Dreamfall (Dreamfall #1)
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 there. Even worse, they come to the chilling realization that they are trapped in a place where their worst nightmares have come to life. Hunted by creatures from their darkest imaginations and tormented by secrets they’d rather keep buried, Cata and the others will be forced to band together to face their biggest fears. And if they can’t find a way to defeat their dreams, they will never wake up.

Dreamfall (Dreamfall #1) Details

TitleDreamfall (Dreamfall #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMay 2nd, 2017
PublisherHarperTeen
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Horror, Science Fiction, Fantasy

Dreamfall (Dreamfall #1) Review

  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    And what, exactly, will they be doing? Well, in a few short days, they’ll be laying us out in a lab, fitting our heads with electrodes, and running electrical currents through our brains until our insomnia is fried into extinction. They’ll be shocking us into normalcy.Yes, I’m scared. But if this is what I have to do to be able to sleep again, I’m ready to sign my life away. 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. And what, exactly, will they be doing? Well, in a few short days, they’ll be laying us out in a lab, fitting our heads with electrodes, and running electrical currents through our brains until our insomnia is fried into extinction. They’ll be shocking us into normalcy.Yes, I’m scared. But if this is what I have to do to be able to sleep again, I’m ready to sign my life away. 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 Nightmare on Elm Street as I was expecting.
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  • Ishmeen
    January 1, 1970
    You know your tastes are messed up when your favourite character is revealed to be a psychopath 🌚
  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.) “A chill goes through me when I understand what he said. The clowns.” 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.) “A chill goes through me when I understand what he said. The clowns.” 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
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  • Sabrina The Trash Queen
    January 1, 1970
    They wanted dreams.What they got were nightmares. This book has been in my shelf for over a year now. I guess is time to read it. It sound incredible.
  • Maggie ☘ (Reader in Wonderland)
    January 1, 1970
    *3.5/5 stars* “Yes, I’m scared. But if this is what I have to do to be able to sleep again, I’m ready to sign my life away.” Dreamfall 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 Dreamfall was very intri *3.5/5 stars* “Yes, I’m scared. But if this is what I have to do to be able to sleep again, I’m ready to sign my life away.” Dreamfall 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 Dreamfall 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. Vesper is staring at her like he’s challenging her to do something impossible. “Call it,” he urges.She sighs and says, “As of seven fifty-five a.m., I declare all seven subjects comatose.” 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. Dreamfall 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. “A chill goes through me when I understand what he said. The clowns.” Fans of Plum's After the End duology will definitely enjoy this one as well.
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  • The Girl Murdered by Her TBR
    January 1, 1970
    5 mind blowing stars!!!! This book was a total mindfuck!!!From the beginning till the end, it will make you guess who is who and what is what...There are so many things I loved about this book! Like really loved!!!1. The plot because its so freaking awesome!!!2. The different psychological illnesses and conditions used by the author to make the different characters' personality. 3. How the author combined realism and fantasy. Trust me only few can managed to create a novel and this book managed 5 mind blowing stars!!!! This book was a total mindfuck!!!From the beginning till the end, it will make you guess who is who and what is what...There are so many things I loved about this book! Like really loved!!!1. The plot because its so freaking awesome!!!2. The different psychological illnesses and conditions used by the author to make the different characters' personality. 3. How the author combined realism and fantasy. Trust me only few can managed to create a novel and this book managed to combine the two and ends up to being great4. The freaking plot twist people! It was very unexpected and jaw dropping! 5. Its creepy, weird and surrealistic. But sooo sooo good!!!I honestly adored this book. It was very informative, imaginative and just... brilliant. Honestly, I'm great in guessing about what's gonna happen next or what plot twist will happen. But this book... I don't really know what will happen. I didn't have a single clue about what will happen in every chapter, its like I'm totally blindsided; and that people, is the reason I absolutely loved this book!Every scene will take you by surprise, it will make you guess what will happen next then once you've think of a possible explanation, it will shock you because it'll turn out to be wrong and you'll realize that there is more than meets the eye. OMG!!!Reading this thrilled, shocked, intrigued, and left me wondering what the fuck is going to happen next. It was a cliffhanger but it still worth the wait... For the readers who loves horror, mystery, psychological, and twisted books, this one is for you... TRUST ME!!!!!
