This book. So many feelings. First of all, I was extremely

This book. So many feelings. First of all, I was extremely

2/19/2021, 6:30:19 PM
This book. So many feelings. First of all, I was extremely excited for the release of THE DREAMERS last month (thank you @penguinrandomhouse for gifting me this copy) because I read and really loved THE AGE OF MIRACLES a couple years ago. After reading that, I just knew that Karen Thompson Walker was my kind of author. Her stories have this thread of dystopian/sci-fi unease and tension that run through them that is page turning. . THE DREAMERS, in a nutshell, is about a town that is suddenly and mysteriously taken over by a sleeping sickness. One by one, people are dropping into deep and unwakeable sleep. Some will get into bed and fail to wake up while others will fall asleep wherever they are standing. All the while, it is clear from the doctors observing them that they are furiously dreaming— their brain activity higher than that of someone awake. . This story follows four different perspectives throughout the spreading of the sickness. The third person telling gives you the sense you are watching from a distance, while still allowing readers to form personal connections. One, a couple with a newborn baby, was the most panic inducing for me. Can you imagine having a baby and constantly fearing that everyone would fall asleep and leave your baby helpless? . I tore through this book with the kind of curiosity that I haven’t had for a book in awhile. Walker’s style is so different that it’s not the type of book you feel like you can figure out. It compels you forward. . However, I did get bored somewhere in the last 100 pages. (Around the time that you’ve had tension and no answers for so long that your curiosity slackens.) It’s an introspective kind of ending and I didn’t find it completely satisfying. I’m sure some people will really hate it and some people will love it. I don’t even know if it really made any sense to me. And still, I know I’ll read whatever Walker puts out. I enjoy her stories and the way her brain works, and I’m pretty sure I’ll give this a reread in the future. #thedreamers #karenwalkerthompson #bookreview #bookreviewer #amreading

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