Book Review of The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker
Description from Netgalley
One night, in an isolated college town in the hills of Southern California, a first-year student stumbles into her bedroom, falls asleep—and doesn’t wake up.
She sleeps through the morning, into the evening. Her roommate cannot rouse her. Neither can the paramedics who carry the girl away, nor the perplexed doctors at the hospital.
Then a second girl falls asleep, and a third, and panic takes hold of the college and spreads to the town.
Something a little different for me this one. I loved the description of The Dreamers and also Karen’s other book The Age of Miracles so wanted to give it a go.
I do usually like a book that moves quiet quickly with twists and turns and with characters that I can connect with so I found this book very different.
For a story about an event as catastrophic as this one, people falling asleep from an unknown virus, I would expect it to be written with action and noise, but it wasn’t. What I did find however, and it crept up on me, was the emotion I got from the book. Not for the characters but from the way I realised the book left me feeling each time I stopped reading! Haunting!
I sometimes found myself feeling almost a little uneasy and not understanding why. I even experienced some strange dreams. It was the last third of the book where I eventually recognised what was happening and that this sense of fear/loss was staying with me throughout the day.
The last few chapters were so moving. Particularly the part where some thought what they had dreamed was in fact their life. I don’t want to give any of the story away but this was a book that took me away from what I usually read and in this case it proved to be a good thing.
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.