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  • Saania Zee Jamal ϟ
    January 1, 1970
    WE HAVE A COVER! And I am loving every trippy bit of it._______________Color me very intrigued.Now dear book,
  • Stacee
    January 1, 1970
    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**
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  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    January 1, 1970
    2.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2017/08/19/...In Dreamfall, a group of teenagers are signed up for an experimental study that is supposed to help treat their individual sleep disorders, which range from chronic insomnia to debilitating night terrors. However, the equipment hooked up to the teens ends up malfunctioning during the trial and the seven of them fall into comas—or at least, that’s what it looks like to the researchers overseeing the project. In reality th 2.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2017/08/19/...In Dreamfall, a group of teenagers are signed up for an experimental study that is supposed to help treat their individual sleep disorders, which range from chronic insomnia to debilitating night terrors. However, the equipment hooked up to the teens ends up malfunctioning during the trial and the seven of them fall into comas—or at least, that’s what it looks like to the researchers overseeing the project. In reality though, they’re all dreaming, trapped in one nightmare together. Worse, they’re being hunted by their deepest fears come to life, and in this dream you’ll never wake up if you die.Unfortunately, books like this one remind me of why most YA horror doesn’t work for me these days. As much as I wanted to like it because of its compelling blurb, Dreamfall reads like a made-for-TV movie complete with all the thriller clichés and teen drama archetypes. What makes this even more of a shame is that I sense a sincere attempt from the author to make her cast diverse, but none of it really matters in the end because most of the characters are so easily forgotten and expendable. The multi-narrator format that was intended to give us a well-rounded picture of everyone also meant the focus was diluted and no one stood out, and from there things went downhill. After all, I can’t bring myself to enjoy a story unless I first care about the people involved; without that as a basic foundation, everything else just becomes an empty experience.Still, I don’t want to make it sound like I hated the book, because at the very least the plot was fast-paced and fun. However, apart from maybe that twist ending, Dreamfall was entirely unmemorable. It’s only been a day since I finished the book and I’ve already forgotten half the characters’ names, so I very much doubt I’ll be continuing with this series despite things finally getting interesting in the last couple chapters. There are plenty more other books I need to get to on my YA shelf.
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    Dreamfall is the first book in a new YA duology by author Amy PlumI 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 PlumI 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!
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  • ✨ Kaira ✨
    January 1, 1970
    Plot - 5Characters - 4Writing style - 4Romance - 5In which a group of sleep-deprived teenagers got stuck in their nightmares together. This is one of the creepiest books I've ever read, no joke. I can't even read this when I am alone because it gives me chills. Plot - hands down to the author for this. It is utterly genius. This is the type of novel you want your friends to talk about when alone in the dark. The plot twists seriously got me, it's been ages since I was actually shook from the rev Plot - 5Characters - 4Writing style - 4Romance - 5In which a group of sleep-deprived teenagers got stuck in their nightmares together. This is one of the creepiest books I've ever read, no joke. I can't even read this when I am alone because it gives me chills. Plot - hands down to the author for this. It is utterly genius. This is the type of novel you want your friends to talk about when alone in the dark. The plot twists seriously got me, it's been ages since I was actually shook from the revelation. Man, the last 20 pages were amazing! Writing style - fast paced although there's some boring moments. Right from the page 1, this whole thing got me hooked. Read it in one sitting. Characters - I love them all, okay? Especially the flirt even though the revelation about him. I just wish we get to know more of their backstory and the messages about their nightmares. Romance - minimal romance which is okay for me since the plot was really just amazing. Although I have to be honest, at first, I kinda despite the whole romance because all they do were flirt to each other instead of really paying attention on how to survive this shit. Spoiler: It kinda intrigue me that Sinclair is a psycho but I just hope he'll remain his romance with Cats although I don't think that's possible. Since the day one, I already have a feeling CAta is gonna end up with Fergus which is kinda okay with me because they're cute together. However, isn't it a bit, I don't know, awkward that they only ended up together because they have no choice? Fergus' romantic interest in book 1 was actually imaginary while Sinclair was a psychopath which means he'll probably kill them in the sequel.
