Author: Elizabeth Knox
Rating: 3.5/ 5
Laura comes from a world similar to our own except for one difference: it is next to the Place, an unfathomable land that fosters dreams of every kind and is inaccessible to all but a
select few, the Dreamhunters. These are individuals with special gifts: the ability to catch larger-than-life dreams and relay them to audiences in the magnificent dream palace, the Rainbow
Opera. People travel from all around to experience the benefits of the hunters’ unique visions. Now fifteen-year-old Laura and her cousin Rose, daughters of Dreamhunters, are eligible to test
themselves at the Place and find out whether they qualify for the passage. But nothing can prepare them for what they are about to discover. For within the Place lies a horrific secret kept
hidden by corrupt members of the government. And when Laura’s father, the man who discovered the Place, disappears, she realizes that this secret has the power to destroy everyone she loves . . .
In the midst of a fascinating landscape, Laura’s dreamy childhood is ending and a nightmare beginning. This rich novel, filled with beauty, danger, politics, and intrigue, comes to a powerful crescendo, leaving readers clamoring for Book Two.
Dreamhunter is a 2007 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.
Laura comes from a similar world from our own with one large difference. There are dream hunters. The Dream, Hunters are able to catch dreams and show them to other people. Famous dream hunters perform them for other people.
Laura and her cousin Rose have grown up dreaming of being dream hunters. Rose’s mother and Laura’s father are dream hunters and the girls hope the gift has been passed onto them. When they become of age, both girls do a try to discover if they are dream hunters. The world of dream hunters is filled with lies and deception that Laura and Rose discover as they fall farther into this newly discovered world.
I enjoyed the unique idea of the novel but I did not find myself completely absorbed into the story. I did not connect with the characters. I found Laura to be frustrating at times. She was a follower in the first part of the book then her personality completely changes in the second half and I found her to be snotty at times. The adults in the book were also frustrating. They allowed Laura who is fifteen to walk all over them and allowed her to do whatever she pleased.
Overall I enjoyed the idea but not being able to connect to the characters made me feel disconnected from the story. I may read the sequel but I am not in a rush to find out what is going to happen next.