Dreamfall by Amy Plum

Dreamfall

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 the...

Title:Dreamfall
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ISBN:0062429876
Edition Language:English
Number of Pages:288 pages

Dreamfall Reviews

  • Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)

    This was interesting. I went from "hmm I am not sure about this" to "need book two NOW, please and thank you" pretty quickly. It was a slow start- and kind of weird, if I am being honest. I also wasn't sure about the likelihood that parents would sign their kids up for this with it being so unknown, but I guess if you're desperate... I certainly can't judge. The science part of it I didn

    This was interesting. I went from "hmm I am not sure about this" to "need book two NOW, please and thank you" pretty quickly. It was a slow start- and kind of weird, if I am being honest. I also wasn't sure about the likelihood that parents would sign their kids up for this with it being so unknown, but I guess if you're desperate... I certainly can't judge. The science part of it I didn't fully get- nor do I know if I was supposed to, but it didn't really matter. All that matters is that the author made clear that the stakes are very, very high. This could result in death, this was no joke.

    The characters were great too, and we got to see inside their minds so much while they were "dreaming". And I don't want to say a ton, because I am afraid that I'd spoil stuff, but it was a very unique way to get to know characters. There was some unbelivibility, especially when it came to letting the random med student stay in the room when stuff started going haywire. But, even though it was a little "off", her POV was essential, so it didn't bother me.

    There were some amazing twists too that I definitely hadn't seen coming, and the book kept me guessing the whole time. I am seriously excited for the second book, because I have no idea what the endgame is and I love that!

    Bottom Line: After a slightly shaky start, I got really, really hooked on this book. It was very unique and wholly consuming, and I am eager to read the sequel!

    *Copy provided for review

  • Laura

    I had to push myself to keep reading. This one almost ended up on the dreaded "DNF" list that I try to avoid if possible.

    I had to push myself to keep reading. This one almost ended up on the dreaded "DNF" list that I try to avoid if possible. I am happy I decided to keep reading if only for the twist at the end that becomes semi-predictable at a point, though I admit the dream sequences started to get skimmed because it was just so wtf and even bordered on repetitive as they'd fight to survive/escape. It felt like the same questions asked over and over as the characters would reiterate what we already knew. And as we get in a new dream, it starts all over.

    What was refreshing was Jaime's POV (one of only three). Jaime is a premed student observing the experiment. There is also Cata and Fergus, both subjects in the experimental procedure to cure sleep disorders. Jaime's perspective gives us the opportunity to see what is going on in the lab, while the seven subjects are all comatose. While Cata and Fergus allow us to see two different perspectives within the dreamworld. The only problem with these two is their voices don't feel distinct from one another. We don't know a lot about the characters to start - only that the seven subjects have sleep disorders and fall between the ages 13-19. Through their experiences in the dreamworld and Jaime's in the lab where Jaime has access to each subject's file, we slowly learn about the characters.

    There is a diverse cast. And Jaime's gender is not mentioned at all. I applaud the author on this decision. I actually hope it never gets brought up because gender shouldn't hold that importance. It is who you are as a person, not what appendage you have between your legs.

    Here is the thing...I am a huge horror buff. So maybe I'm desensitized to certain horror scenes. But I didn't find myself scared one bit in this book and that's the main thing I was hoping for. It probably doesn't help that I've had some terrifying nightmares that these just don't measure up to. Younger readers may find scenes in the dream sequences to be frightening, but I wouldn't recommend going into this hoping for some scares. It might not happen for you.

    While this book offers a few very wonderful things, it wasn't exactly for me up until that twist at the end making me interested in the sequel. Jaime's chapters were the most interesting for me. This wasn't quite as

    as I was expecting.

  • Stacee

    I have always been a fan of Amy's words, so I was pretty excited to get my hands on this one. Added bonus for it being creepy.

    There are a good amount of characters, but we only get the POV from 3: two patients in the experiment and one pre-med student observing. And between the three of them, we get quite a story.

    There's not much I can say without spoilers, so just know that it's imaginative and eerie and maybe scary for some and absolutely delicious. I wish I had book 2 in my hands right now.

    I have always been a fan of Amy's words, so I was pretty excited to get my hands on this one. Added bonus for it being creepy.

    There are a good amount of characters, but we only get the POV from 3: two patients in the experiment and one pre-med student observing. And between the three of them, we get quite a story.

    There's not much I can say without spoilers, so just know that it's imaginative and eerie and maybe scary for some and absolutely delicious. I wish I had book 2 in my hands right now.

    **Huge thanks to HarperTeen and Edelweiss for providing the arc free of charge**

  • Saania Zee Jamal ϟ

    WE HAVE A COVER!

    And I am loving every trippy bit of it.

    _______________

    Color me

    intrigued.

    Now dear book,

  • Jennifer

    Dreamfall is the first book in a new YA duology by author Amy Plum

    I am not sure what genre the book is. I've seen it listed as YA horror, YA fantasy, YA science fiction and I've also seen it referred to as a psychological thriller. IMO it is not science fiction, fantasy or a psychological thriller. I guess it could be YA horror. The book starts off feeling like our world. The only difference being the experiment and the severe insomnia experienced by the teens. But then there is also the dream/s

    Dreamfall is the first book in a new YA duology by author Amy Plum

    I am not sure what genre the book is. I've seen it listed as YA horror, YA fantasy, YA science fiction and I've also seen it referred to as a psychological thriller. IMO it is not science fiction, fantasy or a psychological thriller. I guess it could be YA horror. The book starts off feeling like our world. The only difference being the experiment and the severe insomnia experienced by the teens. But then there is also the dream/scary aspect.