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  • noor
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 STARSWHAT!???? WHAT!!!!!! OHMYOGDGSHAHDHAHHDHAJS MY WIG HAS BEEN RIPPED OFF. I HAVE ZERO TIME TO REVIEW THIS, IM MOVING ON TO THE SECOND BOOK NOW.
  • Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
    January 1, 1970
    You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at 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 You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at 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'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
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  • rachel • typed truths
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsI wish I could bottle up my feelings about this book so I could convince you to give it a shot. Unfortunately, these meagre words are going to have to do. This book perfectly achieved its purpose: it creeped me out. This is honestly the first book to ever do that to me. Ever. I am trying to seem more macho than I am, but it honestly takes a lot to actually scare me in books. Even if a book is well-written and engaging, there is always a distance between me and the story that stops me fr 4.5 starsI wish I could bottle up my feelings about this book so I could convince you to give it a shot. Unfortunately, these meagre words are going to have to do. This book perfectly achieved its purpose: it creeped me out. This is honestly the first book to ever do that to me. Ever. I am trying to seem more macho than I am, but it honestly takes a lot to actually scare me in books. Even if a book is well-written and engaging, there is always a distance between me and the story that stops me from getting creeped out. It is not real - so it doesn’t scare me. Plum managed to completely erase that barrier though. I do not know how she did it but she managed to capture that surreal feeling of dreaming, of having a nightmare, and make it come alive on the page. The whole book felt like one of those dreams where you know you are dreaming and that the events of the dream are unrealistic nonsense… but there’s nothing you can do about it. You have no control. It’s terrifying. It’s got that awful nauseous quality to it and Plum got that feeling on the page perfectly. I was engaged the whole time. The plot had me salivating for the next page. I wanted more. I need more; more answers, more of the characters. I wanted to know what was happening and why. It was absolutely brilliant in that sense. I could not put it down.I also adored the characters. All of them. They were all rich and complex. I loved that they were realistically flawed. Some of them were rude or had a quick temper but it was done it a way that did not make them unlikable, just more human. Their interactions were fascinated and I liked that none of them developed a romance. It would have been so unrealistic. The diversity was so rich and incredibly written. All of the main characters suffered from some sort of neurodiverse condition/s like (PTSD, OCD, depression, narcolepsy) which caused chronic insomnia. I have never read a book with about a character with a sleep disorder before, let alone an entire cast, and I thought that added another layer to the story so effortlessly. There was also a lot of racial diversity so yay for that. My favourite part of all of this was definitely how George called out the other characters when they said judgemental comments. I highlighted so much of her dialogue! I also have to say that the multiple perspectives were incredibly well written. I had no problems distinguishing the different voices and enjoyed all of them equally. Overall?I adored this book and would happily recommend it with all my heart. It was so, so engaging and thrilling. I was sucked into this world and could not stop flipping the pages to see what would happen next. It was so addictive! The cast was also amazing. There was not a single POV I did not enjoy and I felt that all of the characters were fleshed out and realistically flawed, complex characters. The cliffhanger has left me dying for the sequel, which I was eagerly be anticipating for the rest of the year. *sobs* Review copy provided by the publisher for an honest review.
