Friday, January 20, 2017

Review: Dreamology by Lucy Keating

Dreamology by Lucy Keating
Series: Standalone
Published: April 12th, 2016
Publisher: HarperTeen
336 pages (eARC)
Genre: Contemporary YA/Science Fiction
Acquired this book: Via Edelweiss in exchange for honest consideration
Warning: May contain spoilers
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For as long as Alice can remember, she has dreamed of Max. Together they have traveled the world and fallen deliriously, hopelessly in love. Max is the boy of her dreams—and only her dreams. Because he doesn’t exist.

But when Alice walks into class on her first day at a new school, there he is. It turns out, though, that Real Max is nothing like Dream Max, and getting to know each other in reality isn’t as perfect as Alice always hoped.

When their dreams start to bleed dangerously into their waking hours, the pair realize that they might have to put an end to a lifetime of dreaming about each other. But when you fall in love in your dreams, can reality ever be enough?

Dreamology is a breath of fresh air. It combines my favourite YA genre - contemporary - and adds in elements of fantasy and science fiction that set it apart and made it wonderfully unique. After reading several meh books and a DNF, Dreamology was exactly the type of light, fun, and funny book I needed.

Alice was a fantastic main character. She had a great voice that felt age appropriate and her thoughts and actions rang true to her age. I connected with her easily and wanted to see her succeed in everything she did because she seemed so real. Besides Alice, this book was full of fantastic characters. I adored Max; he was literally Alice’s dream boy, but he wasn’t perfect, which I appreciated. He was a bit of a mystery at times, since Dream Max and Real Max were so different to Alice, but despite that, he clearly knew Alice well. I loved how even when he seemed distant, he was always looking out for Alice and clearly cared about her. Alice’s best friend Sophie, and her new friend Oliver were stand-out secondary characters. Oliver was hilarious, and if I hadn’t loved Max so much I would have wanted Alice and Oliver together. Alice’s dog Jerry deserves a special mention too. I loved how he was always there, a special part of Alice’s life and her memories of growing up. Keating did an incredible job with all the characters; they were all so real, all had a purpose, and they all leapt of the page.

The dream sequences in the book were so much fun to read. They were wild and crazy and imaginative, and as someone with a vivid imagination, I loved reading about Alice and Max’s dream adventures. It was also fascinating to learn some of the science behind dreams. Dreams are such a mystery to most of us, so I appreciated how those facts were woven into the book in a natural, interesting way. I also appreciated that even though there were fantastical elements that made you feel like you were in a dreamworld, there were also realistic situations - Alice’s family issues, school, trying to figure out what to do with her life, her feelings for Max, a friend’s unrequited feelings for her. There was a lot of real ‘teen stuff’ and it all felt really authentic. 

Dreamology is a book that will stick with me for a long time. Full of vivid descriptions, memorable characters, and an original plot, Dreamology is a must-read for fans of contemporary YA who are looking for a little something extra.

Have you read Dreamology? What did you think? If you haven't read it, do you plan to? Do you have vivid, memorable dreams or do you forget your dreams the minute you wake up?

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