Sunday, April 30, 2017
Review: Dreamfall by Amy Plum
The writing in this book bothered me so much. I had so, so many issues trying to get into the story, and I never once started to like the writing. Which is the most disappointing thing. This is my first book by Amy, but I have been interested in her other books too. But oh, if they all have this writing, then they are not for me. Aw.
I wish I could say that I enjoyed reading about the characters. But I really, really did not. I didn't care about any of them. I just disliked them all. They all felt so boring and none of them were interesting to read about. They were supposed to each have a tragic back story, which I love, but in this book I just didn't care at all. It is told from the point of view of three of the characters. First there is Cata. Sixteen year old girl. I didn't care about her at all. Was curious about what happened to her as a child, but not that curious. Then there was Fergus. Loved his name, but couldn't care less about the boy. And then Jaime. Such an unimportant character that was supposed to be really smart, yet it felt so fake. Bothered me so much. Probably because of the writing.
Wishing I could say that the plot was amazing at least. But it wasn't. It really, really wasn't. I liked that they all had problems sleeping. And I wanted to know why; but when I did know why, it wasn't that awesome anymore. Sigh. This plot is about seven teenagers that are about to take part in a study, which hopes to cure their insomnia. They are all put in a room together, and are put to sleep. But things go wrong, and they won't wake up again. While they are sleeping, they are all dreaming the same thing; all together.
Which I really wish could have been amazing. But it wasn't. It's about them all having the same dream, except it's not really a dream for them; they get hurt, it feels real. Which was something I thought I would love a lot. But I found it all to be so silly. Most likely because of how the book was written. I felt nothing. This book was also supposed to be scary. Because they are all in one big nightmare; with creatures from each of their dreams. But I almost laughed at how silly it was. Not scary at all. I have had worse dreams.
Aw. I really wanted to love this book. But I didn't like any of it. The characters didn't connect with me at all. They didn't know each other. They didn't really get to know each other either. Would have felt different, I think, if they had been friends. There is also a death in this book. The most interesting character died. Of course. And not one of them really cared that she died. Which bothered me too. And they supposedly felt scared all the time, but I didn't see that. I didn't get why they were even scared at all, to be fully honest.
Which might be a bit rude of me. But I didn't find any of their nightmares to be scary. Which was so very disappointing. I suppose that others will find this book to be scary. But I didn't. I didn't care for any of the characters. They are all between thirteen and nineteen. Though the thirteen year old felt really small; I was sure he was five for most of the book. Shrugs. They all acted really weird, to be honest. Small flirting too. Which was just awkward. No romance in this book. Just this weird flirting, so yeah. So disappointing.
I usually write much longer reviews of books. But I can't find more words for this one. It was short, yet I wish it had been even shorter. Just wanted it to end. Sigh. I'm giving Dreamfall one star. I so wish it had been amazing. But it wasn't. Curious to know what others will think of it, though. But for me, it was not good at all. Oh, well. Thank you so much to the awesome HarperCollins International for sending this print ARC to me. Means the most. Despite not liking the book, I'm glad I gave it a try. It sure is gorgeous.