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  • Mandy
    January 1, 1970
    Now being part of the book blogging world, I dread giving one star reviews when in the past, I never really realized the impact of them. But this book was just...it had such a fascinating premise and it executed it brilliantly in parts (which is somehow how I actually got through a good deal of this book), but there were so many negatives that I couldn't convince my book gut to go with anything else. There's something I love about a good group horror novel. Much of Laurie Faria's Stolarz's horro Now being part of the book blogging world, I dread giving one star reviews when in the past, I never really realized the impact of them. But this book was just...it had such a fascinating premise and it executed it brilliantly in parts (which is somehow how I actually got through a good deal of this book), but there were so many negatives that I couldn't convince my book gut to go with anything else. There's something I love about a good group horror novel. Much of Laurie Faria's Stolarz's horror novels (the only ones that so far have enthralled and not completely traumatized me) are group narration novels in the horror category. This story was pitched as sci-fi horror, and while it didn't say in the summary, I was delighted to find this was a group narration novel. The more, the merrier!Except...it wasn't merry. I didn't connect with literally any character. I thought Cata wasn't horrible, but I mean, I still didn't really enjoy her as much as I should with her being lead person. The only person I actually enjoyed was Jaime and she wasn't even in the creepy Dreamfall! Some of the characters were just upsetting as well. One character was mean for literally no reason. They gave him some excuses, but then he routinely said problematic things and constantly made fun of someone. I literally cringed at most of the things that he said. Dreamfall was interesting for a bit, but then at some point, it just stopped. It felt like there was too much of a pattern to it, and the things that were supposed to be scary just fell flat to me. It wasn't interesting anymore, and I never felt the tension that I needed to be. When a character died, I was just like, oh, okay. OH, OKAY? How is that a valid response? I somehow got through a good half of this because I really wanted to love the concept, but I was routinely disappointed by the characters and the lack of scary, tense plot. I did skim the rest of it, and the twists and turns that were revealed, again, just made me go, eh. Again, it just sounded SO intriguing, but the characters really pulled it down. One crown and a Merida rating, even though I love me some Merida (it was the plot that dragged that one down for me).
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  • Jay G
    January 1, 1970
    Want to see more bookish things from me? check out my Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfer...2.5/5 Stars 7 teenagers with crippling insomnia decide to undergo an experimental procedure in hopes of a cure. When the experiment goes wrong, the teens quickly discover they are stuck in a dream world where their nightmares live. Now they need to work together to get out of Dreamfall until its too late and they're stuck forever.I really wanted to like this... it was on my most anticip Want to see more bookish things from me? check out my Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfer...2.5/5 Stars 7 teenagers with crippling insomnia decide to undergo an experimental procedure in hopes of a cure. When the experiment goes wrong, the teens quickly discover they are stuck in a dream world where their nightmares live. Now they need to work together to get out of Dreamfall until its too late and they're stuck forever.I really wanted to like this... it was on my most anticipated releases when it first came out but I was very disappointed in it. The idea of the story really intrigued me but it definitely fell short in my opinion. I felt at times that the book dragged and was repetitive. Each dream the teens found themselves didn't spook me the way I hoped they would and they all seemed similar to me. It almost felt like the plot line was going around in circles. I liked the three points of view between the two subjects Cata and Fergus as well as the premed student Jamie. Jamie was definitely my favourite because that was when we got to learn more about each character and why they were participating in the experiment. I did feel that most of the characters felt flat and one dimensional to me and I didn't connect with any of them. The plot was fast paced and moved along quickly with easy to read chapters, it just wasn't for me. There is a giant cliff hanger at the end but I don't think I will be continuing with the duology in the future.
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  • Colleen Houck
    January 1, 1970
    There was an old movie I loved called Dreamscape and this reminds me of that. Love seeing what's going on through the student observer's eyes as well as being trapped in the nightmares of all these kids. If you are one for scary things that go bump in the night, then this is definitely the book for you. The clowns freaked me out the most!
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  • Danielle (Love at First Page)
    January 1, 1970
    3-3.5 starsA fun, quick, creepy read! Definitely wish I could go right into the next book. I just wish there had been romance and a solid pairing.
