams come at the cost of nearly crippling migraines every morning. The more time Babe and Zat spend together in her dreams, the more Babe’s pain increases, and Zat begins to question the reality of his existence. Can a dream become a reality?
Note: I received a free e-copy of the book via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review
Babe was a strong-willed and determined character with whom I had an instant connection. I liked reading from her perspective and her journal-like blog (even the comments). However, Zat was a problem for me. I never really connected with him (also, the name annoyed me). The supporting cast was well fleshed out and I loved their personality and their quirks. The friendships formed were the best part of the book for me, as I didn’t quite enjoy the romance. Although the sci-fi angle was an interesting twist, there were a lot of unanswered questions. I also felt that the ending was rushed and I didn’t get as much closure as I’d have liked to about the secondary characters. I loved the writing style in this book – it is laid back, clear and thought-provoking. The different narrators were distinguishable and that is another reason I felt the writing was well-done.
I would recommend this book to all the dreamers in the world and those who enjoy a complex YA contemporary romance. Reading about the bleak future described in this food made me appreciate all the food I took for granted more, so go with homely, comfort food for this. For the music, I’d pair it with classical piano music like Chopin because they are tinged with a dream-like quality.
I never shut up on Twitter, it seems. Having read this and The House at 758 by Kathryn Berla, I tweeted about my progress and thoughts. Here’s what the author had to say:
Of course I had a mini heart attack after that. Authors are the nicest on Twitter, don’t you think? Also, I’m so lucky to be this little book blogger to whom authors pay attention. I’m incredibly thankful for that! 🙂
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