    The narrators are Cata, Jaime and Fergus. Cata is a 16 year old girl with insomnia and PTSD. Jaime is a premed student observing the sleep experiment. Fergus is a boy with insomnia. Both Cata and Fergus are part of the experiment.

    The book is about seven teens between 13-19 who all suffer from chronic insomnia. They are undergoing a new electroconvulsive technology to try to cure them. I found the idea of the experiment to be very interesting.

    I am a fan of the author's Revenants series. So I knew that I wanted to read this book. It started off well. I loved the idea of teens undergoing an experiment to try to cure their insomnia. I actually wish that this was the focus of the book (curing the insomnia). But something goes wrong with the experiments and the dreams the kids experience become the focus of the book.

    The dreams are supposed to be scary. There are creatures and other scary stuff in them. All the kids end up in each other's dreams. Unfortunately this aspect of the book was not for me at all and I ended up skimming a lot of the dreams. I would have liked more of an explanation as to why this was happening (I guess this will be examined more fully in the next book).

    What I did love was everything to do with the doctors and the experiment. We get to learn about this from Jaime's POV. I found Jaime's chapters to be very strong and I absolutely loved his/her POV. Apparently we are not supposed to know whether Jaime is a boy or girl (the author discusses this in the acknowledgements). It honestly never occurred to me that Jaime wasn't a girl. I've never seen that spelling for a boy and the character just felt like a girl to me. But apparently half of the people assume that Jaime is a girl and the other half assume that Jaime is a boy. And the author purposely left it ambiguous.

    The book has a cliffhanger ending and it was a good one. But overall I just didn't enjoy the dreams.

    Thanks to edelweiss and HarperTeen for allowing me to read this book!

  • Ishmeen

    You know your tastes are messed up when your favourite character is revealed to be a psychopath 🌚

  • Sarah

    (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

    This was a YA fantasy story, about a group of insomniac teens caught in a shared nightmare world.

    I liked the characters in this, they all made the best of things, had their own coping strategies, and didn’t give up, even in the worst of circumstances. I also liked how we learned more about them as the book went on, and that there were

    (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

    This was a YA fantasy story, about a group of insomniac teens caught in a shared nightmare world.

    I liked the characters in this, they all made the best of things, had their own coping strategies, and didn’t give up, even in the worst of circumstances. I also liked how we learned more about them as the book went on, and that there were twists in store as information about the teens was revealed.

    The storyline in this was about seven teens taking part in an experiment to cure their insomnia. During the experiment, which used ECT (Electroconvulsive Therapy), there was an earthquake which interrupted the electrical supply, sending the teens into what the doctors thought was a coma. However, the teens all found themselves thrust into a group dream, where they were forced to battle their way through their nightmares together. I did like the action in this book, and I also liked how we had Jaime back in the lab letting us know what was going on outside of the dream world. I thought that the nightmares were quite creepy, and I wouldn’t have wanted to battle through them myself.

    The ending to this didn’t really tie much up, so it will be interesting to see what happens in the next book.

    6.5 out of 10

  • Maggie ☘ (Reader in Wonderland)

    was actually pretty intriguing read. I liked the idea of this story - Seven subjects suffering from insomnia for different reasons and traumas are being tested for a cure, but... The lab equipment malfunctions and they are all thrust into simultaneous coma and together joined in some kind of dream state, in their nightmares.

    The concept of

    was very intri

    was actually pretty intriguing read. I liked the idea of this story - Seven subjects suffering from insomnia for different reasons and traumas are being tested for a cure, but... The lab equipment malfunctions and they are all thrust into simultaneous coma and together joined in some kind of dream state, in their nightmares.

    The concept of

    was very intriguing one, but it didn't entirely live up to it. While this book was quite captivating read overall, it was also a bit boring at times, with some blank spaces and rather simple plotline going, for the most part, in circles.

    This book is told in first person from 3 POVs - Cata, Jaime and Fergus. Jaime's pov being outside of the dreams so we get to see some scienc-y explanations and what is actually happening in real world in the lab. I liked that all three POVs sounded distinctive from one another. While I enjoyed reading from all of the characters, no one truly stood out for me. They ended up being a bit flat and one dimensional. There simply wasn't enough characterization for any of the them, which was one of the reasons why I couldn't truly connect to the story.

    The other fact, though not necessarily a bad thing, was that there was no romance. Just a forewarning, because it was kind of breath of fresh air for me. The story is mainly centered around the nightmares and its adventures, lab and the characters as a group.

    has short chapters and is very easy and fast read. It was pretty enjoyable overall, but nothing especially stood out for me. I'd recommend this book if you want to read something entertaining but average set in (I guess) contemporary world with some science fiction elements, with no romance and a few creepy scenes.

    Fans of Plum's

    duology will definitely enjoy this one as well.


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