  • Kayla Ritenour (In Between The pages)
    January 1, 1970
    Holy heck y'all!!!I can't even comprehend what exactly this book did to me yet haha.Like this book took so many crazy twists and turns, and had me on the edge my seat.... well, bed the entire time.Let me just explain it all real fast.So.... I pre-ordered this book back before it came out. It was delivered on release day..... And then what do I do? I sit on it forever and a day. So anyways. I've been having an awful time getting Into any books. I finally found a couple here and there. A sci-fi, o Holy heck y'all!!!I can't even comprehend what exactly this book did to me yet haha.Like this book took so many crazy twists and turns, and had me on the edge my seat.... well, bed the entire time.Let me just explain it all real fast.So.... I pre-ordered this book back before it came out. It was delivered on release day..... And then what do I do? I sit on it forever and a day. So anyways. I've been having an awful time getting Into any books. I finally found a couple here and there. A sci-fi, or a fantasy. But even some of the ones everyone's been talking about and into, I just can't seem to get to hold my attention.I've read 2 books. And started and stopped about 6 this past month. It's been brutal. And I've been kinda antsy finding something that does it for me (and it's not like these books I try are boring either. I just can't get myself to enjoy them)So back to this book. I finally decided last night that I'm still in a fantasy mood (particularly YA)So I'm looking through my shelves and piles of books. And nothing is catching or pulling at my attention.And I just happen to spot Dreamfall. I can't remember at all what the book's about. But I love Amy Plum, which drove me to pre-order the book to begin with.So I head off to bed (I'm an insufferable insomniac. So the start of bed time for me is around 1 or 2 am. 1 in this case.)Ironic I know, considering what this book is about (It was not lost on me y'all. Not one bit har har)And for once, I start this book and immediately it catches my interest. So fast forward 4 hours. And it's 5 am now.... blurry eyed, about to pass out where I'm sitting up in bed, I turn to the last page and HOLY FREAKING JESUS ON A FREAKING CRACKER!!!!!Like my mind is so completely blown and I have no words, and I'm trying to be as quite in my freaking out as I can, so I don't wake everyone plus my cats up in the house. But I'm silently rocking, mouth open, staring down at this mind bomb of a book.... And trying to figure out if I missed something somehow, because there is no possible way that was the actual end to the book. Like there's got to be a epilogue to the epilogue..... And scouring the internet to find out if this book is going to be a series, because I cannot deal with that ending at all haha. (FYI I believe I figured out that this book is going to be a duology)But let me just say. As crazy that all wound up being..... I loved the book from start to horribly fantastic cliffy end hahaThis book took me on such a roller coaster and I loved it so so much.It's one of those books that leaves you guessing, and just when you get it all figured out.... BOOM!! Something changes, and you're left speculating all over again.But that was the fun part of the book. Never knowing who or what was going to be the bad guy. Or what was real and what was not.I also loved how Amy split this book into the 3 POV's. I always get a little worried when there's more than 2. Books can get messy and confusing when you try to show too many angles.But in this case, it added so much more depth and understanding to the story.The characters grew on me so fast, and I found myself rooting for all of them, and crushed by particular developments concerning a few of them too.But guy! Guys! I had something about the characters pegged so well. And OMG I almost freaked out when I found out I was right.Like you Go Amy Plum! Giving us such unique and interesting characters.This book was a terrifying, and even at times a freaky read. And exactly what I needed in my time of bookish need.Plus it gave me a chance to stretch out all those book mojo powers of mine and take a crack at the mystery. And let me tell you. I was spot on a few times. And other times I was just barely