Release date: May 2nd 2017
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.
Every now and then I love picking up a creepy read that I think will leave me unsettled and thinking about it long after I put it down. I also really liked Amy Plum’s other books so I was very hopeful that this one would be exactly what I was looking for in a creepy read. It definitely did its job in keeping me intrigued, guessing, and just the right amount of creeped out where I was on edge but didn’t feel like I had to put the book down(I liked being scared but not too scared).
Cata was a great main characters but I also liked the additions of POVs from Fergus, a fellow experiment participate, and Jaime, a student observing the experiment. It was interesting to see the experiment gone wrong from two vantage points. Through Cora and Fergus we got to see the teens fighting for their lives in the dream world they were trapped in and through Jaime we got to see the more medical side and a connection to the outside world so we knew there were people trying to save them. All three POVs were easy to distinguish from each other and I felt I had a good sense of all the characters.
Jaime ended up being my favourite POV, mostly because his chapters acted as a way to get to know each character through their medical files and other information Jaime dug up and gave the reader insight into the medical experiment as a whole. Cata and Fergus, along with the other teens, were trapped in a world that kept throwing them into their worst nightmares and some of those nightmares were extreme. They each have reasons they’re suffering from insomnia and this experiment was supposed to be something that could finally help them. Instead it was a literal nightmare.
There were many twists, especially with the characters, and I was happy that the book managed to surprise me a few times. It ended up being a very creepy, didn’t want to put it down, then didn’t really want to sleep type of a read. And it definitely has me excited for the next one.
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.