Around the world humans are hallucinating after sleepless nights.
In a sterile, underground institute the forecasters keep reporting the same events.
And in the backwoods of Texas, a sixteen-year-old girl is about to be caught up in a fierce, ethereal battle.
Roya Stark. She drowns every night in her dreams, spends her hours
reading classic literature to avoid her family’s ridicule, and is prone
to premonitions—which are becoming more frequent. And now her dreams are
filled with strangers offering to reveal what she has always wanted to
know: Who is she? That’s the question that haunts her, and she's about
to find out. But will Roya live to regret learning the truth?
The book begins right into the beginning of the plot. We learn more about the main character and her life into an already progressing story. Roya has just recently learned of her abilities to dream travel and the Lucidites call upon her help to fight against the evil Zhuang who is causing the world troubles. Roya learns she is the chosen one and must help fight him to save her family...and the world.
To say that Roya has a rude awakening when first trying to enter the institute to get her instructions, it's kind. Roya is confronted with humiliation and confusion since the moment she wakes up. Her attitude comes off as very haughty and rude. She feels played and embarrassed but she never fully grows out of her bad attitude. I never came to really love her character but I did find her tolerable after awhile as she softens to the other characters.
The writing is good and the pacing well done. It is mostly like a special school setting where they must complete tasks to obtain a place on the team to go into battle. They practice with their special abilities and form a group that can work together under stress.
The trials and abilities they have adds a lot of science fiction to a fantasy story. There is romance and the beginning of what looks like a triangle. The whole book is leading up to a very action packed ending in which a lot happens very fast. The majority of the book we are getting to know the characters and how well they work with each other.
I enjoyed the story and it's something I would do a re-read on. I think those who enjoy a feisty and bitchy characters who are brutally honest would enjoy the story. At times there was some reminiscent to the feelings I had while reading Divergent.
4 stars, fun adventurous and unique characters.