brushing on being on the right track. while a few I was completely not expecting.This book had great in-depth characters that you start to feel and fall for so whole heatedly. And can't wait to see what will come of them.While also offering a very colorful and expanded world. That could only come up in our most twisted haunting nightmares.Thanks for some of those BTW Amy. I totally appreciated them at 3 am haha.But I can't tell you all how much you need to go pick up a copy of this book. It was totally stunning. And if anyone knows.... I've got to know if there will be more!!!Without a shadow of a doubt...I give DREAMFALL⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐5 STARS⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐POST EDIT!!!!!This book IS part of a duology, and the 2nd book is called Neverwake!!(I need it NOW)
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  • Mariana
    January 1, 1970
    Probablemente el peor libro que he leído este 2017. La historia sonaba muy interesante pues supuestamente es un libro perfecto para fans de "Pesadilla en Calle del Infierno" y "Matrix". El planteamiento es bueno y, de hecho, inicia con una buena secuencia de terror en la que aparece un personaje descarnado persiguiendo a una chica, pero después de eso, todo es tedio interminable.Mi mayor problema con este libro es que hay demasiados personajes y que no conecté con ninguno. Además, al leerlos, se Probablemente el peor libro que he leído este 2017. La historia sonaba muy interesante pues supuestamente es un libro perfecto para fans de "Pesadilla en Calle del Infierno" y "Matrix". El planteamiento es bueno y, de hecho, inicia con una buena secuencia de terror en la que aparece un personaje descarnado persiguiendo a una chica, pero después de eso, todo es tedio interminable.Mi mayor problema con este libro es que hay demasiados personajes y que no conecté con ninguno. Además, al leerlos, se sienten escritos por una persona mayor que piensa que así suenan los jóvenes, pero realmente nadie en la vida real actúa así o dice eso. ¿No sé si me explico? No le estoy diciendo chavoruca a la autora ni nada, pero la verdad sus personajes sí son bastante acartonados. Rescato algunos de los sueños que tienen descripciones grotescas, creo, que si en vez de jugar con tantas ideas se hubiera decantado sólo por una, esta historia hubiera mejorado significativamente. Lástima, pero definitivamente no leeré la segunda parte.
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  • Shelley
    January 1, 1970
    *Source* Publisher via Edelweiss*Genre* Young Adult Fiction / Thrillers & Suspense *Rating* 3.5-4*My Thoughts*Amy Plum, author of the Revenants trilogy, returns with a Nightmare on Elm Street inspired horror duology called Dreamfall. Dreamfall has a rather large cast of characters. It features teens like Catalina (Cata) Cordova, Fergus, Sinclair, Remi, and Ant who all suffer from sleeping disorders that affect their every day way of life. During the experiment, an earthquake interrupts the e *Source* Publisher via Edelweiss*Genre* Young Adult Fiction / Thrillers & Suspense *Rating* 3.5-4*My Thoughts*Amy Plum, author of the Revenants trilogy, returns with a Nightmare on Elm Street inspired horror duology called Dreamfall. Dreamfall has a rather large cast of characters. It features teens like Catalina (Cata) Cordova, Fergus, Sinclair, Remi, and Ant who all suffer from sleeping disorders that affect their every day way of life. During the experiment, an earthquake interrupts the experiment, sending the teens into what the doctors believe is a coma. The teens actually find themselves thrust into a group dream, where they are forced to battle their way through their nightmare after nightmare in order to survive.*Full Review Posted @ Gizmos Reviews* http://gizmosreviews.blogspot.com/201...
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  • Crowinator
    January 1, 1970
    Like a teen version mash-up of Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors and Identity, without (view spoiler)[a supernatural killer or dissociative identity disorder! (hide spoiler)]ETA: It's taken me this long to remember the name of the 80s movie this book most reminds me of: Dreamscape (1984 Dennis Quaid, baby!). Watch and enjoy.
