Smith, Lindsay Dreamstrider 391 pgs. Roaring Book Press, 2015. $17.99 Content: Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: PG13 Violence: PG13
Livia has a
secret talent that allows her a way out of the dangerous claustrophobic slums
of the tunnels. She is a dream strider, able to take over the bodies of other
people while they sleep (or are forced to sleep). Acting as a spy for her
country, Barstadt, she is able to live in the sunshine and air. But her freedom
is held over her head, and Livia isn’t the most successful at her missions,
often her partner Brandt pulling her through. When the country is threaten by
the Nightmare that once plagued them and political espionage, she must try her
best or lose everything.
I was very
intrigued by this story, but found the entire setting just gloomy and
depressing, but not in an awesome way like Hunger Games. I found myself
wondering why Livia was so worried about her country at all. The most annoying
thing was that the name of her best friend and the country was so alike
that I was constantly confusing them every time either of them were mentioned, which
is a ton. But as the book built up steam I found myself falling into the world
and the ending is just spectacular. I think many teens will relate to the
ending, as its shakes the very core of Livia’s beliefs. The cover is one of the
most stunning I have ever seen.
Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.