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  • BookLoversLife
    January 1, 1970
    I went into this only knowing that Amy Plum wrote it. I really enjoyed her Die for Me series and loved her After the End series and this sounded right up my alley!! This focuses on a group of teenagers who are brought together because they all suffer the same thing... insomnia. Each of them have their other problems, but insomnia is why they are here. They agree to take part in an experimental trial, that sees them being put into a sleep state and their brain being gently pulsed with electricity I went into this only knowing that Amy Plum wrote it. I really enjoyed her Die for Me series and loved her After the End series and this sounded right up my alley!! This focuses on a group of teenagers who are brought together because they all suffer the same thing... insomnia. Each of them have their other problems, but insomnia is why they are here. They agree to take part in an experimental trial, that sees them being put into a sleep state and their brain being gently pulsed with electricity to help them sleep. But something goes wrong with the trial and now all the teens are stuck in a shared dream world, with no recollection of how they got there or how to leave. Every 20 mins, they are sucked into one of their nightmares, with creatures and things better left in the imagination. What happens if you get hurt here? Can they get out with their sanity?So, this pretty much rocked!! I remember watching a Nightmare on Elm Street when I was young and it absolutely terrifying me. The idea of being stuck in nightmare after nightmare was even worse! The poor kids, they went from dream to dream with only about 20 mins between them. Starting off they are by themselves but eventually they find each other and I loved it. It was like all your worst things come to life!!! *Shudder* The author really put a lot of effort into the details and it showed. Each world/situation they went into was worse as they went along!!The characters were all well written. Each of them have a story to tell and we get to see some of them unravel throughout. Fergus, BethAnn, George, Remi, Sinclair, Ant and Cata are all intriguing and extraordinary characters, that you can't help but like and root for. We see some of the chapters from each of their POVs and it helped create a bond. I'm already so excited to read the conclusion of this and see what happens these awesome characters, even though this isn't out yet!! Anyway, this was an intense, scary and emotional read. I loved reading about the characters, but I also loved reading the "behind the scenes" parts in the lab. The author must have done a lot of research into insomnia and sleep studies because the detail in the book was interesting and intriguing. I googled some of the conditions the characters had because I didn't know what some of them were. The nightmare realm was also amazing. The author created some horrifying situations that will give me nightmares ;) Brilliantly written and developed, I can't recommend this enough. I so want to see this as a movie, though I'd be hiding behind my hands for most of it, lol.
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  • Kayla
    January 1, 1970
    Dreamfall by Amy PlumTeens that suffer from a illness that makes it impossible for them to sleep without having nightmares have been moved to a clinic where doctors say that they have a cure. when the cure goes wrong and the teens are stuck in their nightmares and have no way out, they must try to face their darkest nightmares.CHARACTERS-I loved these cast of characters. I love reading about characters will illnesses in fantasy books because it adds a realistic aspect because some people do suff Dreamfall by Amy PlumTeens that suffer from a illness that makes it impossible for them to sleep without having nightmares have been moved to a clinic where doctors say that they have a cure. when the cure goes wrong and the teens are stuck in their nightmares and have no way out, they must try to face their darkest nightmares.CHARACTERS-I loved these cast of characters. I love reading about characters will illnesses in fantasy books because it adds a realistic aspect because some people do suffer from night trauma and I liked that this was included in a fantasy book.ROMANCE-Amy Plum is one of the best romance writers. Her books are filled with romance and it's so well written. This book had so much Potential to have included more romance. Cata and fergus were amazing and I would have liked more romance between the cause I ship these two.PLOT-This was one of my most highly anticipated books of the year by just reading the plot. The plot sounded so mysterious and super intriguing.ENDING-The ending was great and I can't wait for the sequel.Characters-8/10Romance-8/10Plot-9/10Ending-7/10Speed-9/10
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  • Lilyn G. | Sci-Fi & Scary
    January 1, 1970
    RTC.
  • Sheena
    January 1, 1970
    a solid 2.5. entertaining and a light, quick read. Aside from the clowns.
  • Zoe
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars Dreamfall is an original and unique story that is relatively difficult to get into in terms of keeping track of the cast of characters, but once you begin reading it's captivating and impossible to put down. Dreamfall follows seven teenagers who have signed up for an experimental procedure to help cure their insomnia. But when a small earthquake destroys the lab equipment, the teenagers are catapulted into a shared dream world where their worst nightmares come to life.What's inte 3.5 stars Dreamfall is an original and unique story that is relatively difficult to get into in terms of keeping track of the cast of characters, but once you begin reading it's captivating and impossible to put down. Dreamfall follows seven teenagers who have signed up for an experimental procedure to help cure their insomnia. But when a small earthquake destroys the lab equipment, the teenagers are catapulted into a shared dream world where their worst nightmares come to life.What's interesting about Dreamfall is that it is partly told through the perspective of Jamie, a Yale premed student documenting the experiment for her thesis. This was an interesting stylistic choice as it gave us the opportunity to notice what was happening outside the dreamworld. The story is also comprised of two other perspectives - two of the teens in the experiment.The flaw of the story is that, at the beginning, it's a bit difficult to keep track of each of the seven teens in the experiment. It takes a little while to adjust to and keep track of all the characters. Additionally, some of the characterization fell a bit flat. Besides having very intriguing backstories, there really wasn't much personality or depth to the seven teens involved in the experiment. Take away the backstories and it would almost feel like they were all the same person. This probably helps explain why it is so hard to keep track of them in the beginning.In the end, while not perfect, this is a book that is unlike anything else in young adult literature. It is pack filled of twists and turns and a unique concept. It's almost reminiscent of a Twilight Zone episode and the movie Inception.
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  • Maud
    January 1, 1970
    Second read: 2018I reread this book in anticipation of the sequel which comes out in a couple of months. I was also in the mood for a creepy YA and since I really loved this book I decided this would probably do the trick. And oh boy, it did! I still love this book just as much as the first time I read it!First read: 2017That was epic! Check out my full review here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8RrCr...The story, the nightmares, the characters, I loved it all! If I had to give something negat Second read: 2018I reread this book in anticipation of the sequel which comes out in a couple of months. I was also in the mood for a creepy YA and since I really loved this book I decided this would probably do the trick. And oh boy, it did! I still love this book just as much as the first time I read it!First read: 2017That was epic! Check out my full review here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8RrCr...The story, the nightmares, the characters, I loved it all! If I had to give something negative to say it is that I want to know more (luckily this is not a standalone so I already consider that done) and that Jaime should have phrased the sentence at the end differently because that could make a huge difference but I get why this is more exciting! I love though that nowhere in this book is it specified whether Jaime is a boy or a girl, really cool! And I would be totally not surprised if this book is going to give me nightmares... Basically: I love this book and highly recommend it if you are looking for a cool and creepy YA thriller with a diverse cast of characters who are dealing with many different types of (mental) illnesses.
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  • Hope (HopelessBookAddict)
    January 1, 1970
    My Thoughts...To start, there was not much explaining of what was happening except throughout the book so I was lost half the time. The characters were cool and diverse. I liked how they grew together and went through each other's dreams. I did not the researcher and his chapters. They were fun to read. Half way through we get an explanation and it is typical. The dreams they are in are random and do not really have any depth. And it ends horribly. I will NOT be continuing with the series. 2/5&l My Thoughts...To start, there was not much explaining of what was happening except throughout the book so I was lost half the time. The characters were cool and diverse. I liked how they grew together and went through each other's dreams. I did not the researcher and his chapters. They were fun to read. Half way through we get an explanation and it is typical. The dreams they are in are random and do not really have any depth. And it ends horribly. I will NOT be continuing with the series. 2/5<3 HopelessBookAddict!
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  • Glen
    January 1, 1970
    I won an ARC of this book in a goodreads drawing. An advanced laboratory is trying to cure insomnia by hooking young people up to a device. As usual in these things, something goes wrong. In this case, the youngsters' dream-selves are permanently in the dream worlds of their own making, while their physical selves are in comas. Meanwhile, the doctors in the lab try to save the kids and salvage the experiment.Some of the dreams are interesting, and there is some nice drama and tension, with a few I won an ARC of this book in a goodreads drawing. An advanced laboratory is trying to cure insomnia by hooking young people up to a device. As usual in these things, something goes wrong. In this case, the youngsters' dream-selves are permanently in the dream worlds of their own making, while their physical selves are in comas. Meanwhile, the doctors in the lab try to save the kids and salvage the experiment.Some of the dreams are interesting, and there is some nice drama and tension, with a few surprising twists. However, it is PC to the extreme, so I took a star off.
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